Joy Kettren

Anna Mae

Her mind is a book with a broken spine, opening to the same few, favored passages again and again.

Joy Kettren had a late start, but has been writing poetry for about 15 years.  She has been published in several journals, and would like to be a full-time poet when she grows up.

Gonzalinho da Costa

I like my tea hot and sweet—
hot thermal blooms,
sweet billowing mists—
suffusing beverage of
crow-black herbs,
white-petal clouds,
distilled memories,
prophetic dreams.

Gonzalinho da Costa—a pen name—is a management research andcommunication professional who writes poetry as a hobby.

Gonzalinho da Costa

I like my coffee hot and black—
hot hornet stings,
black squid ink—
heady broth of
bitter cumin,
red pine smoke,
dusky forests,
blue lightning.

Gonzalinho da Costa—a pen name—is a management research andcommunication professional who writes poetry as a hobby.

jimat achmadi

Mendengar nyanyian katak saat mata mulai mengantuk,
seekor kunang-kunang menerangi mimpi.

 

Listening to the frog’s song
a firefly lights up my dream.

 

jimat  achmadi was born in Yogyakarta, writing to unravel himself on a traffic-jam.

Steve Klepetar

By the River

Two girls, at most
sixteen, 

pink hair,
blue hair, frayed
jean shorts, tee shirts
with stenciled


names and faces
of bands,
thin arms glowing
in pale

sunlight, talk
softly, quiet children
awed by mallards

swimming in ripples
not fifty yards from shore. 

Steve Klepetar lives near the Mississippi River in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the ducks are strong, the drakes good looking, and all the ducklings are above average.

 

G. Louis Heath

Iowa Gourmet Coffee Shop

Nose rings
in poetry slam
meet
seed caps in
pinochle game.                        
 
G. Louis Heath teaches at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.

 

Seth Berg

Blue Jays

They fight like street brawlers painted periwinkle,
coniferous punks prettied up  
for a house show packed with posers.



Seth Berg is a hot-sauce-addicted artifact-maker who has written a couple contest-winning poetry collections, Muted Lines from Someone Else’s Memory (2010) and The Aviary (2016) and fathered two munchkins named Oak and Sage whose magical attributes are purely brilliant.