All posts by Dale Wisely

Richard Leach

Hope

The book where one signs up
for better days ahead has a million
pages and all are full so we have gone
back to the beginning and begun
to sign on top of names which have
been there for thousands of years.


Richard Leach is a poet and visual artist living in Stamford, Connecticut. https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rleach


 

Todd Mercer

The Ming Ten Directive

Reach for the stars,
but be the reasonable person
capable of gleaning happiness
from a plate of decent sushi too.


Todd Mercer is a regular guy who was nominated for Fiction and Poetry Pushcarts last year, but still answers his own e-mails anyway.


 

John Hansen

Jefferson Street

10:57 by the Farmers & Merchants Bank’s
Clock, 96° outside, inside a cool bed of dimes.


John Hansen is English Faculty at Mohave Community College in Arizona and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Summerset Review, The Pluralist, Philological Review, and Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature.


 

Pippa Phillips

By a planet’s measure,
a millenium is just a breath,
the childhood memory of spinning yourself dizzy in your father’s office chair.


Pippa Phillips is a recovering academic who hasn’t yet given up her peripatetic lifestyle.


 

Andrea Lynn Koohi

Paper Thin

Whenever we played
Rock, Paper, Scissors
you’d always win
by cutting through me,
as if you knew
even then
how easy I was
to shred.


Andrea Lynn Koohi is a creative writer and non-profit copywriter from Toronto, Canada.


 

Corey Mesler

Sylvi Ascending

My granddaughter,
at two,
knows she can
break me in
half with a
frown,
and I wouldn’t
consider
such a thing
as grist
for a poem
except she
comes back and
come back,
straight
into my heart
with a
little load of lightning.


Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and New Stories from the South.


 

Corey Mesler

A Stray Storm

A stray thunderstorm,
without collar
or ID,
snuck into our
neighborhood,
rolled around on
the lawns,
begged for a
quick belly rub
and a scratch
behind its
dark grey ears,
before letting
loose a howl
that darkened
the moon and
soaked our homes,
shaking its considerable coat.


Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and New Stories from the South.