All posts by Dale Wisely

Hilary Sideris

Ammonia

I miss my still closed
gym, walking uphill

on the elliptical’s
steep slope, entitled to

an hour alone at work
day’s end without

you asking if I’ve seen
your phone or if I knew

the ancient Romans
cleaned with urine.


Many years ago, as a child with 20/20 vision in Indiana, Hilary Sideris shot her neighbor with a BB gun.


 

Hilary Sideris

Red River, April 2020

At JBS mothers
& daughters chop

shoulder to shoulder,
sweat, sneeze, scream

over machines in Ixilean,
Tagalog, Mai Mai about

Wuhan’s flattening curve,
New York’s sharp spike,

the budding trees like
lungs turned upside

down in a flat land
prone to flooding.


Many years ago, as a child with 20/20 vision in Indiana, Hilary Sideris shot her neighbor with a BB gun.


 

Matthew Malmberg

Surfing through Facebook

The riptide drags me
through the pain and the outrage
crashes down my throat, but
I’d rather drown
in the stories of others
than learn to swim
through my own.


Matthew Malmberg loses days almost as often as he loses his keys.


 

Howie Good

Head Hearts Hands

And this is how
democracy dies –
leisurely, with head
and hand making
wishful gestures
while the heart
continues frozen inside.

Howie Good is the author of THE DEATH ROW SHUFFLE, a poetry collection forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.


 

Ellen Huang

Want of a Wolf Suit

Once a blue moon
I crawl on all fours
into old hiding places

and howl
for the parts of me
left behind

and wait
for them to howl back.


Ellen Huang is an ace writer of fairy tales, published in 50+ places, who enjoys tasteful horror and reenacting Disney scenes on demand.