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Calida Osti

Permissions

Sometimes, I get permissions and persimmons conflated—
like chalk or honeysuckle in my mouth.


Calida Osti is a poet and writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Better Than Starbucks, The Midwest Quarterly, misfitmagazine.net, Plainsongs, Rogue Agent, Sugared Water, WINK, Willawaw Journal, and Writers Resist.


 

Steve Klepetar

The Boat of my Birth

They say it happened on a night with no stars,
a night of mist that was almost rain,

and when it was over, my mother held me
above the waves, her quiet face stained with tears

as I lay wrinkled and red, crying a little, then quiet,
as petrels soared and squawked above the mast.


Steve Klepetar has a heart too soon made glad, too easily impressed.


 

Chris Bullard

Advice for a Hermit

Building your dwelling
on a remote mountaintop
won’t mean that you’ll live
any closer to the stars
or more distant from this world.


Chris Bullard’s work has appeared in recent issues of Nimrod, Muse/A Journal, The Woven Tale, Red Coyote, Cutthroat and The Offbeat.


 

J.I. Kleinberg

Resolution

Quick as a coin toss
the decision to lie —

to make myself into
a ribbon of scarves

silken and body-warm
in the sleeve — rabbit

impossibly soft — top hat
full of surprises —

magician — mouth swarming
with honey — with hornets.


Artist, poet, and freelance writer J.I. Kleinberg lives in Bellingham, Washington, and posts most days at chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com and thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com.


 

J.I. Kleinberg

Song

The song is no more than a diagram
of longing plucked from the air,
wings stilled against a shuddering
heart, beak clutched around a final
note, perhaps one of arrival, hope,
love, a promise, or a warble of loss,
twig dropped, nest unfinished, egg
uncertain as tomorrow.


Artist, poet, and freelance writer J.I. Kleinberg lives in Bellingham, Washington, and posts most days at chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com and thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com.