Howie Good

Doe-Re-Me

I am writing
at the kitchen table,
or, rather,
struggling to,
when my wife
excitedly calls me
to the window

and points down
into the yard
where a doe
with a coat
just a shade
from golden
is browsing

on fallen leaves
that if it wasn’t
for the hours
I spend trying
to make poems,
I would have
burned long ago.


Howie Good‘s full-length poetry collection, Gun Metal Sky, is due in early 2021 from Thirty West Publishing.


 

 

Howie Good

Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun

The sun eavesdrops
at the bedroom window,
a little like a detective,
as we move in ways
no one who has seen us
in our everyday clothes
would have thought possible.


Howie Good‘s full-length poetry collection, Gun Metal Sky, is due in early 2021 from Thirty West Publishing.


 

 

Mary Mills

Coronado

I know joy is real
like I know Coronado is still there,
distant but continuous,
desert wind and gold-flecked sand,
though I know I may never be back


Mary Mills is a librarian with six birds who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.


 

 

Benjamin Faro

El Chaltén

In Argentina we
breathe the same air as condors,
stationary in the sky,
that could soar a hundred miles in this wind.


Benjamin Faro is a writer living in Asuncion, Paraguay, whose best writing time is sunrise.


 

 

Catriona Shine

Not Now

Everywhere I ring
they tell me the same story,
that the woman who usually prepares the bodies
is sick,
that I should tie her mouth closed with a silk scarf
before she stiffens,
that they can make the trip out one time only
and will have to take her straight to the graveyard,
that they are sorry
but this is the wrong time to die.


Catriona Shine is an Irish woman who lives in Norway, designing space and putting words in order, usually in the form of novels, short fiction and haiku.


 

 

Yuna Kang

Dresden, 1945

She thought they were stars,
or ancient angels,
hissing down to a rust-colored earth.


Yuna Kang is a queer, Korean-American writer based in Northern California who has been featured in Rising Phoenix Press and the Sierra Journal.