Mary Armao McCarthy

Times

I stood in a pool of time
waiting for the days to evaporate,
and when they had
I could not remember
the feel of the water.


Mary Armao McCarthy is a writer and past president of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild whose work has been scattered through print and online publications for several decades.


 

 

Robert Witmer

An Old Monk

His straw hat
is the full moon
rounding the world
with his bamboo flute.


Robert Witmer, a longtime resident of Japan, is a partially retired professor and poet, who combines a love of family and verse with a passion for petanque and the great outdoors.


 

 

J.I. Kleinberg

It’s open

scrawled in pencil
on a scrap of paper
stuck in the jamb
and I understood
you meant your heart.


Three-time nominee for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards, artist, poet, and freelance writer J.I. Kleinberg makes poems in verdant Bellingham, Washington, and can be found on Instagram @jikleinberg.


 

 


Lisa Mottolo

Eating Hospital Pancakes with an Exposed Nerve in my Front Tooth After a Fatal Car Accident

It tasted like electricity
from a hanging
telephone wire,
and I believe what I was tasting
was the soft remnants of life,
as all we eat
is the once-plump hearts
of beheaded crops
and the warm memories
of what we believe food to be.


Lisa Mottolo is a poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Laurel Review, Santa Clara Review, Typishly, Counterclock Journal, and others.

 


 

 


Sarah Dickenson Snyder

Bullseye

Do we all have a destination,
that some small dot in the middle
of concentric circles, willing us
to stretch the skin’s tautness
over our bones and let go, an arc
of us skimming through air,
seeking a landing deep
into the center of another?


Sarah Dickenson Snyder writes to unearth what she didn’t know she knew. https://sarahdickensonsnyder.com/


 

 


Howie Good

Notes on Punctuation

Consider the period the smaller
of the cannonballs Galileo dropped

from the Tower of Pisa; the comma,
the lolling tongue of a dog; the colon,

the top two buttons left unbuttoned
on her filmy blouse; the semicolon,

an open fly; the exclamation point,
the one-finger salute or a bald man

doing a headstand; the question mark,
an exclamation point bent over with age.


Howie Good is the author most recently of The Death Row Shuffle (Finishing Line Press), The Trouble with Being Born (Ethel Micro Press), and Gunmetal Sky (Thirty West Publishing).