All posts by Dale Wisely

Steve Brightman

Reflection On Smaller Brighter Veins 

On the eve
of color slowly
disappearing,
sunlight spread
across my face
with the same
thermal abandon
that flavored my
days before
dollars were
ever important

Steve Brightman believes there are only two seasons: winter and baseball.

Jessica Goodfellow

The Function of Snow

Snow fell on the ground like a truth
serum, an inverse relief
map of desires,
everyone’s
comings
and go-
ings
laid
bare.

Jessica Goodfellow doesn’t want to do anything but watch the northern lights.

Howie Good

Sea of Reeds

The way all of it was dancing in the wind,
I thought was just so beautiful,
like some buried turbulence stirred up
by the back wash of a giant RV
hurtling down the highway
with a vodka-crazed angel at the wheel.

Howie Good is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize and forthcoming from Thoughtcrime Press.

Howie Good

Late Capitalism

The GPS asked which route,
the shortest or most scenic,

and so it’s not just happenstance
that we happen to be here,

at this roadside rest stop,
where a woman fell, and nobody

even bent down to help her,
and what happiness there is

the one vending machine
that’s not broken gives us.

Howie Good is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize and forthcoming from Thoughtcrime Press. His latest books are Still Running from One Sentence Poems and Hitchhiking Through the Apocalypse from Grey Book Press.

Howie Good

Thinking of Spring in December

Gardens speak
these fiery stories
that have been
buried in them –
ash, smoke, all of it.

Howie Good is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize and forthcoming from Thoughtcrime Press. His latest books are Still Running from One Sentence Poems and Hitchhiking Through the Apocalypse from Grey Book Press.

Megan Merchant

The Pro-Life Approach
to Refugee Children

I will keep the egg nestled
under a warm light
in a bed of hair
I shave from
my head,

and sing it
safe,

but once
the first crack
shows, I will sit
behind my window—

I will leave it to fend,
or die, alone.

Megan Merchant is either happily lost in the tall pines, or updating her website meganmerchant.wix.com/poet.

 

J. R. Solonche

Short Speech for Sisyphus 

See how I torment
my tormentor

by cutting
him out,

and see how I punish
myself by pushing this

stone I cut
up this mountain I built.

J. R. Solonche is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by Five Oaks Press), The Black Birch (Kelsay Books), I Emily Dickinson & Other Found Poems (Deerbrook Editions), and In Short Order (forthcoming from Kelsay Books).