Daniel Birnbaum

Shopping

When she goes shopping
she always says
“I’ll be quick”
in a reassuring tone
and I am sure she honestly tries
to be as quick as possible
but shopping follows another planet’s time.

Daniel Birnbaum likes to give short poems long thoughts.

 

J. R. Solonche

Someday

Someday the last poet in the world
will write the world’s last poem,
and someday the last reader in the world
will read it and say to herself,
“Where is Emily Dickinson when you need her?”

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), and The Black Birch (Kelsay Books).

J. R. Solonche

Local Politics

We’re over
Nebraska,

and the sky
is still blue.

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), and The Black Birch (Kelsay Books).

J. R. Solonche

Wordsworth Redux

Late and soon,
the world is too much
with us on the phone.

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), and The Black Birch (Kelsay Books).

Cindy Bousquet Harris

Tantrum 

I’ve become a yellowjacket
layering its paper nest,
an avalanche of fishhooks,
wishbone wrestler
punching the mat,
the comet’s frigid tail of debris.

Cindy Bousquet Harris loves to watch the sky and listen to the trees.

Sanjeev Sethi

The Answer 

Cells of my body
squeal at the hurriedly
convened synod.

Sanjeev Sethi has authored three books of poetry. This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015) is his latest. His poems are in venues around the world. He is from India.

Megan Denese Mealor

Casino Night

Annie-baby,
save your luck
for a different kind of spender.

Megan Denise Mealor breathes and writes in Jacksonville, Florida, a tattooed city of bustling heart.

Darrell Petska

Primitive Life

Four billion miles from home,
our proxied eyes see clearly
icy Pluto’s secret heart

yet upon our bed’s small plain
we freeze, eyeless and unfeeling,
our inky hearts evading detection
even from ourselves.

Darrell Petska cut short his career as university editor to focus on his own writing, which has appeared in journals such as Red Paint Hill, Right Hand Pointing, Chiron Review, Outcast Poetry and elsewhere. (See conservancies.wordpress.com)