Soumya Rampal

Magnum Opus

I read Plath
and I wonder if
she wrote to
Death
on a sunny day,
when everything was
bright
except for her insides –
“dying is an art”
she said,
her first and last
attempt.


Soumya is trying to be more forthright.


 

 

Stephen  Cramer

Distraction

In the museum
of picture frames, try
not to be distracted
by the paintings within:
incidental lily pond,
subsidiary nudes,
minor skies blurred
by the dizzy churn of stars.


Stephen Cramer teaches writing and literature at the University of Vermont and lives with his wife and daughter in Burlington.


 

 

Mike Cole

Glacier Point Moonrise

Tonight the full moon will climb
the curved shoulder of Half Dome
and we will stand at the lip
of Yosemite Valley and watch
as the miles of spires in the east
are tinged in pale silver


Mike Cole lives and writes and waits on the arrival of poems in the mountains of Central California near Yosemite.


 

 

Steve Klepetar

Poker Face

Beneath our enchanting facial expressions
the skull always waits, poker face.

Tomas Transtromer

It holds eights and aces,
lingers awhile over the last
bet as the pot swells,

ice clinks in the glasses,
cigar smoke curls,
and in the background

a soft guitar, a woman
singing about the endless road.


Steve Klepetar’s granddaughter Lizzy has a favorite Jane Austen novel, and he’d like you to try and guess which one.


 

 

Mike Cole

Black Flame

The last time
you came to me
the night broke
into black flame
and I breathed
just once
before I rose
like windborne ash
and swirled to meet you
where we both became
the same idea.


Mike Cole lives and writes and waits on the arrival of poems in the mountains of Central California near Yosemite.


 

 

J.R. Solonche

Fence Deference

Although the rails
have fallen and only
the posts are in the ground,
four stand-ins for a fence
no longer recognizable,
I’ll leave them alone,
for this morning I saw
a goldfinch perched atop one,
flickering like a flame in the wind.


J.R. Solonche is the author of 25 books of poetry and coauthor of another.