J.S. MacLean – 1 poem

The Fisherman and the Kid

 

Back in the 60s an underage kid

with a legal second cousin and friend

were served beer in the Triangle Tavern

in a small five forked rivers college town.

 

Several local lobster fishermen

in slickers and rubber boots, trap haul done

for the day, sat nearby; spinning, laughing,

exaggerating, and drinking beer too.

 

“See the guy wearing the blue baseball cap?”

my cousin asked me, and “yeah” I replied.

“It’s a woman, but they allow her in

because she’s one of them; a fisherman.”

 

Rivers flowed onward in that afternoon

with two stowaways belonging along.

 

 

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J.S. MacLean has been writing poetry since the early 70s with two collections “Molasses Smothered Lemon Slices” and “Infinite Oarsmen for one” available on Amazon. He has had over 150 poems published in journals and magazines internationally in Canada, USA, Ireland, UK, France, Israel, India, Thailand, and Australia. He enjoys the outdoors, and indoors too. In 2007 he won THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt in Poetry (1st Prize). He strives for the lyrical and hopes for the accidental.

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Gerard Sarnat – 2 poems

“medicine work” 

 

 

does describe

Doc’s untoward

pinballoid

hellishly jobbed

womb-toy

passion play

or unavoidable

free-floating

extrastellar

steely-eyed

not forgiving

nothingness’s

highest dose

mushroom cap

black magic,

               which as

my boy gets old

is oy too much

for moi what

with losing

track pale body,

unaware parts

such as bladder

thusly pissed

meself in all

buck naked glory

— so we lower

to 2-3 grams

which remains

reasonably

        interactive;

that ends up

doing the trick

though push come

to golly shovity

shove shove,

in comparison

empathogenic

Miss Molly’s

MDMA seems

a cooly predictable

picnic lovefest of

CAPITALIZED

SILKY SOFT

POSITIVITY.

 

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MOZY ON

 

 

i. Better dead than read

 

come cowboy cum slowly whimpering

to impotent late-stage capitalism

 

misfits’ wet dream dark night soul

fastfood delivery, oy maybe Turkish

 

girl takeout — defamiliarized scrib-

bling nonce doginish form swirls;

 

I used to write toward y’all once

wishing to elicit pissed humanoid

 

barks. Or as we juiced hootenanny

addicted Jewish ex-communist droll

 

dysphoric standup comic assholes

called for laughs/ boos: if gaffes,

 

booze/ shoot up drugs (perhaps

even our heads off deliverance).

 

 

ii. Hints Of Bourdain’sParts Unknown

 

 

Instantaneously after

this celebrity known for

telling truths passed, Tony’s

Q score jumped through the roof…

 

Sicily just ran posthumously on

CNN despite this seeming paragon of

inspiring lively happiness paradoxically

hanging himself without any suicide note

 

“I am famous for my optimism…

I feel something snap [diving for

octopi] and then slide quickly into

a spiral of near hysterical depression…”

 

 

 

iii. holy ghost

 

 

brain drip

….pilfers

truth, fake

news can

marshal

common

nonsense:

eyes flash

— I dead.

 

 

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Gerard Sarnat is a physician who’s built/staffed homeless clinics as well as a Stanford professor/healthcare CEO. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids plus four grandkids and more on the way. He has been nominated for Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards and is widely published beyond medical in academic journals such as including by Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Virginia Commonwealth, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan and in Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, MiPOesias, Margie, Blue Mountain Review, Danse Macabre, Canary Eco, Military Experience and the Arts, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, and Los Angeles Review. KADDISH FOR COUNTRY was selected for pamphlet distribution on Inauguration Day nationwide. “Amber Of Memory” was the single poem chosen for his 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium. Collections: Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), and Melting the Ice King (2016).

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Robin Wright – 2 poems

At the Cemetery

 

I walk the grounds, read stones

with names from my mother’s

generation, Gladys, Florence, Arlene.

My mother isn’t dead. If she were,

she’d listen then.

 

Her concern no longer a boyfriend or husband

she’s trying to reconcile with or stay with

for the dresses, knickknacks, or booze. Not the one

 

who checked my homework, tore up

the paper, if one math problem was wrong

or one word misspelled. Not the one

 

who tickled me until urine ran down my leg

then laughed while I cried. Not the one

who threatened to kill my dog.

 

Screw them. Pretend Mother died,

lay a rose in front of a stone that’s worn,

trace the name with the tip of my finger,

 

pluck weeds, faded ribbons, limp stems,

as if I am that woman’s loving daughter,

as if I know what her life meant

while she was alive.

 

 

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Erasure

 

Friends have passed away:

Dave, Marcia, Paula, Kerry, Julie, Laura, Michael, Randy,

Places of former employment have closed:

  1. Salt Fish and Chips, Farmer’s Daughter, Tamary Management, Integra Bank

I miss:

Hot air balloons made from dry cleaning bags, margaritas at Hacienda, Payday candy bars, drum solos, cat stories

I no longer have:

Thick hair, tight skin, firm muscles

I no longer am.

 

 

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Robin Wright lives in Southern Indiana. Her work has appeared in The Literary Nest, Rune BearEvent Horizon MagazineAnother Way RoundAriel ChartBindweed MagazineMuddy River Poetry Review, Indiana Voice JournalPeacock Journal,Rat’s Ass Review, and othersTwo of her poems were published in the University of Southern Indiana’s 50th anniversary anthology, Time Present, Time Past. She was a finalist in Poetry Matters’ contest for the Spring Robinson/Mahogany Red Literary Prize.

DS Maolalai – 3 poems

We tried to do it perfectly

 

 

We tried to do it perfectly;

packed the car

with sandwiches, with flasks of tea,

biscuits,

a sleeping bag

and a bottle of wine.

then we struck

west,

with no destination in mind.

 

We had wanted

to get lost on the backroads

and find somewhere to visit

people don’t go often

but it was hours

before we were even out of Dublin

and Ireland

has been signposted to death.

 

You drank wine

while I was driving

and played with the radio

and got bored pretty quick.

4 hours in

and we were looking at the coast,

all the way to America,

with nowhere to go

but backwards.

 

We’d tried to do it perfectly;

once there was a hawk in a field

and once rainshower

and the country spread around us,

green and glistening

as a dropped bottle.

 

You tossed a can at the sea

and complained that you needed the toilet.

I sat

with my ass on the front of the car,

eating a sandwich

trying to remember

the last time I’d been excited

by home.

 

 

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The prince of milky bedsheets

 

 

You say

you are

in love again.

she

is a writer

of course

for magazines,

18

of course,

and pretty hellish

wealthy.

 

Parents with car factories in germany

and business interests

stretching all the way france.

 

You,

of course

are a traitor to your friends

for wanting

this,

for accepting it,

the price of new love.

you accept

our mockery.

one does.

and gossip

which comes

with young bodies,

trotting like a puppy

on a walk to the shop.

our scorn

is a price

for the prince

of milky bedsheets.

 

All you want

is all

that anyone wants,

for someone

to be in love with

until,

like the river

shearing into a shoreline

or the twist

of the ungrateful snake,

life whips around

and bites,

less miserable

than you are.

 

 

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On me every day

 

 

My wallet

(fake snakeskin)

with its tinderscrap of receipts

and its plectrumbone

of exempt debit cards.

a blood donation slip.

a drivers license

cradled with age.

10 Canadian dollars, 20 American dollars

15 euros

(all I can spend).

2 durex condoms (real snakeskin)

and 4 coffeeshop loyalty cards,

2 stamps apiece.

a crumpled photo of Melissa

smiling by some shrubbery,

her eyes back home.

 

 

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DS Maolalai recently returned to Ireland after four years away, now spending his days working maintenance dispatch for a bank and his nights looking out the window and wishing he had a view. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

R. D. Ronstad – 1 poem

VISITATION

 

My father pulled up in his cab, its black
sun visor downturned, proclaiming
NOT FOR HIRE
then shivered up the gleaming walk
my quiet eyes watching
through gauze curtains.

 

I lost him at the front porch
behind the stone right angle
behind the half-drawn shade;
the storm door clicked and creaked
before his meager knock, and after
hissed behind our backs.

 

I climbed across the front seat;
he slid behind the wheel and slumped
and clutched his keys, gazed
longingly into the middle distance as if
something on the other side of Cortland
just past the viaduct, made sense.

 

I gazed at the meter’s metal flag
perched upright on it’s hinge like a hatchet
waiting to be buried.

 

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R. D. Ronstad