Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Poem by Tejan Green Waszak


Distant Dreamers

 
This bridge crumbles behind me
as I race swiftly to the other side
No time to look back
though in my haste
I dare
to look down at the water
and imagine
a more
honorable battle
ending in the belly of a mammal
whose respect I’ve gained
for my tireless effort
though tragically
this will
in the body
of one with more might
may have a different
outcome
Obviously
I am no match for you
In this complicated game
there is no end
and you are receding
Further and further
some force pushes you out
into the dark
night on night skin
the air
intensifies
filled
with
salty suffocation
Mouth agape
requesting answers
there are none
You never dare ask
rejection is looming
You are slipping away
In the silence
your face shines brilliantly
for a moment
there is pleasure
a chance
to study you
In another city we could be strangers
pretend
we are innocent
Your noble face
could go quite far
in another place
Tendering
 
 
 
Tejan Green Waszak is a New York based writer, educator and doctoral student. She received an MFA in Creative  Writing from Long Island University and a BA in Journalism from Hunter College. She can often be found consulting with writers about their work in the writing center of Columbia University.

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Poem by Catherine Weiss


Deflation
 
I used to love the tides,
The taste of chilled salt air,
And the granite boulders scattered along the shoreline
Like dice cast in a glacial game of craps.
But there came a morning when
I looked for the ocean and I saw nothing but
Miles of seaweed shining in the sun,
Deflated.
I picked my way down the slope past the low tide mark
Where I swam the week before,
Now stepping carefully rock to rock.
A mackerel flapped at my feet,
The smacking sound too loud.
I stood with the fish
Until it was still.
 
“You disgust me,”
He said on the last night we spent together.
I sat on the floor and did not cry.
Later, the apology swooped in like a vaudeville hook,
But true things linger.
 
Tectonic plates drag apart
So slowly.
Solid rock splits unnoticed until
Continents are separated by an ocean
So vast the far coast is
Invisible.
 
The sun was hot and
The fish was dead.
Pebbles and silt underfoot
Warm and sharp,
Black grit between my toes.
I could hear the armored legs of a crab
Tottering towards the trench ahead.
It disappeared over the edge
And I followed.
Climbing down the cliffside,
Hand over hand,
The wall slick,
Damp algae underneath my fingernails.
The abyss was drained of sea-water and
The fall, when it came, was infinite.
 
 
 
Catherine Weiss is a poet and author living in Northampton, MA.  In her spare time she enjoys ping pong, monopoly, and audiobooks.  Her website with more info can be found at http://catherineweiss.com.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Poem by JD DeHart


Pedestal
 
the danger of elevating others,
the angel now painfully
visible and laden with error,
the high place creating only
the possibility of fall,
shatter, damage,
now a porcelain figure
lies on the floor, cracked
and suffering, and I am no doctor
nor priest, uncertain of what to do.
 
 
 
JD DeHart is a writer and teacher.  His writing has appeared in Eye On Life Magazine and The Commonline Journal, among other publications.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Two Poems by Ken L. Jones



The Minotaur In The Dime Store

My thoughts they are a puppet show
Where sour apple paper dolls
Act out candlestick lit bedtime stories
As ashen as Emily Dickenson’s
Purple shadow songs
And in the sweet, sweet lilac
Of my afternoon nap
Where tumbleweeds like spinning wheels
Perform a rusted symphony
As I dream of the silver dust of your kiss
Now an apparition in the mist
A warm whisper of indigo
Because though we still live together
You left me long ago.



A Still Life

On this prize overcast almost raining morning in May
My papier-mâché heart breaks with sympathy
For the steam driven merry-go-round
Of our landscaped courtyard of nights and hours
Where in a vineyard that we planted long ago
But have lately let grow fallow
We bicker like beasts in a menagerie
About topics whose dim corridors appear endless
And when we are done for the day
And unspeaking and in separate rooms
All seems like hallucinations I cannot remember
In this my garden of quiet sadness 
Where I attempt somehow to live through all of this
While I paint what well maybe my last canvas



Ken L. Jones has written everything from Donald Duck comic books to dialogue for the Freddy Krueger movies for the past thirty plus years.  In the last three years he has gained great notice for his vast publication of horror poetry which has appeared in many anthology books, blogs, magazines and websites and especially in his first solo book of poetry Bad Harvest and Other Poems.  He is also publishing recently in the many fine anthology poetry books that Kind of A Hurricane Press is putting out.




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Poem by Amy Barry


Tomorrow Maybe Love
 
With long, powerful movements,
she covers one yard after another,
swimming the breaststroke,
raises her head above the
surface, draws air, then
lowers it back down.
 
Weightless, timeless in the water,
alone in the swimming pool,
thoughts of him haunt,
murmur and whisper.
Uncertainty plagues,
like a toothache.
 
 
 
Amy Barry writes poems and short stories. Her poems have been published in anthologies, journals, and e-zines, in Ireland and abroad. Her poems have been read and shared over the radio in Australia, Canada and Ireland. She loves traveling. Trips to India, Nepal, China, Bali, Paris, Berlin have all inspired her work. When not inspired she plays Table Tennis.
 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Two Poems by A.J. Huffman



Letting Logic Lie

quietly between us

I hold your secrets
of unfeeling
locked in the ebony sun
of my mind
as you play
at bending the barriers
that hold us in stalemate
waiting
certain I will break
             them
for you

My job is to mirror all you are not

You search me for the expected
what you know is there
finding only saddened serenity
and your surprise
when you realize you pushed
too hard
and
       I
          fell
                into your world
when I looked you in the eye

And swore we had never met
 
 
 
 
Desire
 
is a drop of blood permeating the ocean.
An infusion of color consuming initial point
of contact, slowly spreading in wash
of tendrils.  Temporary is the label
of their touch.  They tickle, tease with soft
hues that distort vision, but quickly grow
weak, dissolve until there is nothing
but the original body, flowing, untainted
by memory.
 
 
 
A.J. Huffman has published seven solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses.  Her eighth solo chapbook, Drippings from a Painted Mind, won the 2013 Two Wolves Chapbook Contest.  She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry, fiction, haiku, and photography have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, Kritya, and Offerta Speciale, in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation.  She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.  www.kindofahurricanepress.com
 

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Poem by J.J. Campbell


All the Damn Yesterdays
 
laying naked in
a casket of regret
 
wondering whose
lips are touching
your soul tonight
 
all the damn
yesterdays pile
together and are
quietly being set
on fire in my mind
 
some mistakes
are unforgivable
 
and no matter how
often the sun rises
the next day
 
the pain never
ceases to crush
me each damn
day
 
it's the stubborn
bastard that lights
the candle in the
window and refuses
to give up hope
 
old romantics
rarely die with
a smile on their
face
 
 
 
J.J. Campbell (1976 - ?) lives and writes in Ohio. He's been widely published over the years, most recently at Dead Snakes, ZYX, Nerve Cowboy, The Camel Saloon and Pyrokinection. His most recent collection, Sofisticated White Trash, is available wherever people buy books these days. You can find him most days on his highly entertaining blog, evil delights (http://evildelights.blogspot.com).