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July 12th, 2016

1 poem

The Shadow Natan Alterman From Hebrew: Zackary Sholem Berger Once there was a man and his shadow. One night the shadow stood up took the man’s shoes and coat, put them on. Passing by it took the man’s hat from the hook, trying as well to remove his head — without success. It took his …

The Shadow
Natan Alterman
From Hebrew: Zackary Sholem Berger

Once there was a man and his shadow.
One night the shadow stood up
took the man’s shoes and coat,
put them on. Passing by
it took the man’s hat from the hook,
trying as well to remove his head —
without success. It took his face off
and put that on too. If that weren’t enough
next morning he went out with his walking stick.
The man ran down the street after him
shrieking to his friends: What a terrible thing!
It’s a shadow! A clown! It’s not me! I’ll
write the authorities! He can’t get away with it! He wailed
bitterly, but little by little got used to it, fell silent, till at last
he forgot about the incident.

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Zackary Sholem Berger is a poet, translator, and short story writer in Baltimore, working in Yiddish and English. By day he is a mild-mannered primary care doctor.

What motivates him to create?

As a translator, I feel honored to be able to avoid the whole notion of independent creation, focusing (in my best moments) on nullifying the self in the universe of another. I am the other. Feeling that I represent that other style and mind is a rare exhilaration.

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July 5th, 2016

1 poem

Smells Like Bukowski August night in Grenada, MS Had to choose between two hotels, and I took a room beside the one where three men shot each other the week before. My credit card didn’t work, didn’t work. Good thing the night teller preferred cash. Even the threat of a fistful of Apple Jacks and …

Smells Like Bukowski

August night in Grenada, MS

Had to choose between two hotels,
and I took a room beside the one
where three men shot each other
the week before.

My credit card didn’t work, didn’t work.
Good thing the night teller preferred cash.

Even the threat of a fistful
of Apple Jacks and community milk
for breakfast couldn’t keep me down.

The ice machine was stacked and clean—
I poured some E & J brandy and Sprite.

Three towels and no washcloth
like the night in San Juan
when the caretaker told you
they don’t use washcloths in Puerto Rico,
and you let him have it.
I let it go.

Swivel-lock gone from the door,
I jammed a chair against the handle.

Bukowski said if it doesn’t roar out of you,
do something else.
I’m back in the game, baby,
back in the game.

*

Born and raised in Scranton, PA (The Office), K. A. McGowan lives in Cajunland in Louisiana. He writes poems and songs and plays the guitar left-handed. His two chapbooks are Rubric and No Passengers.

What motivates him to create?
Poems are waiting in rooms, waiting to be written.

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June 28th, 2016

1 poem

Subject to Sunlight My mother is a lost little girl a thief not an outlaw my mother is th th fa fa ief ief a leaf * Amanda Deutch is the author of five chapbooks most recently, Pull Yourself Together (Dancing Girl Press, 2016) and a forthcoming (currently untitled) chapbook from Propolis Press. Poetry appears …

Subject to Sunlight

My mother is
a lost
little girl
a thief
not an outlaw

my mother is

th
th
fa
fa
ief
ief

a leaf

*

Amanda Deutch is the author of five chapbooks most recently, Pull Yourself Together (Dancing Girl Press, 2016) and a forthcoming (currently untitled) chapbook from Propolis Press. Poetry appears in The Rumpus, Revolver, Bone Bouquet, Shampoo, Denver Quarterly, Watchword Press and elsewhere. A graduate of Bard College, she has been awarded grants and residencies from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Footpaths (Azores) and The Betsy (Miami). Born and raised in Manhattan, she lives in Brooklyn where she curates Parachute Literary Arts.

What motivates her to create?
Locomotion, location, echolocation, memory, human beings.

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June 23rd, 2016

1 poem

The First Airborne Division, Harlaxton, 1943 In dim light over the kitchen rooms RAF pilots drew on the walls parachutes and Pegasus wings: the patches on their shoulders: and the long legged women they’d not yet met. They listened for cough pop engines taking off and landing: the sound like certain disaster: against a silver …

The First Airborne Division, Harlaxton, 1943

In dim light over the kitchen rooms
RAF pilots drew on the walls
parachutes and Pegasus wings:
the patches on their shoulders:

and the long legged women
they’d not yet met.

They listened for cough pop engines
taking off and landing:
the sound like certain disaster:

against a silver smelting sky
the plane’s underbellies
like a school of fish in formation
the acrobatics of peril
smoke trailed strange punctuation.

And they boasted about girls back home
ones from villages, ones from London

ones whose knees they swam between
pond silt breath held
ankles grabbed, smooth calves stroked

looking up at the washout blare
looking up at their ripple distorted bodies

not underwater dreaming then
as they did waiting in those rooms
of the horse haunch gadfly sting:
its rider thrown headfirst
down the gods’ mountain
thistle and stone tossed
sparrow broken to the ground.

*

John Walser, an associate professor of English at Marian University in Wisconsin, holds a doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Barrow Street, Nimrod, Spillway, The Pinch, december magazine, Fourth River, Superstition Review, the Evansville Review, and Bird’s Thumb. He was a featured poet in September 2014 at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. The recipient of the 2015 Lorine Niedecker Poetry Prize as well as a Pushcart nominee and a semi-finalist for the 2013 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, John is currently submitting three manuscripts of poetry for publication.

What motivates him to create?
I know this may sound mildly masochistic, but…I like the pain behind my eye that I feel when I’m not coming up with the right word or image or line, when I can’t make it work, when I don’t know how to finish a poem. The process as much as the finished project is what makes me happy. I want to see how it turns out. I want to see where it branches off. I want to see how it shimmers or shimmies or shatters. That’s what motivates me to write and to create.

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June 21st, 2016

Moon Ballet

Even the cruellest of days can be tamed, not with whips but dancing shoes, fox-trotting over parrot- green dunes, scavenging the earth for childish clues to lick the moon on the driest parts of her salty milk lips. * Christy Bharath is a writer by profession. He has been working as one – in some …

Even the
cruellest
of days
can be
tamed,
not with
whips but
dancing shoes,
fox-trotting
over parrot-
green dunes,
scavenging
the earth
for childish
clues to lick
the moon
on the
driest parts
of her
salty milk lips.

*

Christy Bharath is a writer by profession. He has been working as one – in some capacity or the other – for over a decade in domains such as Media, BFSI, Travel and Tourism, IT/ITES and Healthcare. He has played many roles in his career – copy editor, newspaper columnist, corporate blogger and creative consultant, to name a few. Currently, he heads a communication team for a technology company. He also runs a blog about bird-watching in India and life on planet earth at http://verseherder.wordpress.com. Over 3,000 followers and 4,100+ email subscribers seem to like what he has to say on a regular basis. The WordPress editorial team has featured his as a special recommendation twice on their website. He can also be found at https://medium.com/@verseherder.

What motivates him to create?
My first-ever career aspiration involved a friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex with an equestrian saddle and townspeople in need of a masked hero. Two decades ago, I gave up on it and decided to do something less dramatic instead. I became a writer because each of us have a primordial instinct to create, design and develop ideas and principles. Later, it turns into an urge to share these creations and change people with them. I am motivated to write because I don’t know I can wake up in the morning, and feel good about life without the role that writing plays in my life.

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June 16th, 2016

1 poem

Muffled Screams The cellar smells like being buried alive and awaking like an earthworm paralyzed to wiggle to the surface before dirt sucks all moisture away leaving a fossilized shell like the shelves of peaches, apricots, green beans and tomatoes encased in glass — formaldehyde specimens or pharaoh’s favorite bobbles crowded around him in death. …

Muffled Screams

The cellar smells
like being buried alive
and awaking like an earthworm
paralyzed to wiggle to the surface
before dirt sucks all moisture away
leaving a fossilized shell
like the shelves of peaches,
apricots, green beans and tomatoes
encased in glass —
formaldehyde specimens
or pharaoh’s favorite bobbles
crowded around him in death.
Eyewitness by the light of the door
or a lone flashlight beam,
but feeble comfort inside the tomb
when the door slams shut
or the battery dies,
and only darkness remains
under the earth mound
with muffled screams inside.

*

Diane Webster‘s goal is to remain open to poetry ideas in everyday life or nature or an overheard phrase and to write from her perspective at the moment. Many nights she falls asleep juggling images to fit into a poem. Her work has appeared in “Philadelphia Poets,” “Illya’s Honey,” “River Poets Journal” and other literary magazines.

What motivates her to create?
Like most writers, I have to write. Something triggers my senses, and I start playing with images in my mind. I create a kind of movie, and I describe what I see as it unfolds. The excitement is what corners I turn to discover different directions I can take my images or where my images take me. My environment motivates me to create. Quiet to allow those images to rise and to be written.

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June 14th, 2016

1 poem

Bourbon Street Angels I hear angels hang out on Bourbon St. They survey their territory, stomp old stomping grounds, elbow each other when some drunk drifts out of Lafitte’s to his car. They do not guide or save anyone, they just survey the doings of folks with a dollar or two craving booze-lit zydeco, prize …

Bourbon Street Angels

I hear angels hang out on Bourbon St.
They survey their territory,
stomp old stomping grounds,
elbow each other when some drunk
drifts out of Lafitte’s to his car.

They do not guide or save anyone,
they just survey
the doings of folks with a dollar or two
craving booze-lit zydeco,
prize any soul who drops change
in the cup of some poor boy tap-dancing
on the street to help his mama make rent.

Come first light, they pretend to have breakfast,
knock powdered sugar off each other
while they watch the couples
stopping for coffee and beignets
after a few hours between the sheets.
They know there is nothing like the taste
of sugar after the taste of sex.

They call each other cher but don’t speak
French, don’t speak to anyone but themselves.
No one can see them, that’s how they want it.
They look perfect, undiminished,
but only to each other. They never have to face
mirrors, their stories told, silenced long ago.

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Tobi Alfier is a multiple Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Her most current chapbooks are “The Coincidence of Castles” from Glass Lyre Press, and “Romance and Rust” from Blue Horse Press. “Down Anstruther Way” is forthcoming from FutureCycle Press. She is the co-editor of San Pedro River Review (www.bluehorsepress.com).

What motivates her to create?
I can’t not. If I touch just one person with my words, if one person feels less alone, or connected, I have made a difference. That is all I could ever wish for, and what I hope to accomplish.

The perfect season to resolve any problem is before any visible sign only appear. Mercifully, there are web-sites where you can buy treatment options effortlessly. What can we buy in online pharmacies? There are anticonvulsants. It affects chemicals in the body that are involved in the cause of some types of hurt. There are remedies only for children. If you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction, you perhaps already know about how fast does cialis work. What patients talk about how long does it take for cialis 20mg to work? The symptoms of sexual disorders in men include failure to have any erection. Sexual diseases often signal serious problems: low libido or erectile malfunction may hide a heavy health problem such as core trouble. Sometimes men who take street drugs like marijuana find it awkward to get an erection and turn to erectile disfunction medicines for a temporary solution. Once you’ve studied the basics about men’s erectile dysfunction from us, you may want to see what other reputable websites have to say. The most common potentially serious side effects of such medicaments like Cialis is stuffy or runny nose. Tell your pharmacist if you have any unwanted side effect that does not go away. Absolutely, online pharmacy can lightly help you for solving your all personal problems.

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June 9th, 2016

2 poems

Apples and Oranges I was peeling an orange and the department secretary said you should eat an apple instead because it’s local, and our bodies have evolved to eat local food. So the apple belongs, while the orange does not. Well, I thought, since Jesus spoke in parables, and we walk here under crosses: who …

Apples and Oranges

I was peeling an orange and
the department secretary said
you should eat an apple instead
because it’s local,
and our bodies have evolved to eat local food.

So the apple belongs,
while the orange does not.

Well, I thought, since Jesus spoke in parables,
and we walk here under crosses: who is who?
There is Selmas: working the land,
growing his gnarly apple trees,
trunks painted white against disease…
And Ahasuerus: the wandering Jew,
a foreign fruit lacking local roots…

Thus, her nutritional advice
may be boiled down to this:
“Let us cast aside all oranges
so that the body of our people
should grow strong.”

Well, I told her. I don’t think that’s true.
Vitamins are vitamins and oranges have quite a lot.
Besides, whence these apple trees?
And the potato, our national food,
is something hoary national heroes never ate.
It comes from dark-skinned, Inca roots.

I come from the new world too,
despite my gentile Lithuanian stock.
And I suspect this grafted apple tree
has some foreign strains.

Orange I am, then, (eating with glee)
wandering Europe, wandering the world,
a wandering Jew
who imagines in his folly
that the Great Synagogue of Vilnius,
(rising from its roots like an ancient oak)
still stands.

*

There is this life

The first gaze
Broken
I rolled out of the crib
And stood at the marriage altar
Handed in the papers
Died
It was ordinary
And inane
People
Caught in the web
Crows in a tree, cawing
Starlings warbling
Wind rustling hands
Branches like a map of nerves
Open
To inroads of smoke
And concrete fields of will
With glimpses of a silent well
Along the way
What was gained?
Pleasure – but
So easy to say
The sudden injection of a two-note song
The slow drip of honey between mouths
The grip of a hand like gravity
Holding us to the ground
The fingers of a child
In a dream
In which someone else awakens
And breathes

*

Rimas Uzgiris is a poet, translator, editor and critic. His work has appeared in Barrow Street, AGNI, Atlanta Review, Iowa Review, Quiddity, Per Contra, Hudson Review and other journals. He is translation editor and primary translator of How the Earth Carries Us: New Lithuanian Poets (Vilnius, 2015). His translations of Ilzė Butkutė and Judita Vaičiūnaitė are forthcoming from US publishers. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark University. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship, he teaches literature, translation and creative writing at Vilnius University.

What motivates him to create:
Is anyone sure why artists feel a need to make things? To express themselves? I don’t feel right if I am not making things with words, especially these linguistic things broken up into lines on a page we call poems. I suppose one of the underlying currents that motivates me is the awareness of mortality, of the ephemerality of all that we know and love. I want to preserve something of that, something that matters. And to share it. I use language because I love what language can do. English enthralls me. And I want to share that too.

The perfect time to resolve any problem is before any visible sign only appear. Mercifully, there are web-sites where you can buy treatment options effortlessly. What can we buy in online pharmacies? There are anticonvulsants. It affects chemicals in the body that are involved in the cause of some types of ache. There are remedies only for children. If you’re concerned about erectile disfunction, you perhaps already know about how fast does cialis work. What patients talk about how long does it take for cialis 20mg to work? The symptoms of sexual disorders in men include failure to have any erection. Sexual diseases often signal serious problems: low libido or erectile dysfunction may hide a heavy soundness problem such as soul trouble. Sometimes men who take street drugs like marijuana find it awkward to get an erection and turn to erectile malfunction medicines for a temporary solution. Once you’ve studied the basics about men’s erectile dysfunction from us, you may want to see what other reputable websites have to say. The most common potentially serious side effects of such medicaments like Cialis is stuffy or runny nose. Tell your pharmacist if you have any unwanted side effect that does not go away. Absolutely, online pharmacy can lightly help you for solving your all personal problems.

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May 27th, 2016

Waffle House for Carter

Dammit, Carter, this greasy morning coffee, spattered and scattered breakfast will not blind the poet’s eye. The juke box goes cold until the swolled woman in the red pleather coat checks out of her hotel room and into a booth. Among the spatulas, waffle irons, grill scrapers, the clatter of breakfast utensils, this woman is …

Dammit, Carter,

this greasy morning coffee,

spattered and scattered breakfast

will not blind the poet’s eye.

The juke box goes cold until

the swolled woman in the red

pleather coat checks out of her

hotel room and into a booth.

Among the spatulas, waffle irons,

grill scrapers, the clatter of breakfast

utensils, this woman is slipped

up under some man who is not

her husband he feeds the juke box

and Otis, Al and Luther rattle

out of the busted overhead speaker.

There’s a dope dealer with a cell

phone in his ear and an orange soda

in his hand covered with gold rings

at the booth across the way.

The Waffle House workers are

checked out, clocked out, off

the floor except for Belinda,

the blond headed black lady who

keeps my coffee full and hot.

I harmonize with the noise of

minimum wage workers and Al,

Luther and Otis and when the lady

stuffs her last dollar into the what-could-be

a Wurlitzer, I feel the need to move

or are my feet just stuck to the floor.

Four cups of coffee are enough to move

a man with prostate problems, eggs

and sausage can’t hurt this heart that’s

been scattered and splattered like the faces

of the patrons at the Waffle House

Early Bird Special. Two rode

hard white alcoholic painters

pulling overtime to keep from

losing their doublewide, a bald

headed brother with Bluetooth

and cheap gold chains hustling

knock off Tim’s out of his

Mercedes with thirty-day tags,

the poor little white girl with big ears

and shiny new braces that her

step-daddy barely can afford on

the tithes he gets from his part-time

gig at the store front church, preaching

to a congregation who believe in waffles,

the salvation of maple syrup. Now Miss

Belinda makes another round with extra

creamer, we all need lightning up she jokes,

I’ve seen it all. What comes out after

midnight ain’t worth speaking about

and church people are piss poor tippers,

Granddaddy said, can’t trust a town where

there are more steeples than liquor stores.

*

Marty Silverthorne holds degrees from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and East Carolina University. He has published six chapbooks including his latest Holy Ghosts of Whiskey. He has received several grants from the NC Arts Council and in 2015 he won the NC Poetry Society Poet Laureate Award.

What motivates him to create?
I’m infected with the sound of words and what they convey.

The ideal period to resolve any problem is before any visible sign only appear. Mercifully, there are web-sites where you can buy treatment options effortlessly. What can we buy in online pharmacies? There are anticonvulsants. It affects chemicals in the body that are involved in the cause of some types of ache. There are remedies only for children. If you’re concerned about erectile disfunction, you perhaps already know about how fast does cialis work. What patients talk about how long does it take for cialis 20mg to work? The symptoms of sexual disorders in men include failure to have any erection. Sexual diseases often signal serious problems: low libido or erectile disfunction may hide a heavy heartiness problem such as core trouble. Sometimes men who take street drugs like marijuana find it awkward to get an erection and turn to erectile dysfunction medicines for a temporary solution. Once you’ve studied the basics about men’s erectile disfunction from us, you may want to see what other reputable websites have to say. The most common potentially serious side effects of such medicaments like Cialis is stuffy or runny nose. Tell your pharmacist if you have any unwanted side effect that does not go away. Absolutely, online pharmacy can lightly help you for solving your all personal problems.

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May 20th, 2016

2 poems

Reading Ravensbruck These women suffered Unimaginable brutality. Kicks, Floggings, standing hours in icy rain, subsisting On rutabaga soup and ersatz coffee. Shot for amusement or for talking To a friend or for praying. Gassed In groups. The hellishness torments me Like a bird of prey ripping A rabbit into bits. A friend says at her …

Reading Ravensbruck

These women suffered
Unimaginable brutality. Kicks,
Floggings, standing hours in icy rain, subsisting
On rutabaga soup and ersatz coffee.
Shot for amusement or for talking
To a friend or for praying. Gassed
In groups. The hellishness torments me
Like a bird of prey ripping
A rabbit into bits. A friend says at her age
She reads for enjoyment. But these things
Happen again and again. These women,
Many of them couldn’t believe they would be taken
Or that their destination was not another camp
But a grave. Some smiled and waved
From the truckbed. One Polish girl
Pointed skyward. She would have turned these pages
Of despair just as I do thinking knowledge
Could be a defense
Against the future. It is the future:
Boats full of refugees are sinking,
Families shot in their beds,
Girls abducted from school rooms,
Children taught to slaughter.
All these printed words can’t capture
One moment of happiness or surcease,
Yet some of the women marched singing
To the lethal showers, some of them
Holding hands.

No Trophies of the Sun
After Hart Crane

Splashes of light beneath the trees
Migrate like birds in a forecast
Of instinct and pressing time

Which repeats itself like words
Misunderstood in the common tongue
Of dailyness. What we expect

Is what we think we earn.
So no surprise that flowers overnight
Will take us in white arms

As if engaged with lilies.
The coffin-haunted blooms
Engulf the rooms of people

Who dust the shelves and pour
Coffee into morning mugs. Who wait
For each day to imitate the other.

*

Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review,etc. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She has published 16 books including Selected Poems” from FutureCycle Press which received the 2013 FutureCycle Prize and “Ribcage” from Glass Lyre Press which has been awarded the 2015 Kithara Book Prize. She has two books forthcoming in 2016 and 2017. One of her poems is among the winners of the 2016 Atlantic Review International Poetry Contest. Colby is also a senior editor of FutureCycle Press and an associate editor of Kentucky Review.

What motivates her to create?
I’ve been writing poetry and fiction all my life. Insofar as poetry is concerned, my chief motivation is that I hope the poem will reveal something to me that I didn’t previously know.

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