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May 17th, 2016

1 poem

Going Nowhere It’s a glitch in the cell towers, signals flitting about in the air like gnats; people trace their filched phones to a green, clapboard country house. They arrive red-faced, raging. Sometimes they bring the police, pound with fists to get in, don’t believe the man that opens the door only to mumble, mistake. …

Going Nowhere

It’s a glitch in the cell towers,
signals flitting about in the air like gnats;
people trace their filched phones
to a green, clapboard country house.
They arrive red-faced, raging.
Sometimes they bring the police,
pound with fists to get in,
don’t believe the man that opens the door
only to mumble, mistake. No one wants
to think, mistake. One time, the police tracked
a kidnapped girl’s phone to that home,
forced those who lived there
to stand outside while they searched.

Like the misdirection when you and I
talked and it felt as if we had tried for too many
years, and we agreed to try harder, hoping
for peace. I thought I had heard
something real. I didn’t want to think
I’d made a mistake,
its buildup of ceasefire impossibility.
Though then, no one pounded on the door.
No one was of interest to the police.
No one cried, but rage was everywhere.
No one ever acknowledged jurisdiction.

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Susana H. Case’s newest book is 4 Rms w Vu (Mayapple Press, 2014). Author of four full-length poetry collections and four chapbooks, including The Scottish Café which was re-released in a Polish-English version, Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Opole University Press, she is a Professor at the New York Institute of Technology.

What motivates her to create?
I was taught at an early age that creativity was more important than money, than a fancy car, than many material things that often motivate people. Writing isn’t the only activity that makes me feel alive, but it is up there in importance to me.

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April 15th, 2016

I’ve Known

All night stars burn themselves out, spending
energy in Dionysian dance. I have felt the moon
pull my blood in giddy tidal surge, as night wheeled
along its course and dawn seeped red and purple
across the sky.

the joy of water carving canyons
through rock, long, slow joy of rain, of rivers

slowly mingling waters with the sea. I’ve known
the wild spill of gulls glancing off sparkling waves.

All night stars burn themselves out, spending
energy in Dionysian dance. I have felt the moon

pull my blood in giddy tidal surge, as night wheeled
along its course and dawn seeped red and purple

across the sky. Winter whispered in my ear and
turned my breath to mist. In Africa I felt big cats

stir as night fell. A bull elephant in must charged
past so close I could have touched his leathery hide,

which shivered in the lust of gigantic loins. Once
I watched a hundred frogs climb from a muddy

lake to serenade the pines. My canoe slipped
past a Northern as it floated near the surface, black

and spotted with gold. Alone but not alone, I breathed,
arms aching with the joy of effort in quickly fading day.

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Steve Klepetar’s work has appeared in ten countries, in such journals as Boston Literary Magazine, Deep Water, Expound, Red River Review, Snakeskin, Ygdrasil, and many others. Several of his poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Recent collections include Speaking to the Field Mice (Sweatshoppe Publications, 2013), My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto (Flutter Press, 2013) and Return of the Bride of Frankenstein (Kind of a Hurricane Press).

What motivates him to create:
It may be that the act of creation is a basic human need, or at least a common desire. When I was a child, I wanted badly to be able to draw, mostly scenes from my imagination. It turned out that I had no talent in that direction, but I found I could do something with words. It’s become an almost daily pleasure to create using language, its sense and sounds, as a medium.

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April 9th, 2016

Beauty and Blue

Don’t bring me flowers; better bring me fruit.
Not roses but raspberries, not gladiolas

but apricots.

Beauty and Blue
Chagall, Bella in Mourillon

Don’t bring me flowers; better bring me fruit.
Not roses but raspberries, not gladiolas

but apricots. I can focus well next to a plate
of plums, or maybe eat them while I’m reading,

but dahlias unravel me, unlike Chagall’s Bella
in Mourillon, who is working next to a vase

of flowers that light up her face like a lamp.
Shadows slide, allude to a white rhythm

of home and dream. Green lines separate
petals from blue, connect shapes and longing.

The table opens and closes a universe
of yearning and yielding. Hypnosis of pistils,

trance of perfume. She concentrates despite
beauty and blue, enchantment of purple.

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Lucia Cherciu was born in Romania and came to the United States in 1995. She teaches English at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY and her latest book of poetry, Edible Flowers (Main Street Rag, 2015), was a finalist for the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. Her other books of poetry are Lepădarea de Limbă (The Abandonment of Language), Editura Vinea 2009, and Altoiul Râsului (Grafted Laughter), Editura Brumar 2010. Her poetry has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net. Her web page is luciacherciu.webs.com.

What motivates her to create:
I have a three-year old daughter who loves words and books. Now that she is fluent in Romanian as a second language, we are learning Spanish together and every new word is cause for celebration, the way it happened when she was a baby. Similarly, writing poems keeps me connected to my inner child, makes me see the world with new eyes every day.

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 pain. 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 dysfunction may hide a heavy health problem such as heart 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 malfunction 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 druggist if you have any unwanted side effect that does not go away. Absolutely, online drugstore can lightly help you for solving your all personal problems.

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March 23rd, 2016

A Mystery

with the memory of flesh
on the tip of their brains
they eat and drink
like nothing happened
caught up in another day

“the young wives who have been pregnant for thirty hours”
from “Gentlemen Without Company,” Pablo Neruda

with the memory of flesh
on the tip of their brains
they eat and drink
like nothing happened
caught up in another day

the world moves slowly away
from their childhood dreams
and blooms inside of them
one cell into five, five into a hundred
a thousand more by sunset

they smile
at a cardinal with a blue feather in its beak
and have no idea
why

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David James third book, My Torn Dance Card, was published in 2015 by FCNI Press. His second book, She Dances Like Mussolini, won the 2010 Next Generation Indie book award for poetry. More than thirty of his one-act plays have been produced from New York City to California.

What motivates him to create:
I write primarily to reflect, question, understand, wonder, and make sense of what is  happening around me.  Most poems have some personal thread or link in them, but others wander a bit into unknown territory; this is where the questioning and imagining happen in poetry. What does it feel like to die?  I can’t know that yet, but I can try to imagine and write about it. Poetry is always expanding my views, my perceptions, my ideas and, hence, my world. In the ideal situation, I want to create poems that muck around in the personal and then slip away quietly, effortlessly into the unknown, taking me (and the reader) into places I never thought I could go.

The perfect 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 pain. 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 hard-on. Sexual diseases often signal serious problems: low libido or erectile malfunction may hide a heavy heartiness problem such as heart 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 malfunction 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 druggist 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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March 9th, 2016

Apparition

You don’t exist, but I guess if I thought
hard enough, I could conjure you up.
You’d be too young for me, unchanged
since you wore Levis in a fancy hotel
or hailed a Checker on Tenth Avenue.

You don’t exist, but I guess if I thought
hard enough, I could conjure you up.
You’d be too young for me, unchanged
since you wore Levis in a fancy hotel
or hailed a Checker on Tenth Avenue.
Or I might see you in a stranger’s face,
some dude with a lustrous black beard.
Beards are in style again; we are not.
I’m not making this up. You still live
in the gait of a boy descending a theater aisle,
a distance runner trapped in air conditioning.
And when we cohabit in the instant
lit only by white titles on a black screen
your electric arm snakes around somebody else.

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Geer Austin is the author of Cloverleaf, a poetry chapbook from Poets Wear Prada Press. His poetry and fiction has appeared in anthologies, print and online journals including Big Bridge, Colere, This Literary Magazine, Potomac Review, and BlazeVOX. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was the editor of NYB, a New York/Berlin arts magazine. He leads writing workshops for underserved populations through New York Writers Coalition. He lives in New York City.

What motivates him to create:
What started me writing was the desire to write well, like the authors of books I loved reading. What makes me continue might be a compulsion. Is there a Creative Personality Disorder? I find inspiration everywhere and try to distill experience on the page.

The unimprovable 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 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 dysfunction may hide a heavy health problem such as heart 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 apothecary can lightly help you for solving your all personal problems.

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March 2nd, 2016

Legs

I’ve done three tourniquets.
But that’s over sixteen years.
One lost his leg.

I’ve done three tourniquets.
                                                       But that’s over sixteen years.
One lost his leg. 
                                                                   Not “lost,” because we found it.
It was in the swamp, 
                                                                               my partner searching with a flashlight,
worried as all hell 
                                                                                          about the alligators.
You have to bring the body part 
                                                                               with you, in the back of the ambulance.
Doctors these days do miracles. 
                                                                   They also do sins.
They do drugs and nurses 
                                                         and sometimes nothing.
The other two, 
                                        their legs were saved.
I imagine Jesus 

                         coming down,

standing over their disconnected
              body, waving his hand,   

and then I appear,
fat, smoke-breathed.
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Ron Riekki’s books include U.P., The Way North (2014 Michigan Notable Book), and Here (May 2015, MSU Press).

What motivates him to create:
Simply, I think I often desperately want to connect with people.

The perfect day 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 pain. There are remedies only for children. If you’re concerned about erectile malfunction, 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 health problem such as heart trouble. Sometimes men who take street drugs like marijuana find it awkward to get an hard-on 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 druggist 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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February 18th, 2016

Letter to an Ex

Do you still tell yourself stories while on the freeway?
What about the one with the wolves and bears —
did you ever finish it?

Do you still tell yourself stories while on the freeway?
What about the one with the wolves and bears —
did you ever finish it?

Do you still read about Buddhism and war?
Do you still have the LA Times delivered
because you like the way newspaper feels?
Do you still want a mini-van and four kids and two dogs
and all those things I would’ve never given you?
Do you still believe women don’t enjoy sex?
Does your new girlfriend make you spank and choke her,
or does she prefer to make love calmly before watching Nick at Nite
and falling asleep in your arms?

Do you still hate that you’re one-quarter Mexican?
Do you still think I cheated on you?
Do you still eat your eggs with barbecue sauce?
Do you ever wear the hat we picked out in Dublin?
I haven’t worn mine in years.

I see you’ve regrown the goatee,
and you’re finally parting your hair
like I always said you should.
Congratulations on your engagement.
Is she nicer to you than I was?

Do you still air-guitar to Stevie Ray Vaughn
and prefer vinyl and read comic books?
Do you remember the Indian restaurant we used to go to?
They went out of business after you went back to LA.
I don’t know when exactly— I looked for it one day, and it was gone,
replaced by a Vietnamese restaurant
with hanging red lanterns over the patio
and gold smiling Buddhas on either side of the door,
like the one you bought me in J-town
when we were young and in-love.

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Emily Jalloul is pursuing her MFA in poetry at Florida International University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pan’Ku, Quest, Yellow Chair Review, Brev Spread, and The Fem.

What motivates her to create:
Food, sex, my family, my friends; all of life.

The ideal 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 pain. 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 soundness problem such as heart 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 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 drugstore can lightly help you for solving your all personal problems.

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February 4th, 2016

Break-In

He’s telling me the bad news with a smile.
DVD player and collection of DVDs,
flat screen TV, two computers,
a cell phone — all gone.
Desk lamp, end table, missing.
Display of arrowheads framed
on the wall, ripped from its hooks.

He’s telling me the bad news with a smile.
DVD player and collection of DVDs,
flat screen TV, two computers,
a cell phone — all gone.
Desk lamp, end table, missing.
Display of arrowheads framed
on the wall, ripped from its hooks.

He’s a ranch kid, college freshman.
Rents an apartment with three other guys,
on a proper well-lit tree lined street
adjacent to campus. Doubt my old man
even owns a key to the ranch place,

he says. Least I never seen him use it.

Says he’ll lock up every night from now on.
But that’s not the point, he says,
and grins wider. Says he’s turned
calves in the womb. Seen wolves
chew a lamb to nothing but fleece.
Swam horses and steers across
an icy river. Point is, he says,

I don’t know squat ‘bout people.
Says he wonders what nerve it takes
to sneak in the dark and open a stranger’s door.
Tiptoe out with a TV while the owners snooze
in the next room. Risk jail time.
He came to college, he says, for the education.
Says he knows now a lot more than before.

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Lowell Jaeger teaches creative writing at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. He is author of six collections of poems: War On War  (Utah State University Press, 1988), Hope Against Hope (Utah State University Press 1990), Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press, 2009), WE (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2010), How Quickly What’s Passing Goes Past (Grayson Books, 2013) and Driving the Back Road Home (Shabda Press, 2015). He is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from western states. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. Most recently, Lowell was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse.

What motivates him to create:
When my oldest daughter was three, she was watching me fix something around the house, and she said, “Dad, you’re a really good maker!”  Well, that seemed like a huge compliment, especially coming from such an innocent perspective.  Some people, I believe, are simply programmed to make things, like others may be programmed to heal or to teach or to lead.  In my case, I make things with words.  It’s who I am.

The perfect 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 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 disfunction may hide a heavy health problem such as heart 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 malfunction 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 drugstore can lightly help you for solving your all personal problems.

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January 22nd, 2016

2 poems

I’ve come for coffee,
a visit with the other grandma,
who needs some company.

I think we’ll chat
for an hour or two.
She knows she’s dying.

Visiting
for Carolyn

I’ve come for coffee,
a visit with the other grandma,
who needs some company.

I think we’ll chat
for an hour or two.
She knows she’s dying.

Cannulas hiss.  Pulse ox
we watch.  She nods
and gives a thumbs up sign.

I’m OK for now, she mouths,
then coughs from the effort.
Morning passes into afternoon.

We talk of respirators and
ministers.  I call her daughters
Thank you, she mouths again.

Our grandson plays
quietly in the next room.
Rain pelts deck furniture.

Here in the den old friends
wait, hold hands, think of
childhoods and parents

long gone, siblings,
husbands and children
we’ll leave behind.

[Death waits just outside.]

 

 

Doric Loop

I.

It’s a simple casket, its wood polished to a high luster, the lid edged by a pleasing curve. Something simple; only needed for a couple of days.

Casket: 1. a small case or chest, as for jewels or other valuables. And what could be more valuable than this boy, this almost man, this never to be a man? 2. a coffin, possibly an alteration of the old French, cassette. An endless loop? Is this an endless loop of foolish choices and bad judgment leading to inevitable tragedy?

Not a cask: (a barrel, a cylindrical container that holds liquids.) Nor a casque, so famous for Poe’s The Casque of Amontillado, and poor, vain Fortunato, left chained to a moldy brick wall behind an archway, deep beneath the river. (Fortuna: Spanish for fate, the inevitable, nothing to do with fortunate, meaning lucky.) In ancient Greece the three fates, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos were thought to control human destiny. I’ve met them in the Sunday crossword every now and then.

A casket. A tisket a tasket – a green and yellow one would surely stun this assembly, a bizarre mix of family and my nephew’s druggie friends – black-clad boys with ear plugs and tattoos on their necks and a girlfriend/baby mama with the obligatory nose ring, a spray of red roses tattooed across her chest and black latticework along her arms.

The classic curve of the wood, the inverse of the fluted columns on the simplest of Classic Greek styles. Is this an ogee curve? Another crossword puzzle word.

II.

An old man told me once about the worst funeral he had ever attended. It was across the river in Haverstraw, back in 19 and 36, he said, a very cold winter in these parts. As cold as this one? As he spoke, I pictured Depression era men in overalls carrying a casket like this one across a snowy field on a cold, blustery day like today. The cemetery was on a steep hillside looking out over the Hudson, and when one pallbearer lost his footing, the coffin dropped and slid – to the horror of the assembled family and friends and well-wishers of one sort or another – and took off down the steep incline like an Olympic luge, till it rammed a tall monument erected some years before in honor of the town’s former mayor and sprang open, flinging the corpse in a perfect 10 of an arc to land in a seated position a little further downhill, leaning against the headstone of a Mrs. Mary Ellen Hitchens, may she rest in peace, before it (the corpse, not the headstone) fell over on its side.

Women screamed. A flock of crows flew up into the winter sky cawing excitedly, a black cloud circling and blocking the sun. Friends moved to shield the horrified family from the ghastly sight. Funeral employees and pall bearers hurried to recapture the elusive body. With each step as they ran down the hillside, their feet broke through a thin crust of ice into softer snow below, which proceeded to fill their black dress shoes with clumps of icy crystals that melted into frigid pools. Embarrassing wet spots appeared on their pants where they fell. It was some time before they could get the deceased positioned back in the box and the box placed into its resting place.

I don’t really believe this story, though the old man promised it was true. But then, again, Santa Claus was supposed to be true. God was supposed to be true. I’d like to think that the spirit, at least, flew through the air, to meet with dear ones again on God’s golden shore, as the Soggy Bottom Boys sang. Though how our spirit selves will recognize each other without bodies, still trapped down there under the snow, I don’t know.

III.

There’ll be no snow for this casket. My nephew will find a warm welcome tomorrow at the local crematorium, a small brick affair, absent of any decorative moldings, smooth Doric style or otherwise.

This afternoon, aunts, sisters and friends of the boy stutter out sad stories. The boy’s uncle, my brother, plays his guitar and an aunt holds her hymnal and sings, “In the sweet bye and bye. We shall meet in the sweet bye and bye.” And my sister sits and wrings one wad of tissues after another till this crowd of weeping mothers and fathers and friends finally goes home.

The lovely curve of the lid is almost hidden under the spray of roses and carnations, all white for the boy, white for his youth, white for… I don’t know what for.

And we scoop my sister up and get her some food at Cappola’s down the block, in a brick building that has been partially stuccoed to resemble a Tuscan villa, with stone Italian-style arches, like those where poor Fortunato found his eternal rest.

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Katherine Flannery Dering holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. Her memoir, Shot in the Head, a Sister’s Memoir a Brother’s Struggle, was published in 2014. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Inkwell Magazine, The Bedford Record Review, Northwords Press, Sensations Magazine, Pandaloon Press, Poetry Motel, Pink Elephant Magazine and River, River. A narrative non-fiction piece, which later became a chapter of Shot in the Head, was included in Stories from the Couch, an anthology of essays about coping with mental illness.  She is a member of the advisory board of The Katonah Poetry Series.

What motivates her to create:
Most often a sudden inspiration while I am driving requires that I pull over to the side of the road and jot it down. A phrase, an urgent new expression of a belief or attitude toward the world, a moment of sorrow, a truth. Scraps of scribbled paper beg life as a poem or essay. A series of inspirations becomes a book. I love beautiful sentences, a carefully crafted images, and I strive for the aha! moments when writing something I never knew before.

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November 24th, 2015

2 poems

O dazed pilgrims, lonely and high in the wide aisles
of white fluorescence! O peace of three a.m in a town
that says its prayers. O stained glass of shining bags!

The Stop and Go

O dazed pilgrims, lonely and high in the wide aisles
of white fluorescence! O peace of three a.m in a town
that says its prayers. O stained glass of shining bags!
O bored pilgrims restless of your brown couch!
Here the ladies of perpetual yes are wrapped in cellophane.
Here whiskey pints are lined up like metal milk bottles at the state fair.
Here are the flavored condoms and rolling papers.
Here are the barbecued pork rinds fresh from Gomorrah.
Here the liquid cheese stays hot while the wrinkled hot dogs
ride the wire Ferris wheel. O change for a dollar!
O Galaga machine with your row upon row of patterned doom!
Spend, pilgrims, spend! Paradise won’t be so cheap again.
 

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Livery Cars

Around their home base, sullen, shut down,
My thoughts wait like livery cars,
Engines ticking, the squawk box leaking noise
Into the starless Brooklyn night:
Need a car,
Five minutes,
Where are you,
How long….
The important questions without end.
In answer: movement, the compass spinning
And from the mirror swinging, the mystical cross.
The voice says go and we go,
Car, thought, me through brownstone Brooklyn
Or we climb that beautiful lady of geometry,
Almost flying, Oscar Peterson on the stereo,
the boats underneath cutting the reflections of skyscrapers,
All to descend into drunken Manhattan,
Where the glittery minutes fall
Into the terrible glory hole of boredom.
Sometimes we take people home in the rain,
Women with one long strand of hair stuck to their cheek
Gripping their wet shopping bags
Smiling at the joke of it, the change in fortune
Just by stepping into a car.
Sometimes to the purple lobby of the opera house
In the once a year finery of another self
And it’s other tongue singing the lovers apart.
Sometimes the stunned meander to deathbeds or the hurry to secret beds.
Sometimes just to walk under a lit window and remember.
Sometimes home from the dentist
Holding our pain by the biblical jawbone.
Sometimes, lucky, lucky car,
We travel to the airport with only a back pack.
Sometimes we ferry the impossible.
Sometimes it is just me sunk deep in the fake leather,
Bereft of metaphor, feeling the glide
When the expressway loosens
And the car frame leans over the back wheels,
The front lifting slightly until the hood ornament,
Like a sight, aims an instant above
The pocked face of the unblinking moon.

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Jason Primm pursues modest goals in a coastal city. When he isn’t writing, he can be found sharpening his slice backhand. His work has most recently appeared in here/there poetry, The Maynard, Heron Tree, burntdistrict and The Southern Humanities Review.

What motivates him to create:
“This question almost gave me a nervous breakdown. Writing or not writing has always had a certain amount of anxiety attached to it. If I’m not writing, I have a feeling that I’ve forgotten to do something. Maybe I left the house unlocked or the oven on and I’m on a train heading out of town. When I do have a poem going or even if I’ve recently written one, the anxiety is temporarily gone, but it is replaced with a manic concentration. Even when the poem is finished, I keep reading it. So I guess, the answer to the question is that I feel compelled. Seems like I should have a more positive, striking the flint of the universe kind of answer, but I don’t.”

The perfect day 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 pain. 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 dysfunction may hide a heavy soundness 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 malfunction 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 drugstore can lightly help you for solving your all personal problems.

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