Emily As The Skin That Blisters Will Blister Again

I am no longer pretty,
but to her credit
& to the credit
of what she can do
with a proper focus,
I don’t need to be
pretty to feel
like a chandelier
falling to become
the inelegant crunch
her heel can
make into music.


About the Author: Darren C. Demaree is the author of ten poetry collections, most recently “Lady, You Shot Me”, which was published by 8th House Publishing. He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louis Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

The problems

And I Paul,
he said,
have walked the earth,
my soul buried
beneath this flesh-
the flesh of temptation-
the flesh of trials,

and we speak today
of horrible detestable things,
the destruction of
religious liberties,
which have been
foretold since
the beginning,
the imprisonments,
the torturing,
the maiming
of the limbs,
of the lounge,
for one should not
speak such a name,

and we cry,
and we whimper,

and if Paul roamed
this earth today,
he would,
certainly, say... 

And your problem is what?

About the Author: EG Ted Davis previously published with Poydras Review and continues to have work published on online literary journals here in the US and the UK.

Looking at the Moon with Both Hands

Somewhere, right now, a twelve-
year-old boy enters a black
Ford driven by a stranger.

He will never be found
by the police

but sold into slavery
in Iraq,
he will buy his freedom
and marry
an American tourist.

There is, somewhere, a man
with a photo album
with Polaroids
of hundreds
of missing children.

He thinks, someday,
he may find one.

Two stray dogs
chase a tin tuna can
down a littered street.

Huddled in a doorway
two preteen girls
embrace for warmth
and comfort.

A black Ford
cruises the neighborhood
crushes litter
under its wheels.


About the poet, Robert Beveridge: November 2018 marked Robert Beveridge's thirtieth anniversary as a publishing poet. When not writing, he makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) in Akron, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Medium Chill, San Pedro River Review, and South Broadway Ghost Society, among others.

A Posterity Conceived and Born of Conscious Love

— Margaret Sanger

god she said is not a baker
she knew very well the answer
say what you mean she was told
and she started here but went round the world
she told them she told them good
desperate the crowded house
would have it how long it took how far
to China for lunch Germany for chemicals
Ireland for drear she came back to a league
that wanted itself and needed themselves a waistline
she left for the clinic the clinic
lines to the corner crammed with how
with howling babies how many their ages
name address married or single
couldn’t keep up she was thrown around
but kept her fingertips to herself felt the skin
tried to remember her father’s face he said
the shape of the head reveals a person
and in the end she was the delicate of
a husband just the idea of it a comfort she was
dangling over space someone found her and helped her up
gave her a swat on the bottom sent her home
not a very long time something
not in mind yet something she would do
bending the knees can help follow these steps
will it be rhythm continence or pessaries jellies
and case histories and raids and the head
of the policewoman’s bureau and husbands on the roof
the advancement of science civilized discoveries secrets
of life and all the while something so visible so obvious
just allow it just show them how is all


About the Poet, Jeffrey Kingman: My work has appeared in North Atlantic Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Grey Sparrow, decomP, PANK, Squaw Valley Journal, Crack the Spine, the Lascaux Prize 2015 anthology, sPARKLE & bLINK, and Light and Shadow anthology, among others. I was the 2012 Revolution House Flash Fiction Contest winner, the Red Berry Editions 2015 Broadside Contest winner, and the Eyelands Book Awards 2018 Prize winner in the unpublished poetry book category. I have been a finalist in several other writing competitions. I have attended numerous conferences including Napa Valley Writers’ Conferences, Omnidawn Press Workshops, UC Berkeley Extension class, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and Nebraska Summer Writers’ Conferences. I have studied with Jane Mead, Norma Cole, Laura Walker, and Barbara Claire Freeman, among others. When not writing, I can be heard banging on the drums in a band called O Happy Dagger.

Oakland Airport

You sat in so many airports
on your way to see 
your sister in Israel

your sister in St. Paul
your son in Toronto
your son in Indianapolis

your daughter in California   or
on your way to Prague
to play Bartók

to Italy
to meet us
in Florence

in Frankfurt
waiting for us
to drive with you

to Wilhelmshöhe
where the child
you were
came leaping out
in one fell swoop    
naming   the larch trees

the cherries   
the parapet   the house   
that was bombed

by the allies
where now a fifties
modern house stands

even so you say
life looks
as life should look

no billboards  

just this
Hansel und Gretel
world

About the Author: Naomi Ruth Lowinsky’s poems have been widely published, most recently in Serving House Journal, Ginosko and Stickman. Her poem “Madelyn Dunham, Passing On” won first prize in the Obama Millennium Contest. She has also won the Blue Light Poetry Chapbook Contest. Lowinsky’s fourth poetry collection is The Faust Woman Poems. Lowinsky is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Berkeley, CA and the poetry and fiction editor of Psychological Perspectives, which is published by the Los Angeles Jung Institute.

What I See From The Middle Pew

It is dark, as if in a cavern:
In front of me, the orange eternal flame.  
Behind me, rows of burnished brass pipes, deep and thick
Like some ancient woods.
Above me, stretches of golden oak arch into the ceiling,
And on my left is Abraham, knife forever poised
Above young Isaac’s bare breast,
And on my right is the servant, forever on his knees, 
Forever washing feet, 
And something there is that wood and brass and flame can’t feel.
And something there is more immortal even than the stone.

About the Author: Laura C. Wendorff is professor of English, Ethnic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She has been published in several journals, including After the Pause, Bluestem, Door Is A Jar, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Minetta Review, Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Spillway, Temenos, Two Cities Review, Voices de la Luna, and Wisconsin Poets Calendar. Wendorff’s essay “Worth The Risk: Writing Poetry About Children With Special Needs” was nominated for a Best of the Net Award and the Pushcart Prize. Laura also enjoys growing flowers, playing the piano, and has been a member of the same book club for over a decade.

Anniversary

Not an e-card
not a quick kiss in the morning

I give you myself
wrapped in a broad ribbon
—weekday afternoon
sun slanting through open windows
phone silenced
and the thin melody of a juvenile finch.


About the Author, Eva-Maria Sher: My poetry has appeared in After Happy Hour Review, The Adirondack Review, Big Scream, Cadillac Cicatrix, California Quarterly, Cape Rock, Door Is A Jar Magazine, Dos Passos Review, Drunk Monkeys, East Jasmine Review, Euphony, Forge, Front Range Review, GW Review, The HitchLit Review, The Hollins Critic, ken*again, Old Red Kimono, OxMag, The Paragon Journal, Penmen Review, Prism Review, riverSedge, Rougarou, Ship of Fools, Slag Review, Soundings East, Third Wednesday, Vending Machine Press, Westview, and Willow Review.

Born in Germany at the end of WWII, Eva-Maria Sher was already writing poems as a child. At seventeen, she emigrated to the United States, studied literature, taught, raised three children, and have in the past ten years rediscovered her passion for writing. She lives on Whidbey Island, WA, where she offers workshops for children and adults in poetry, book-making, collage, and puppetry. Sher recently published Chewing Darkness, her first book of poems and is working on a second one. She has written and composed a CD of lullabies, and is the author/illustrator of The Scintillating Little Dragon, a coloring book about nurturing the creative spirit.