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Lover’s Apprehension – A Poem by Bill Gardner

Lover’s Apprehension

I want to say
I love you
but I do not
++++++trust myself
knowing that
++++++love is crafted
++++++in the mind
++++++―  and minds
++++++are not like oceans
but like sinks
++++++that drain
++++++when the
++++++plug
++++++is
++++++pulled.
 

About the Poet:
Bill Gardner is a rising sophomore at Kenyon College. During the school year, he works as the News Editor for the college’s newspaper, the Kenyon Collegian. He writes fiction and poetry in his spare time. He is previously unpublished.

 
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Operator – A Poem by K. D. Rose

Operator

I want more from life than prancing, puffy years,
alligator smiles and hypnotic dreams,
killing a phrase for Wednesday’s garbage run.
I want to scrape life, deeper than words can lie.
They aren’t required to listen,
those expatriate brides of fiction,
take me at my word:
I am alive and I’m a sword.
 

About the Poet:
K. D. Rose is a poet and author. Her book, Inside Sorrow, won the Readers Favorite 2013 International Silver Medal for Poetry. K.D. has poetry upcoming in Stray Branch Magazine and The Nuclear Impact Anthology. Her latest release is The Brevity of Twit. She regrets not possessing a piece of paper that says MFA but hopes you won’t hold that against her. Her favorite poets are dead or unknowns she reads in Literary magazines.

 

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My Cracked Pot – A Poem by Evangeline C. Novio

My Cracked Pot

I noticed the crack first slowly spreading at the outer side of my favorite clay pot where I cook the native dish you used to like.
And layer banana leaves at the bottom, you would request.

I followed the tell-tale signs from afar.

The soup slowly sprouted out like
dewdrops in a spider’s web.

When did the crack show?

It was remiss of me. That cat, a Molly dipped its chubby paw for a taste and stayed.

There’s no more food left.
Only a cracked pot and my
fractured self.

 

 

About the Poet:
Evangeline C. Novio is retired after being a Filipino overseas worker (West Africa) for more than 3 decades.

 

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The Vital Act of Burying – A Poem by Frank Joussen

The Vital Act of Burying

burying your dreams
requires many shovels:
the flat, broad “I´ll-do-
it-no-matter-what” one
as well as the tiny, sharp
“I´ll-pierce-you-till-you-tell-
the-truth” one

it has different tempi,
too, ranging from
the frantic “I´ll-work-
till-the-dust-bites-my-lips”,
or till I bite it, to
the nerve-wrecking “I´ll-drill-
till-the-hole´s-filled-with-tears”

only the mid tempo and the
medium-sized shovel may
give you the chance to un-
earth something in the process:
the hatchet in the war against your self,
which you should have buried deeper
and deeper in the first place.

 

 

About the Poet:
Frank Joussen has published two selections of poetry, one of them being a bilingual collaboration with Romanian poet Ana Cicio, and has edited two international anthologies of poetry/fiction in India. His poems and short stories have also been published in a variety of (print and online) literary magazines and anthologies in G.B., Ireland, Germany, Romania, Malta, the U.S.A., Canada, India, Thailand, China and have been translated into German, Romanian, Hindi and Chinese. He is currently working as a co-editor on an international anthology of family stories. Frank is an English teacher in Germany, member of a peace group and a one-world group.

 

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Subtexting – A Poem by Marie C Lecrivain

Subtexting

I don’t know if you aware of this,
but I cry after our conversations,
which are few and far between.

Your voice grows softer with each
discourse, though your laugh is still
full of joy, and your wit hasn’t lost

its razor edge. I ask how you are,
and defensiveness emerges in your
voice, that question of how much

you’ll reveal because you know why
I call, and I need to convince
myself all parts of you are still

present and accounted for. I know
you’re reconciled with loneliness,
as you hope – one day- I’ll be, but this

is where our paths diverge, as they did
the moment I entered the world,
much to your sorrow and displeasure.

In the meantime, love and filial bonds
are the rule of the hour. What’s left unsaid
is the greatest gift to our shared memory.

 

 

About the Poet:
Marie C Lecrivain is the executive editor/publisher of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles, a Pushcart Prize nominee, photographer, and is a writer-in-residence at her apartment. Her prose and poetry have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including: Edgar Allen Poetry Journal, The Los Angeles Review, Nonbinary Review, The Poetry Salzburg Review, Spillway, Orbis, A New Ulster, and others. She’s the author of several volumes of poetry and fiction, including Philemon’s Gambit (© 2016 International Word Bank Press), which is available on Amazon.com. 

 

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Birds – A Poem by Ryan Warren

Birds

at the little window feeders
Dark-eyed Junco, Pygmy Nuthatch

having found it, now arrive every morning
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren

to this magical tray of seeds, corn, manna, pink nectar
Rufous Hummingbird, White-crowned Sparrow

indignantly ruffled feathers when it is found empty
Stellar’s Jay, Anna’s Hummingbird

and we are repaid with the joy
American Goldfinch, Bushtit

of quick, sharp movements, music, morning song
Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Sparrow

wildness, chaos, life, brought close to a
middle-aged human, small brown dog.
 

About the Poet:
Ryan Warren lives with his family by the sea in Northern California. His poetry has previously appeared in numerous journals including California Quarterly, Amaryllis, Wilderness House Literary Review, Firefly Magazine, Verse-Virtual, Ekphrastic and the anthology, Carry The Light. More on his published works can be found atwww.facebook.com/RyanWarrenPoetry.

 

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