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Featured Works: Week of Nov. 20 (Thanksgiving)

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This week in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday for food, family, and a host of hang-ups. Our contributors this week touch on one of those troubles, namely family friction. “Pet” by Rob Hunter reimagines an animal nuisance as a member of the family. “Approximately 465 Words of Sterling Wisdom” by Janice Canerdy offers tips to figures out if you’re annoying. “Past, Present, Popcorn” by Brett Riley links the making and consumption of a snack food with family...

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Featured Works: Week of Nov. 6 (Travel)

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One of the most wonderful discoveries to me as a young reader was that, through words, I could go anywhere. Let’s take a trip with this week’s contributors. “Automne Memoires en Provence” by Larsen Bowker uses evocative images of a place to recall a friend. “Flying to New Jersey” by Michael Fraley whisks us across the country in a trip as full of anxiety as wonder. “The Church of Los Corales” by Julia Torres provides a snapshot of both a place and a community. “The Mad Girl Remembers Leaving the Old Year Behind in Madrid” by Lyn Lifshin shares the experience of...

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Featured Works: Week of Oct 30 (Fall Garden)

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Deep into Autumn here in the Northeastern part of the United States, our contributors cultivate a vision of the season. “Incoming Fall” by Joanna Weston provides a snapshot of a garden in early fall. “For Solitude’s Sake” by John Grey evokes that certain quality of autumn light that produces conflicting emotions. “Biophilia” by Michael Estabrook captures a moment of beauty in a backyard garden. “The Garden of God” by Michael H. Brownstein uses the garden as a metaphor for grief. “Cauldron” by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen reveals to us the calm magic of sunset. “Fall in...

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Featured Works: Week of Sep 4 (Beauty All Around)

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Through the eye of an artist, the eye of a poet, we can find beauty everywhere, as this week’s contributors demonstrate. “American Exceptional” by Llyn Clague serves as an ars poetica, finding inspiration all over America. “Cleveland Haiku #384” and “Cleveland Haiku #385” by Michael Ceraolo encapsulate moments in the city where he lives. “Always Assessing Size” by David Thornbrugh contemplates what animals notice about the world. “Blue Loneliness,” “Distinct” and “Exile” by Fabrice...

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Featured Works: Week of July 31 (Memory)

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This week our contributors take you on a journey through time, via memory. “Listenings” by Doug Bolling goes on a hike through moments in a relationship. “I Regret Grinder, but, No Remorse” by Michael Lee Johnson reflects on past sins from a dentist’s chair. “Streets of Fall River” by Al Rocheleau recalls eras of a New England town. “Emergency!” by Llyn Clague tells the story of a frequent visitor to an emergency room, remembered by emergency...

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Featured Works: Week of July 24 (Language)

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Language, the key of our communication, can be easily tangled. This week’s contributors illustrate the challenges posed by expressing thoughts through words. “Rhyme #1: ‘Its use is not a burden‘” by James B. Nicola starts with the smallest of hops and leaps larger. “Erase” by Tim Fagan deals with a break-up the way only a writer can. “Green Sonnets” by John Timothy Robinson dives into the uncertainty of striving to write in...

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