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February Day, Boston (II)

By on Feb 25, 2018 in Featured, Poetry | Comments Off

— for Ralph Half past seven. I wake from a dream that brought  back everything, get up in silence to sun on the calla lily in the vase, a single beam assaulting the swirled cup. All last night I slept in fits and starts, curled up like a leaf into myself after learning that you were gone, how the shared fact of us in childhood was now buried. Yesterday pent up in this apartment, snow skimmed past the windows on horizontal waves veiling the loss that lingered, drifts piled up on the front steps under the high wind. Even the February air scraped under the peeling windowsill. How did our...

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February Day, Boston

By on Feb 25, 2018 in Featured, Poetry | Comments Off

Half past eight. I wake in silence to sun on the calla lily, a single beam assaulting he white swirled cup. Yesterday snow skimmed past the windows on horizontal waves, drifts piling up on the front steps under the high wind. I shoveled snow that fell for three days. February air scrapes under the peeling windowsill. Bleached light skids across the length of the room into each corner on this timid morning before the sun rushes away. This afternoon the narcissus bulbs I planted earlier in clay pots are splitting open, forced out into...

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Lavender

By on Feb 25, 2018 in Featured, Poetry | Comments Off

A gentleness in the lavender of touch, Soft against another, sheets Organically cool blue with a touch of cloud. One day Cupid wakes to find his arrows stolen Enters earth on footed wings. Angry and puzzled, he finds them In a park near a grove scattered and dull, One shaft broken. In the trees he hears joy, Good wine, beauty, a whisper of lips. How trite. One lover fingering the palm of another, A message so secret everyone knows its depth. Touch comes in color, it’s that easy. Cupid leaves with everything he has lost Bits of his anger clinging to the grass Flowering into large bosoms of...

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Featured Works: Week of July 10 (Meditation)

By on Jul 10, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off

While summer is often considered a time for exploration, it can also be a great time for reflection. This week’s contributors meditate on life, both literally and figuratively. A poem by Jada Yee, “Follow the Recipe,” captures the sort of meditation caused by everyday actions. In a short story by Laurence Levey, “Yidiot,” a man attends a meditation class and comes to some unexpected self-realizations. Lana Bella’s poem, “Facing East on Basho Pond,” evokes a well-known poet with an intensity of...

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Particles of Me

By on May 31, 2015 in Featured, Poetry | Comments Off

Blake discovered the world in a grain of sand, and I am now among those grains, tossed from a blossoming, pale sweaty, soft palm into the darkening surf; my last wishes. I am dissolved within the seaweed and misty, salty air, deep within a child’s sand castle slowly eroded by the high tide; particles of me mixed with coconut oil rubbed into the brown skin of a Brazilian beauty, more of me still at the bottom of a black Labrador’s joyous day of digging. Particles of me follow the rhythm of the tides, taking me on a journey into the deep green and blue ocean currents leaving behind the...

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Molted

By on May 31, 2015 in Cuttings, Featured, Poetry | Comments Off

clinging to a twig with unmoving tiny claws — cicada shell

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