The Garden

by Zach Beach flamingos balance on bamboo sticks insects carry themselves over tense water flowers unfurl&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&their fragile wings birds commute&&&&&&&&&&thousands of milesfor one tree the earth cleansthe universeof its stardust everything hingeson the &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&edgeof a fragile existence and yours is as precious&&&&&as a bird’s eggas open as the ocean&&&&&as light as the skyas wanting&&&&&as the … Continue reading The Garden

Eat Your Heart Out

by Sarah Bollman Rivers run from loose lips and glazed eyes staring ever forward. Teeth close around soft muscle, clenching and releasing out of rhythm Hemoglobin, iron rich, Syrup-thick plasma sliding down past places it might have Resided, now standing empty and Longing, longing for the maybes, the Could’as, would’as, should’as Draped gently between splintered … Continue reading Eat Your Heart Out

Two Poems

by Angelica Liu Oblivious It began with– a dumb pain, as if a nip in heart and then– a silent scream, as if a struggle underwater and then– a static breakdown, as if a dying without witness and life just passed on, obliviously A Life Like a Plant Time grows wildly here It creeps over … Continue reading Two Poems

The Invasion

by Holly Day The caterpillar crawls along the leaf, a promise of butterfliesthwarted. Rough, orange knobs cover its back, a rash of wasp eggslaid just days before. At any moment wasp larvae could hatch and split through the caterpillar’s soft, emerald skintumble clumsily across its helpless body, devour it so slowlyuntil only a dead, empty … Continue reading The Invasion

Pond

by John L. Stanizzi John L. Stanizzi Author of Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, Chants, Sundowning. John’s has appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, New York Quarterly, many others. NMon-fiction in Stone Coast, Ovunque Siamo, Adelaide, Scarlet Leaf, … Continue reading Pond

Pond

by John L. Stanizzi 4.21.202011:51 AM59 degrees Pleasures of greens – fields, new leaves, pastures of skunk cabbage, occurrences of repeated splashes and ripples just after the frogs have leapt; nicknames for plants – bittersweet, virgin’s bower, pussy-toes, harebell, and diving wobblers, the polliwogs, are back today, flashing and flaring at the shoreline.&& John L. … Continue reading Pond

The Sea

by Pitambar Naik Million questions lurk plainly it’s normal to be curious about the unseen world of green, azure, gold, flesh and blood deep inside a peaceful war very systematic outside a peaceful chaos very diligent but is it not true that your belly gets infected by carcinogenic? the mouth of a busy Ouroboros remains … Continue reading The Sea