2 poems by Louisa Muniz

Louisa Muniz is a former K-4 literacy coach and reading specialist. She is the Sheila-Na-Gig 2019 Spring Contest Winner for her poem Stone Turned Sand. Her work appears in Tinderbox Journal, Menacing Hedge, Poetry Quarterly, PANK Magazine, Words Dance, Magnolia Review & Jelly Bucket, among others. She holds a MA from Kean University in Curriculum and Instruction. Her Chapbook, After Heavy Rains, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Chasing Memories

Bentley Avenue— the apartment house

where the white birch slumped 

where we chased runaway clouds, 

animal-shaped against blue-lit skies 

past Chamberlain, Sofield, & Convery Street

past a gnarled old oak hiding angry beeshives 

where we flapped makeshift wings

across the running creek

past Rustler & Anderson’s Grocery

past Hattie Mae’s who swore her mama

kept a duck in the bathtub

past my best friend Chrissie’s

where trails of pierogi hung mid-air

past neighborhood clothes hung to dry

on thirty foot lines where the wind

fluttered in shirt arms, flapped in pant legs,

billowed bed sheets into ghost-like 

shadows I still chase like unsettled wind.

Fever Dream of No Regrets

If we are created in God’s image,

shaped in tall shadows of longing

like the Sassafras & Oak

as fleeting as the glistening

morning dew— then why

can’t we be as candescent

as summer peaches

painted in a still life?

             ~

When they ask you

what it was like

tell them—each morning

you climbed through

April’s window honeysuckled

in sweet nectar river & bathed

in butter-lit sun & not once

were you bridled

by the ambling elephant

of large regrets.

North American Time, Editorial

North American Time, Editorial
Felicia McCarthy on her listing of the ten poets she selected for issue 42.

2 poems by Alan Cohen

2 poems by Alan Cohen
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3 poems by Deborah Purdy

3 poems by Deborah Purdy
Deborah Purdy's work has appeared in Gravel Literary Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, and other publications.

Poetry by Mycah Miller

Poetry by Mycah Miller
Mycah Miller is a Santa Cruz, CA-based poet, artist, motorcyclist, and student.

Poetry by Don Krieger

Flash Fiction by Don Krieger
Don Krieger is a 2020 Creative Nonfiction Fellow.
His work has appeared in Neurology, Live Mag!, Seneca Review, The
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Asahi Shimbun, Entropy, and others.

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