The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 22, 5th February 2018

Five Poems by Steve Klepetar

Steve Klepetar lives in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. His work has appeared widely in the U.S. and abroad, and has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including four in 2016. Three new collections have appeared in 2017: “A Landscape in Hell;” “Family Reunion;” and “How Fascism Comes to America.”     …

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4 poems by John Saunders

John Saunders is a founder member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group. His collections are After the Accident(Lapwing Press, 2010) and Chance (New Binary Press, 2013). One of three featured poets in Measuring, Dedalus New Writers, 2012, he was shortlisted in the 2012 inaugural Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition and is a 2014 Pushcart Nominee. John’s poems have appeared in journals in Ireland, …

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2 poems by J D DeHart

J D DeHart is a writer and teacher.  He blogs about books and authors at and publishes poetry at  DeHart has a chapbook, The Truth About Snails, published by RedDashboard.  . . . . . . . . .   The Word Has an Edge   Below the soft word is a knife blade waiting to …

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3 poems by Judy Shepps Battle

Judy Shepps Battle began writing poems long before she became a psychotherapist and sociology professor at Rutgers University. Widely published both in the USA and abroad during the Sixties and Seventies, she deferred publishing to concentrate on career and family. Fortunately her muse was tenacious and she continued to write during the next three decades …

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4 poems by M. A. Banash

Matt was born and raised outside Philadelphia. His work has been published in Poetry Quarterly, Penumbra St. Louis U Madrid, and SurVision. When he grows up he wants to play second base for the Phillies. Right now, his goal is to put everything into poetry.           Yelling “Fire” at the Crowded …

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