Yvonne Amey

 

 

 

*

you gone
I dream I’m chasing darkness
through our castle

*

souvenir scarf
in ocean-green
I wrap Australia around my neck

*

alone on a foreign shore
silver gulls dine with me

 

 

Yvonne Amey received her MFA from the University of Central Florida. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Hobart, and elsewhere. Three of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

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Gopal Lahiri

 

 

 

*

sparrows
at work
on the skylight

*

laptops sending
handshakes
from kitchen table

*

edges of dawn..
goodbyes
litter sidewalks

*

internet
dooms day scrolling
in lockdown

 

 

Gopal Lahiri is a Kolkata- based bilingual poet, critic, editor, writer and translator with 20 books published mostly in English and a few in Bengali, including three joint books. His poetry is published in twelve countries and translated in eight languages. Twitter@gopallahiri

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Srinjay Chakravarti

 

 

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the tattered scarecrow:

a raven perches

on its shoulder

*

fireflies . . .

sparks from a hammer

on the anvil

*

spring dust

sparrows squabble

in the forenoon

*

a dry leaf

on the ground . . .

a death’s head moth

*

a silent gong

inside the pagoda . . .

breaking dawn

*

cicadas’ abacus. . .

Grandmother

counts her beads

 

 

Srinjay Chakravarti is based in Salt Lake City, Calcutta, India. His creative writing has appeared in over 100 publications in 30-odd countries. His first poetry collection received the Salt Literary Award (1995). He has won a $7,500 Dorothy Prize (2008). Website: www.srinjaychakravarti.com

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Maureen Kingston

 

 

 

Hooking Up

Civilization writ large shouts “all roads lead to Rome.” Civilization writ small builds the roads. The paper clip’s one of the latter, a civilizational bit player that resembles all the other clips swimming in the jar. Its thrill-seeking kin—safari cotter pins, mountain climbing pitons—aspire to great heights, but the paper clip rarely ventures beyond the bureaucratic pond. Occasionally, though, some DIY fool experiments, tries to make it a star.

An old man enters a pink bathroom, arranges his tools just so on a yellow towel: reading glasses; bailing cups; an uncoiled paper clip. He stares into the void before plunging his hands into cold tank-water. After considerable sunken wrestling, the old man successfully loops the paper clip, bowties handle to ball chain. It’s what he can still do to bring a smile to her face.

shotgun wedding . . .
wild horseradish spreads
barbarian roots

 

 

Maureen Kingston’s poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in B O D Y, Akitsu Quarterly, Contemporary Haibun Online, Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu, Gone Lawn, Gyroscope Review, KYSO, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, and riverbabble. A few of her poems and prose pieces have also been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart awards.

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Louise Hopewell

 

 

 

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dry gully
not the friend
I thought you were

*

the boss says
it’s optional
yellow-bellied blacksnake

*

crumpled sleeping bag
the rippled reflection
of a freeway pylon

*

Lovers’ Bay
a single set
of seagull prints

*

trampled daffodil
the long shadow
of an elm

 

 

Louise Hopewell is an Australian poet, playwright and songwriter. Her haiku have been widely published, including in Under the Basho, Modern Haiku, and Red Moon Anthology.When not writing, Louise can be found riding her bicycle or playing ukelele. Website: https://louisehopewellwriter.wordpress.com/

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Lavana Kray

 

 

Lavana Kray is from Romania. She has won several awards, including the status of  Master Haiga Artist, from the World Haiku Association. Her work  has been published in many print and online journals.  Currently she is the editor for Cattails Haiga works of the United Haiku and Tanka Society.  This is her blog: http://photohaikuforyou.blogspot.ro

 

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William Keckler

 

 

 

hugging mother’s urn
inner child steps
over sidewalk cracks
      *
first grey hairs
he stands on his hands
before making love
        *
pew pew
some homely holiness
aims at us
         *
talking to a snake
we discover just skin
shed skin listening
          *
big white moth
flies past the red light holds us
pinned to the moon
          *
October cold
making a dead man’s wife’s children’s
pumpkin smile for them

 

 

William Keckler‘s books include Sanskrit of the Body, which was selected by Mary Oliver for the (U.S.) National Poetry Series and published by Penguin. His visual art work was included in the group collection Four Photographers.

 

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