Under the Midnight Pearl by K.D. Lovett

He sails with / the murky silence / a silhouette / behind islands of light…

Freedom Thoughts by J. Link

Her perfumed soap. Brown bangs swing below oversized gold aviator sunglasses. / The morning breeze slips a strand of her hair / into the corner…

Linear Perspectives by Jose Luis Marquez

If time were a color / I’d be a prism of hues / in the kaleidoscope of space / forever shifting to red…

My Tattoo by Jesse Gonzales

A stranger’s skill captures / a woman, forgotten in yesterday’s clouds / Pain escapes through thick black letters…

Refraction by Jesse Gonzales

He hides behind a rubber mirror / of convex structures…

Instead by Paul Larson

He keeps pushing a / broken wheelbarrow piled with regret / up an unforgiving mountain / past roadside shrines / whose deities have gone…

Be (for Jeremy) by Gretchen Hill

Rumi says / be a lantern / or a lifeboat / or a ladder…

To My Friend in the Last Days of my Marriage by Gretchen Hill

those were days / when everything / was a secret / when my husband / smoked meth / and spit / and screamed /…

Rip Van Winkle by Gretchen Hill

when he comes down from the mountain / he cannot wring the darkness / from his body twenty years gone and now / a…

In the Grocery Store Express Lane by Gretchen Hill

the woman ahead of me / is working her mouth / a desperate goldfish / gasping at the bowl surface …
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