Her

by Thom Young

Background painting of moon and stars

Art & design by Kristine Slentz

Thom Young is a writer from Texas. His work has been in The Commonline Journal, 3am magazine, Crack the Spine, Word Riot, 48th Street Press, and many other places.


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I loved her       but
the thoughts come       again
and soon everything       is gone
and the other side       of the city
is always       darker
when you’re so far       from home.

© 2016, Thom Young

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In the Woods

by David Oestreich

photo of three origami iris

Art & design by JS Graustein

David Oestreich is a maker of poems, fishing flies, and Saturday-afternoon semi-haute cuisine. To learn more please visit him at his blog.


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trying not to
step on wildflowers
I find I’m dancing.

© 2016, David Oestreich

HAIKU MLXII

by dt. haase

photo of cicada exoskeleton flattened on the sidewalk

art by dt. haase
typography by JS Graustein

dt. haase is a wanderer for wonder, whimsy, & wisdom. Join his travels at http://gatheringwonder.blogspot.com/.


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trespass—
the weight of the world
in a footprint

© 2016, dt. haase

You, an I

by Ahimaaz R

photo of a cairn in front of the sea

art & typography by JS Graustein

Ahimaaz R has been recently published in 7×20, Cuento, and Flapperhouse. His poetry is forthcoming in The Fractured Nuance, also at http://minimalust.wordpress.com and on Twitter @ahimaaz


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I speak and you keep
You swing and I give
I sweep and you peep
You eye and I aye
I fall and you laugh
You blink and I cling
I nap and you pat
You sleep and I peel
I wish and you hush
You will and I live

© 2016, Ahimaaz R

FIVE (5) Contest Honorable Mention

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As promised, bonus graphic art by JS & Megan Graustein of Judy Bertelsen’s Honorable Mention poem, Interval.

Many thanks to our Poetry Editor, Rose Auslander for running the contest. Heaps of additional thanks go to our judge, Gian Lombardo.