Caterpillar by E.T. Milkton

Caterpillar
You curl into the precipice of a new cycle
and tumble through the night all stuffed
full of life.

I wonder which side is the head or butt—
that self-deprecating side of you all looks
the same to me.

Why must you share spoiling food
with that stumbling stranger who slid out
from the other leaf?

There is a limit to the way your plump body
falls through tides of sky like an ostrich trying
to take flight.

That corpse of an ice cream sundae is still lost
inside your stomach, massaged by thick fingers
of lasting galore.

Yet you try to shake free from that shaded branch,
hoping to reach a bush in the sun or flying fish
in calm seas.

I must admit I cannot hate that wiggling body
of molted hair and lint, for all your uninhibited care
day and night.

 

About the Poet
E.T. Milkton writes from the clouds beyond the horizon. He enjoys hiking, fishing and eating meat.

Snowed In by Joanna C. Migdal

Snowed In (a cento poem)

Look how white everything is, how quiet, how snowed in.  -Sylvia Plath
                                                                                

A late snow beats with cold white fists upon the tenements

Beyond the window pane the world is white

white as those infinite blank pages placed on my writing stand

The winter evening settles down

in the same unending white

I stare blankly at a world bereft of color

The wet snow falls. It muffles sounds and colors

snow banking the door.
White silence fills the contours of my life in the unforgiving whiteness of the room

Only in the bedroom, a candle shows an indifferent yellow flame

It flickers cold, stingy, not promising anything

It will not last the night.

Acknowledgements: Lola Ridge, Delmore Schwartz, Anna Akhmatova, TS Eliot, Rainer Maria Rilke,
Princess Shakishi, Adam Zagajewski, Sara Teasdale, Virginia Hamilton Adair, Anna Akhmatova,
Bella Akhmadulina, Edna St. Vincent Millay

About the Poet
From 2004 to 2009, Joanna C. Migdal lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a vibrant artists’ and writers’ colony where she published a collaborative book of poetry and artworks entitled My Quicksilver Lover. One of the poems from the book (Ode to the Cedar Bar) appears in Of Burgers and Barrooms. (Main St Rag). In her hometown of New York City, she is active in the group Women You Should Know (WYSK). Her cento of women poets of the past was posted on the occasion of Women’s History Month, 2015. Other works have appeared in Muse/A, Zo, Ethel, and Scarlet Leaf Review. She still has a taste for spicy Mexican and strong margaritas which she indulges in while completing a chapbook of centos, Wild Nights.</i

Two Poems by Changming Yuan

Mindful Mindset

1/ Here: Into the Reality
You see, here’s the leaf dyed with the full
Spectrum of autumn; here’s the dewdrop
Containing all the dreams made on the
Darkest corner of last night; here’s the
Light pole in the forest where gods land
From another higher world; here’s the swirl
You can dance with to release all your
Stresses against the Virus. Here you are in
Deed as in need embracing
.                                                      The most
Mindful moment, when you can readily
Measure your feel with each breath, but do
Not think about time, which is nothing but
A pure human invention. Just point every
Synapse of yours to this locale. Here is now

2/ Now: The Art of Living
.       With my third eye I glaze into
The present moment, & there I find it
Full of pixels, each of which is
Unfurling slowly like a koru into
A whole new brave world that I
Can spend days, even months to watch
As if from
.                             A magic kaleidoscope

 

To Get(her) Together: for Helena Qi Hong

1/ Loveland
.                            As small as the screen of a cellphone
But much larger than the largest continent on earth
This virtual land boasts our private Peach Flower
Garden built with every thought & image digitalized &
Auto-managed by the powerful algorithm of
Love
                          Yes, deeply lost in this land
Of tenderness, warmth and spiritual intercourse &
Joined rather than separated by the Pandemic
We live deep in the heart of feel, where we forget to
Ask: “Which dynasty is it now outside of our garden?”

2/ Physical Contact
Via weixin, I can see & hear you vividly every day, or
Even every minute on a particular day, but I can
Never touch your fair, soft, rich & smooth skin, smell
Your unperfumed femininity, & taste your
Sun-painted mouth in the shape of a big split cherry

So, at my repeated requests, you snail-mailed me
A hand-written letter enveloped with a lock of your
Undyed hair. Whenever it gets too cold, I can feel
The warmth of your handwriting, digesting your
Tenderness behind the Chinese characters, smelling
Your hair like fresh grass growing after a spring rain
                                                     Or from your very thought

About the Poet
Changming Yuan hails with Allen Yuan from Poetry Pacific (poetrypacific.blogspot.ca). His credits include 12 Pushcart nominations & chapbooks (most recently LIMERENCE) besides appearances in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), Poetry Daily & BestNewPoemsOnlineand 1929 others. Yuan both served on the jury and was nominated for Canada’s National Magazine (poetry category).

Post-Climacteric by Terence Culleton

Post-Climacteric

  1. The Money System

There’s no inherent value in
the money system.—To begin,

one president’s much like the next
and murder is its own pretext.

  1. Directive

Wander all day unaware
of what you want, or even care

to want at all, but don’t complain
the world away—or back again.

  1. Make-Up

Her make-up makes up money, makes
up all and everything, it takes
her time lines and tear tracks away
each and every Money Day.

  1. Rogaine

Old men young, so young men then
pretend to live their lives again.

Banker Crookshanks thinks to be
a myth of youthful potency!

  1. Political Science

To shock the world the neo-libs
slicked with blood their lobster bibs.

Freedom’s one thing, so is law,
but money—well, some like it raw.

  1. Community Policing

 I need a heart to have and hold.
Do you possess a heart of gold?

I said that to a cop today.
He said, Stay clear, you—step away.

  1. Inside Track

Take the avaricious train:
what you venture, that you’ll gain.

Sleep in some hotel somewhere—
anywhere—it’s better there.

  1. Hazel Wand

Aengus found but little out
when he went off to catch a trout.

Little, though, was everything:
a sun, a moon, a song—to sing.

  1. Cassio

Iago says put money in
thy purse, good friend, and think no sin

is it that with your money you’ll
dispatch some earnest, heart-struck fool.

  1. Zombies

The view from there, the view from here,
would shock to silence Shaky-speare:

legions of the walking dead
and nothing pentametric said.

  1. Bourgeois

I have to say, a fresh croissant
is only what I think I want.

What other deep down I desire
is to consume this place with fire.

  1. Foreclosures

Victims will decline to dust
having said, In God We Trust.

C.O.D.—Return to Sender.
Cost is all in legal tender.

  1. The Gift

You’ve got it now. You mean it—now!
You’ve wanted it no matter how:

a world that knows its own downfall
and all things else—well, not at all.

  1. Ars Poetica

Nothing much remains to say,
but you’ll say it anyway:

find a trope how to, forsooth,
insinuate a dirty truth.

About the Poet
Terence Culleton has published several collections of formally crafted narrative and lyric poems, including A Communion of Saints (2011) and Eternal Life (2015), both with Anaphora Literary PressHis most recent book, A Tree and Gone, just out this past spring through Future Cycle Press, is a collection of fifty-four formal English sonnets, many of which have appeared in journals and anthologies and/or been short-listed in sonnet contests.  A multiple Pushcart nominee, Mr. Culleton has had several pieces featured on NPR, as well as various TV programs, and he reads widely throughout the Philadelphia and New York areas.

Three Poems by Thomas Piekarski

Dalí’s Ghost
When I worked at a gift shop on Monterey wharf
selling seaside souvenirs to unwary tourists
on my way I’d often walk
through trendy Custom House Plaza
and pause at the Salvador Dalí museum.

Having limited hours, it was typically closed
so I’d be locked out from his eternal works,
though at times a faint ghost of him visible
shimmering in crisp coastal fog.

Call it doppelganger, loyal muse,
raw spirit spiraled from the abyss,
daimon nonpareil, dallying soul,
such words as I’d ascribe quite useless.

State of Art
In their song “Lather” the Jefferson Airplane tell a tale
of the laughable man-child who in his mind didn’t age.
He played with toys as if but a boy while minding his
business until they took them away. In similar fashion
art movements fade out, become eclipsed, toys taken
by others riding waves of joy, discovery, and disaster.
The artists come and go, make their marks, then exit
with the turn of a dial, clang of a bell, or drop of a hat.
The artist starts with nothing and creates alive images
that will last in our minds because though ephemeral
stand the ravages of time. The Impressionists gave us
the world as seen, Dada the idea of a world. Which is
preferable depends on one’s taste: Cezanne introduced
nicely colorized geometric formulas, then along came
Tanguy with his amorphous architecture who appeals
by means of integrating otherwise dissonant concepts.
From cave walls where sacred animals were depicted
to scenes from ancient mythology and Christian man
art has segued through the ages: nothing static in this
evolving world, not the position of stars, not glaciers.
Art is the mirror of our minds, the inner teachings we
draw from imaginations drunk with inspiration borne
on intuitive wings of enlightenment, thence conveyed
into the tactile world, put on display for all to observe.
Peer up, out into space and consider what significance
distant creatures may assign to our art. Would it seem
juvenile, irrelevant, meaningful, or ersatz hocus pocus,
play things like Lather’s sand pail and shovel? If we’ve
learned anything at all by virtue of Warhol’s soup cans,
it’s that his canvases will inevitably disappear one day.
We’ll never catch time in a bottle, so unable to foresee
art’s future, yet have its present and past to illuminate.

Osiris Rising
To the chagrin of their moral majority
geese gathered under a bubble gum tree
and attempted to appear silent partners
in continual squawks as they trundled
across a busy midtown expressway.

Once on the other side
craving to humanize
as the blue sun drilled
holes in their paper thin skin
while defying common sense
what was thought an instinctive duty
those birds constructed pyramids
in which to store their deceased
whose souls they hoped would ascend
like Osiris unto multiple singularities.

About the Poet
Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry has
appeared in such publications as Poetry Quarterly, Literature Today, Poetry Salzburg, South
African Literary Journal, Modern Literature, and others. His books of poetry are Ballad of Billy
the Kid, Monterey Bay Adventures, Mercurial World, and Aurora California.

 

Three Poems by Emily Wall

Like Breathing Rain
The best part of every day: walking down the steps
to the beach, each stone set into the hillside, mossy
with green water, held close. Today, it’s high tide
and the ocean laps at the bottom rock, leaving
a mixing of rain and sea, a salty waterfall.
I stand on that lip and tell myself: don’t be anxious.

But does that ever work? Can we banish our anxiety
with a deep breath? Maybe some can. They follow steps
in books, advice from yoga teachers. They hum up a waterfall
in their chests. They hold the long in their light, mossy
bodies. It’s possible, right? I lift my foot, kick a few yellow leaves
into the sea. Watch them float, watch them ride the slow tide

out. Once we were windless on our sailboat, watching tide rips
flow past our hull, feeling the fog fall down. We rang the bell, anxious
to avoid being run over by the barges going by, leaving
trails of foghorn and exhaust. Then out of the fog: black rocks—like steps
into the sky—rose the fins of orcas, black backs rising out of mossy
green water. In the hush we heard their breaths waterfall

mist back into the sky, as they rode through the fog, a fall of water
into water. Such deepness! Such assurance that quiet would come, that the tide
would rise again. I study the glossy stones at my feet now, embracing the very moss
that will eventually crack them open. Certainty and quiet. No anxiety
about who will walk them down. I wonder who else treads these stairs?
Two days ago, coming down, I found a steaming pile of leavings.

Porcupine, I think. A warm nest of quills and a belly of grasses and leaves.
I turn to watch the stream rush down; thanks to hard rains, now a waterfall
of twigs, small stones, pine needles. If the rain gets any harder the steps
will be flooded. I’ve seen it happen. And when there’s a late summer high tide
the carcasses of salmon wash up, their ghost bodies done with the anxious
laying of eggs. Their spines now food for eagles, who carry strips to mossy

nests a mile up the mountain. I imagine an eaglet, or two, talons buried in moss,
mouths buried in rich salmon meat. They watch their parents come, then leave,
then come again, laden with more fish. Their eyes on the empty sky, bellies anxious
for more. Once I stood under a salmon nest, and felt a rain of leaves, a waterfall
of twigs, as a parent landed, heavily, in the nest. I was silent, wanting a tide
of sound to wash down, the sounds of food passing, beak to beak, that stepping

into relief. I imagine I’m only beak, feathers, water. I won’t fall. I sleep on moss
in a quiet fog that laps at the edges of my nest. Tides in and out, leaving
droplets to drink. This is how I try. This is how I try to step away, from all anxiety.

Honolua Cairn
Yes, that moment of delight when you come across a cairn—
white rocks, balanced perfectly, or imperfectly, in the hollow
of light at sunset, tucked against a volcanic wall, its salty
face soothed with moss. Now these smooth stones
as a front door into peace. Have you too stroked
the top rock, hoping it won’t fall? Admired the nesting

brilliance? Felt that connection to someone not from your nest
but who feels it too? Another woman, who speaks the language of cairns
and wind and rainfall? And you can’t help feeling—what a stroke
of luck, finding this here, still standing. Even though the hollowing
wind should have toppled it. Even though the story of these stones
is unknown. Still, you imagine, you’re lucky. Still, you think: even salt

can’t unravel every stone. But now, when you lick your salty
lips, you worry. Who will unravel my house? Who will kick the nest
I’ve built around each, precious daughter? You want to set each stone
with intention. You are beautiful. You are strong. You belong. You cairn
your daughters, your friends, yourself, this way. But on some hollow
days this becomes impossible. One day you’re hit by a stroke

of lightening, a flash of hurt, that stuns you still. As if a stroke
has deadened half your body. As if a voice has turned your face to salt
without warning. You are just wind. You are just a set of hollow
bones that should be silent. A rock, unbalanced. But still, you nest
your babies, still you fly through the rain looking for small pebbles to cairn.
You stack mother, woman, teacher, writer. Feminist. All the stones

you’re built of, that you’re meant to keep balanced, stone by stone,
day by day. Or should you be unstacking? Just striking
it down? Letting a wave carry away first this, then that, until the cairn
is unmade? Yes, perhaps. Is teaching daughters to rise against salty
air even safe? You dig your hands in sand, imagine all the hidden nests
of crabs and small spiders, deep in the warm. Dark, hollowed

and safe. The nest of a sea turtle. Glistening eggs. But: those tiny bodies hollow
a path to the sea. You close your eyes, see the shimmering stones
of a turtle shell, the way she turns in blue water, lifts her strong legs, the nest
of her breath rising to the surface. You reach out to stroke
the shining stone of her head. Ah. There it is again: that sharp, salty
taste of hope. Your teeth, your knees, even your empty fists, now cairns

in the hollow air. Sister, listen. Today let’s not allow them to stroke
our tracks out of the sand. Let’s not be only tumbled stone and salt.
Let’s nest our names, one on top of another: still here, still rising. Cairns by the sea.

 

Quarantine Tritina
In the deepness of an October evening I watch
these evanescent bubbles, champagne
trails rising, then bursting. What do I desire? Pine

for? Bumping into friends and dogs under pine
boughs, rich with rain, on the beach trail. Watching
my plane’s wings lift above pink champagne

clouds. Hundreds of us, at a wedding, drunk on champagne
and a thousand hugs. Now tonight, only a fire of pine
boughs, as evening falls. A celebration of nothing. Watching

embers burn into ash, watching a single pine needle, fizz and die.

 

About the Poet
Emily Wall is a Professor of English at the University of Alaska.  She has been published in a wide variety of literary journals in the US and Canada, most recently in Prairie Schooner and Alaska Quarterly Review.  In 2013 she won a statewide contest and a poem of hers was placed in Totem Bight State Park in Ketchikan, Alaska.  Her first two books were published by Salmon Poetry. Her chapbook Flame won the 2019 Minerva Rising chapbook contest. Her most recent collection, titled Breaking into Air, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.  Emily lives and writes in Juneau, Alaska.

Two Poems by Mary Birnbaum

Strangers
Unzip the suffocating wall of what you own.
Crumble window glass
into blind raw sand.
You’re embodied in repeating mirrors of light.

Will you use we or they
for the scattering patterns in the distance
on the long beach,
approaching strangers raising a hand?

You answer in a blue echo.
You are followed by unravelling souls,
cirrus, nimbus, and the naked,
beautiful steel wind.

The monstrous breath of the sea
sucks the gasp of the earth’s
obeisance and resistance.
Prayer remains subvocal.

It wasn’t long ago men murdered forests
to saw and hammer into vessels,
knotted wings on roofless beams,
drove them over a seemingly docile surface.

Groaning and shivering,
slaves, wounded and hidden strangers.
Centuries later, in our minds we’re still blown
in the same trade winds.

Arched canvas, dead trees,
the bloody lace of chains,
the beaten stone eyes of sand,
the immense gift we pass by.

 

Lectern
Winter’s intense blue is gone.
.             You keep ordering more light,
your eyes tensing to find
words in the knotted thread
crawling and jumping on the page
forced flat with one twisted hand.
.             The slow count of age
weighs on the skin and strains sinew.

You’re not ready to be softly
clapped into an obscure seat.
.             The patterns of beauty that you cut
into some cosmic consciousness,
some stone moment—aren’t quite
complete. No. You still have breath.

But your eyes can no longer think,
your hips ask you to kneel,
your neck says you may bow.
.             A wind blows from the audience
in the distance. Time changes.

Now numbers, the sparks of being,
become so tiny and so rapid,
.             you realize you exist
in a different universe
from the crowded languorous
young in their vast pastel cave.

 

About the Poet
Mary Elizabeth Birnbaum was born, raised, and educated in New York City.  She has studied poetry at the Joiner Institute in UMass, Boston.  Mary’s translation of the Haitian poet Felix Morisseau-Leroy has been published in The Massachusetts Review, the anthology Into English (Graywolf Press), and in And There Will Be Singing, An Anthology of International Writing by The Massachusetts Review, 2019 as well.  Her work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Lake Effect, J-Journal, Spoon River Poetry Review, Soundings East, and Barrow Street.

Three Poems by Askold Skalsky

Odyssey of a Deconstructed Head
Like a snap down the forking path of a decentered garden, he untied her from the master narrative of life. Overspilling with rage, he grasped after the ungraspable, a claw hammer, which he brought down on her head, resolving discrepancies through a final definition. Then, shunning discursive representations, he began to cut up her body. For several days he hacked and sawed in the bedroom, sheets spread on plastic, curtains tightly drawn, a Frankenstein eluding the regime of ordered worlds and meditating on the unsayable. Then he drove south, taking his daughters and letting the inconceivable gain presence in the white plastic bags he brought, full with his wife’s parts that he threw off the White Cliffs near Dover, staging what only dreams allow, while the girls sat in the car, unknowingly eating their crisps and drinking bottles of soda. What  remains concealed is not merely the repressed and unconscious, he thought, as he baked her head in the oven back home. It is the unimaginable itself, maybe even the incommensurate, and he added the hands and toes, turning the gas up eight notches so the heat would disguise the features of the cooked face past all critical framing. But the substance for which words already exist took its toll: a dog unearthed the skull a year later, where he had buried it on a golf course, bringing the play of his deception into meaning. He confessed all, further reducing the unidentifiable realm of pattern and ending the domain of multiplicity—fissures in the center of the real.

Modernity’s Placetobe—Post, Anti, and Post-Post
… that all their eggs of self-deception notwithstanding, did
supply the plicate-precious knowledge later to be steamed
and esteemed as brothy insights into a mysterious contingency,
yet one must still insist, like ancient Roman ways—Siste viator
by the wayside tomb—to remind and remand the misconceptions
spilled out on their bodies’ sallow skin of variegated aged sheen,
their business out for all to see, under a future perfect hundred
pounds of stone, yea, that they did so and sow while trying to
void this massy product of a febrile wit for something other
than the other, the locus loculi of unknown knowing, a breach
into which they furiously plunge—Oh tangency, what is your
name? The evitable aspiration without prefix, without relation
and its obscene horizontal charge, a particular locality believing
itself the monomanic universe that delves its plot in every
narratival mass, habit-bound, construable, while deeming some
extra-territorial truth and extratemporal decidability, deeming
a viscous-vacuous transpar­ency of the provisional, the always
apterous condition of our skeletal core, damming and dooming
themselves, grand boneyard narratologists of planetary certainty,
of ambi-this and ambi-that in every sin and sign, dimming their
selves to lucidate the orga-regulous, classi-gorizable disorder
of the world …

Metaphilosophetry
Philosophers—foxes that settle for munching
weeds instead of grapes, or like Faust’s servant who
grubs for gold yet beams when he finds worms—
fall short of the unattainable depth of true discern.
When every veil comes off, the statue stands
revealed in all its blinding nakedness and ease
as the ontologic drive of our unease, no less,
not meager surrogates or dress. But we have an
anodyne of superior kind to make our philosophic
kine loll about in barns and fields, and even behind
golden shields. And the particulate capsule of high art
is led to play its substitutive part, so that I aver
in underwhelming verse—every epoch gets
the metaphysics it deserves. Good and hard.

About the Poet
Originally from Ukraine, Askold Skalsky is a retired college professor living in Frederick, Maryland. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines and online journals in the USA as well as in literary publications in Europe, Canada, and Australia. A first collection, The Ponies of Chuang Tzu, was published in 2011.

Two Poems by Ed Coletti

Time Travel On a Bicycle
Nothing much about the forty-six years since
I lived in that little Marin town of Fairfax
I visited today with a friend and
could not even begin to fathom
the sheer bulk of time so encompassed
while the space of the town remained as
it had been then where only time had changed
along with me at 72 no longer 26
riding my 10-speed high frame Raleigh
across Broadway at Bolinas
on to other pretty tiny towns
Larkspur Mill Valley Sausalito
over the Golden Gate
into vaporous San Francisco on Lombard
to Gough Street to  fly down Bush
into the city’s heart its Tenderloin
Union Square and back once again
through its Presidio and Fort Point
that glorious autumn rust of a bridge
back into the early Seventies
warmth
.            that was the County of Marin.

El Pequeño Valle
Ellie taking a crack at getting in touch
Big birds squawking at sunup
Nothing as elusive to Ellie as Ellie.
Patas monkey screech, river echoing,
She scratches the diminutive valley
Between right hip and rib.

Crocodiles in slow race glide.
Ellie’s single fingers part and press
While, with spoonbills daintily hovering,

Ellie trying, gives it all she’s got.
And softly rocking herself in place
Ellie’s got quite a bit going for herself,

Floating down the Rio Negro accompanied
By howler monkey’s ominous baying
Ellie rubbing awake that seldom recalled

Little valley of sensitivity above her hip
Beneath her bottom rib on the right side
Just then as a tropical sun surmounts

The Nicaraguan horizon’s growing blaze
Igniting, oh this brilliant morning conflagration
Of major minor undiminished tropical birds,

She shouts with the fledgling sun
Then listens to the Rio Negro’s whisper.
Todo es bien aqui donde el rio le susurra.

 

About the Poet
Ed Coletti is a poet, painter, fiction writer and middling chess player. Previously,he served for three years as an Army Officer, then as a Counselor, college instructor, and later as a Small Business Consultant. Recent poems  have appeared in ZYZZYVANorth American Review, Volt, Spillway, and Blueline.  Most recent poetry collections include The Problem With Breathing (Edwin Smith Publishing –Little Rock- 2015) and Apollo Blue’s Harp And The Gods Of Song published by McCaa Books February 2019.  Ed also curates the popular ten-year-old blog “No Money In Poetry”  http://edwardcolettispoetryblog.blogspot.com/ He lives with his wife Joyce in Santa Rosa, California where they lost their home during the October 2017 firestorm.  The Coletti’s are pleased to report that they happily have relocated elsewhere in Santa Rosa.

Two Poems by Rikki Santer

At the Vent Haven Ventriloquist
Museum; Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Your gasp careens as hundreds of
goggle eyes & frankfurter lips lure
you into this side of toon. Gawking
from schoolmarm rows for a lap &amp; a
hand to revive them, they seem
anxious & awkward. Still they
teleport a nattering rustle of prickly
jests that circle the wagon of your
solar plexus. This odditorium, this
maverick mix of culture
detritus—painted make-up flaking,
leather skin sagging, repairs
improvised & raw. They listen as
they fetishize us—slashes of eye
shadow, caterpillar brows, boobs that
surprise in their shifting. So many
heroes that lived useful lives, eyes
sunburst mandalas.

Drop Jaw
speak                  double

 

.                                        ton

 

.             gues   :               vent

 

riloquist’s          con

 

                                      versation

 

be

                        gin

 

                                      martini

 

trick:                   i  mmmmm

 

no

.                          dum

 

                                                    my

 

 

.                          jaw

 

                                                    line

 

lies

 

:         lala                                      la

 

                         by

 

rinth

 

.                                        you

 

                                                    r

 

stage.

 

*These poems are from the poetry collection Drop Jaw published by NightBallet Press.

 

About the Poet
Rikki Santer’s work has appeared in various publications including Ms. Magazine, Poetry East, Margie, Hotel Amerika, The American Journal of Poetry, Slab, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, Grimm, Slipstream, Midwest Review and The Main Street Rag. Her seventh poetry collection, In Pearl Broth, was published this past spring by Stubborn Mule Press.