Diana Raab – Five Poems

In Buddhism texts, there’s often a reference to the beauty of nature—the trees, the flowers, the mountains, and the animals. The lotus, which is often seen in Buddhist realms, is one of the most beautiful flowers. The way it grows in the mud and erupts into a spectacular living thing is phenomenal.

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Armine Kotin Mortimer – Glenn Gould – Excerpt from Sollers

Separate yourself, take your distance, act as though you are not playing, as though you are not even hearing yourself. The error consists in believing that one is doing what one is doing when doing it. Above all, don’t attempt to attain silence or empty space. That is a pose. On the contrary, play as if you were in the middle of the street, at the heart of the racket…

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Douglas Cole – Fukushima

… Beauty is the back door with white spider webs in the corners I open and see the sun over that high grass and I am only three and lift my arms to that warm light thinking that’s where I came from. Beauty is a face in a shroud in a cloud in a crowded market, a deaf-mute handing me a pamphlet that says Blessed are the Thankful as I’m picking out an avocado.

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Uche Ogbuji – Four Poems

Beauty works up desire. Looking down an aspen valley in color from a mountain pass, one cannot hope to possess what they see, but they are compelled to return. When a poem lets beauty in at the eye–like love in the Yeats’s Drinking Song–or by the ear, the perceiver gains the pleasure of wonder that slowly sweeps through them, ever elusive.

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Fabrice Poussin – Five Photographs

Fabrice Poussin – Five Photographs Sleeping Storm  World Afire   Weary   Rebirth    Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University, Rome, Georgia. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and more than a dozen other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Magazine and more than sixty other publications. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new...

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Kathleen Kirk – Three Poems

I remember seeing a golden tree out a third-floor window of a college building and not being able to move, turned to gold myself by its arresting beauty. Yes, I wrote a poem about it, and it was in the college literary magazine, also solidifying for me the connection between poetry & beauty.

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David Mason – Three Poems

David Mason – Three Poems From the chapter “Davey’s Blue Monday” in the novella in verse, Davey McGravy: Tales to be Read Aloud to Children and Adult Children Around the Bend He stepped over a root at the foot of a yew, and the trail went on beyond, and Davey stood on the dark, wet path, and thought about what he’d seen. His breath went into the day like mist. The woods were breathing too. An owl was talking somewhere ahead: “Who? To-who? To-who?” And a raven answered, “Now, now, now.” And Davey looked ahead, wondering if he should go. And...

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Jenny McBride – Before the Wedding

Jenny McBride Before the Wedding “Nobody sells eggbeaters anymore,” my mother said, her hand clenched tightly to Alice’s hundred year-old elbow, the four of us hobbling along like a roller skate with two chipped wheels.  “Everyone is using whisks instead.” “What’s this?” my grandma asked.  She yanked me to a stop and squinted at the closest store in the outdoor mall. “Crate and Barrel,” I replied, just a bit restless.  It was fun being the focus of a search for wedding gifts, but soon my fiancé would be getting off work and I wanted to be home when he...

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K. Carlton Johnson – Six Photographs

K. Carlton Johnson – Six Photographs K. Carlton Johnson K. Carlton Johnson K. Carlton Johnson   K. Carlton Johnson   K. Carlton Johnson   K. Carlton Johnson   K. Carlton Johnson’s work has appeared in Diner, Nassau Review, Connecticut Review, Barley South, and Muzzle, to mention just a few. She is both visual artist and poet. Her photography and paintings attest to the underlying continuity of creation that can inspire. She believes that we often take for granted our natural surroundings, so her work tries to make the observer look again and observe that art is all around us. Share...

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Ed Higgins – Grunion Fishing

Ed Higgins Grunion Fishing “Of course, most of the things I look back on fondly I never actually experienced.” –Jon Favreau As spilled on a sandy Corona del Mar beach both in moonlight and starlight so lovely and strangely sad as if receding still on the waves there in lost time or no time at all except for nostalgia now, or as it actually happened maybe those flickerings of pale silver on thousands of grunion making the whole surf-pounded beach alive with the magic incandescence of slender wriggling fish. And we two once waiting under bluish moonlight at high...

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