A note from the editors

Friends,

Effective January 1, 2019, we are going to concentrate on our quarterly issues, rather than continuing the practice of posting work weekly. Our next quarterly issue will out in mid-February 2019.

The Editors

Lisa Zaran

SPEARMINT

After a day or two,
lilies sprout the shape of my tongue.

I spill sad. Miss the garden,
fold over fold with inner knowing.

Don’t stop at the mouth,
the world outside is vast and intricate.


SOURCE & METHOD: As most of my peers I have often found solace in reading Rumi, felt a spiritual connection, discovered that God (my God as I have come to know him) can be a pleasurable part of my existence. My method in this piece was to build a relationship between two people based on hints throughout the words I chose to include and the direction I wanted to take. I sourced these fragments from The Essential Rumi translations by Coleman Barks with John Moyne.  The muse was certainly Jelaluddin.


Lisa Zaran is the author of eight collections of poetry including Dear Bob Dylan, The Blondes Lay Content, If It We and the sometimes girl. Lisa is founder and editor of Contemporary American Voices. When not writing, Lisa spends her days working for a Community Service Agency serving individuals with substance use and mental health disorders in Arizona.


Photo by Jelena Koncar 

Issue 15 Eve Leaned Out the Window

collage by Sarah Sloat
collage by Sarah Sloat

Jane Attanucci  OVERDUE

Genevieve Betts  A QUESTION OF WHOLENESS

Ama Bolton  THE GLOBE-MAKER’S APPRENTICE

Lisa Carl  THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP

Natalie D-Napoleon  INTERRUPTED

Andy Fogle   SCHOOLHOUSE SYLLABICS, HANCOCK

Alisa Golden  INSTABILITY and DISPLACEMENTS

Jessica Goodfellow  FOG CENTO

Rick Lupert  HEADLINES

Hannah Mahoney  ARE YOU READY? and THE WORLD IS SPINNING

Monica Shah  SARAH

Sarah J. Sloat  EVE

Brandy Smith  HALLOWEEN 2004

Mark Young  from THE POUND CENTOS

Andy Fogle

Schoolhouse Syllabics, Hancock

an / i / mos / i / ty
a / pos / tol / ic / al
cu / ri / os / i / ty

em / blem / at / ic / al
met / a / phor / ic / al
Fus / tian

 

Method:  This came out of a weeklong National Endowment for the Humanities seminar I participated in 2 summers ago about the Shakers here in east-central New York and western Massachusetts. It came directly from material I saw handwritten in Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts.  I haven’t changed it a bit.

Andy Fogle has five chapbooks of poetry, with poems, translations, memoir, interviews, criticism, and educational research in Image, Mid-American Review, Blackbird, Gargoyle, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, English Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in upstate NY, teaching high school and working on a Ph.D. in Education.