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MAY DAY RECOLLECTION

<b>by B.Z. Niditch</b><p>The other name<br>safeguards<br>your identity<br>life's green card<br>matches the form<br>of a poem<br>and works to shelter<br>our absence<br>from betrayal<br>with an …

TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS

<b>by Buff Whitman-Bradley</b><p>In order to save the National Security Agency<br>The trouble and expense<br>I am planning to spy on myself –<br>After all who is in a …

PENSION ADVANCE

<b>by Ellen Devlin</b><p>Tattooed ticket- taker,<br>here to loot-<br>( tasteful tattoo and<br>a well-fitting suit ).<p>Amusement park ride,<br>your body goes faster-<br>speed of …

SEQUESTRATED POEM

<b>by J.R. Solonche</b><p>No matter the cost or severity,<br>we poets adjust for aust . . .<p><b>J.R. Solonche</b> is co-author (with wife Joan Siegel) of Peach Girl: Poems …

HE SAID I'LL LOVE YOU . . .

<b>by David Chorlton</b><p>It takes a slide guitar<p>accompanied by strings and a backup trio<p>with sweet, high voices<p>to fit an opera-sized grief<p>into a country …

INTERIOR

<b>by Dale Ritterbusch</b><p>Two dogs bark back and forth, a common<br>interruption in summer, but this a cold<br>night in March, still a foot, maybe more, of snow<br>on …

PREAMBLE

<b>by Lucille Gang Shulklapper</b><p>We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, open our floodgates to end political confusion, …

WHAT BASEBALL MEANS TO ME

<b>by Zach Fishel</b><p>Somewhere in<p>between the worn edge<p>of my debit card and bar tabs<p>sings the sound of an old<p>guitar leaning<p>forgotten between<p>portfolios and …

FIVE YEARS OLD

<b>by Lavinia Kumar</b><p>On the cold floor of void the child cries.<br>And in the echo she hears only the buzz<br>of a fly she cannot see. There’s no end<br>to the hurt …

HELL NIGHT

<b>by Meaghan Ford</b><p>I dragged all the blankets into the bath tub, raided my closets for pillows. Someone <br>
told me to stay away from the windows and my …

AFTER THE BOMBING

<b>by Howie Good</b><p>Every bush strung<br>with shreds of bloodstained light,<br>there’s so much still to suffer,<p>an Atlantic of emptiness,<br>greasy & barely moving,<br>a …

IMPOSSIBLE TO PAINT, NATURE PERSISTS

<b>by Connolly Ryan</b><p>That stillness that fills you<br>larger than up,<br>smaller than down,<br>like circles of ducks<br>upon circles—micro-replicas<br>of any inkling<br>imagined …

RUN

<b>by Mitch Grabois</b><p>I was always disgusted by my younger sister<br>a sloppy teenager,<br>by the time she graduated high school<br>porcine<br>the kind of girl that …

GUN RUNNERS

<b>by Frederick Shiels</b><p>We blame the NRA and we are right<br>We blame the senators who promised and who fled<br>We blame those deaf to Gabby Giffords' words<br>We …

THOUGHTS ON TERRORISM

<b>by David S. Pointer</b><p>The Boston Marathon<br>Bombings had me thinking<br>about the Olympic Games<br>in 1972 when Black September<br>killed athletes, and the world<br>has …

BURYING THATCHER

<b>by Chris O’Carroll</b><p>Would you splurge 10 million quid<br>To put her in the ground? They did.<p>Back in the Eighties, ’twould have been<br>A bargain. Now, it’s …

THE AFTERMATH

<b>by Tricia Knoll</b><p>At the very finish,<br>when all the banners fall<br>and the sirens silence on to home,<br>legs knocked out from under<br>holding dear traditions<br>in our …

SHARON OLDS, PULITZER PRIZE WINNING POET, BUMPED FROM PBS BY BOMBS

<b>by Alan Catlin</b><p>Her book of personal loss,<br>a marriage gone way wrong,<br>intense as personal grief can be.<p>Moving on, recovery, takes years,<br>if ever; a …

MARATHON

<b>by James Penha</b><p><b>after Lucian of Samosata</b><p>Philippides, who could run all day<br>reported the Marathon victory<br>to the judges awaiting the outcome,<br>saying, …

COPLEY SQUARE

<b>by Becky Harblin</b><p>Red sky sunset<br>no sailors delight<br>on this Patriots day.<p>Healthy bodies trained<br>for personal bests<br>hurt by a morass of hate.<p>We don't know …

NO. 2

<b>by Sean J. Mahoney</b><p>You first surfaced 22 years ago, rising<br>From the concrete with much promise.<br>You are casualty number two,<br>From Camp Pendleton.<p>Perhaps …

BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT

<b>by J.D. Smith</b><p>Someone may have wondered<i><br>How much does a mountain weigh?</i><p>There was no great balance to set it on,<br>no human scale, but the question<br>could be …

PROTEST CONTEST

<b>by The Bangkok Bards</b> <b><br>Charles Frederickson & Saknarin Chinayote</b><p>Dizzy dysfunctional globe rotating counterclockwise<p>Unnatural disasters undermining …

NOTES ON AN APRIL DAY

<b>by David Chorlton</b><p>We returned a pigeon to the sky<br>where he belongs this morning.<br>Otherwise, it’s a quiet day<p>if we ignore the news<br>of the nuclear mouthed …

THE CORPORATOCRACY

<b>by Buff Whitman-Bradley</b><p>The beast has many bellies<br>The beast has many eyes<br>But does not have a single ear<br>To hear the children’s cries<p>The beast has …

LOOKING FOR THOREAU

<b>by William Cullen, Jr.</b><p>Here at Walden Pond<br>pilgrims outnumber the trees<br>with their cell phone tones<br>mimicking every woodland song<br>the mocking bird is …

A ROUTINE BOMB

<b>by Michael Ratcliffe</b><p><b>“Hardly a week goes by in Germany without an unexploded bomb from World War II being found at a construction site or in another</b> …

EPITAPH FOR MARGARET THATCHER

<b>by J.R. Solonche</b><p>The Iron Lady is deceas'd.<br>So may her soul now rust in peace.<p>J.R. Solonche is co-author (with wife Joan Siegel) of Peach Girl: Poems …

WITH GENTLY STREAMING EYES

<b>by Jerome Betts</b><p><b>FARMING leaders have warned that up to an estimated 10,000 ewes and lambs have died in the recent snowstorms, costing the industry</b> …

ABOUT APPLES

<b>by Rick Gray</b><p>Yes, I heard about your bombing today.<br>Another improvised scrap of death<br>Planted inside a truckload of apples.<p>This isn’t about your …