Selected Poetry from Issue #47
Cover Art: by Linda Hillringhouse, Descending Figures with Bird and Dog, 2019, gouache on paper, 10 ½" x 14 ½"
Marge Piercy, How Did I Come to Be Here?
What We Need to Live
Lisa Coll Nicolaou
My Miniature World
The Kind of Father
My Daughter-in-Law Comforts her Son
My Dad Loved to Dance
My dad loved to dance, taught his little sister,
his favorites—how to Fox Trot and Peabody,
and when company came by, she’d get shy,
hide under the bed, knowing
my dad would want to twirl her around,
show her off.
“Come out Katie,” he’d beg. “I’ll give you
a quarter if you dance with me.”
My dad loved to dance, music always on in the old
white house in the Riverside section of Paterson,
and after dance contests at the Armory, he’d come home,
his white tee dripping,
and his stepmom would scold, “You’re gonna get sick!”
But inside she was smiling,
utterly charmed by this skinny teenager.
Susan Lembo Balik is Manager, Cultural Affairs at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ (home to the Poetry Center). Her first book of poetry is Sinatra, the Jeeperettes & me (Garden Oak Press, 2014), and her poems have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Lips, San Diego Poetry Annual, Tiferet, and other journals.
Mrs. Dalloway Said She Would Buy the Flowers Herself
Why I Think Studies of Autism Are Pointless
House on Fire
Jaimee Wriston Colbert
Collection of Broken Things