Cover Art: Linda Hillringhouse, Descending Figures with Bird and Dog,  2019, gouache on paper, 10 ½" x 14 ½"

 

 

 

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?

Joe Weil

What We Need to Live

Linda Hillringhouse

New Dress

Lisa Coll Nicolaou

My Miniature World

Bunkong Tuon

The Kind of Father

Penny Perry

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. 


 

 

Michael Rulli

Mrs. Dalloway Said She Would Buy the Flowers Herself

Emily Vogel

Why I Think Studies of Autism Are Pointless

Kristina Branch

House on Fire

Jaimee Wriston Colbert

Collection of Broken Things

Nicholas Rodriguez

Graceful Hands