Evening of August 18, 2023

beer garden

I plant myself

at the bar

~Paul David Mena

the hiss of light years between us

~David C. Kopaska-Merkel

trapped in your ribcage I rattle the bars

~David C. Kopaska-Merkel

picking up the fly swatter

I compose

another death poem

~Paul David Mena

He promised her

Moonlit beach strolls.

He promised her

caviar and champagne.

He promised her

he’d steal her heart.

He stole her wallet


~Nolcha Fox

Woodstock anniversary

woman listens to

the concert LP

in her room at

the nursing home

~John J. Dunphy



I took the one less

I took the one

I took the

I took

~Noah Berlatsky

Sing Gone

You’re the rooster

cackling off-key

through a megaphone.

You won’t hear me singing

when I pack my bags

and leave.

~Nolcha Fox



seen her

the poster

asks from a phone pole

photograph of an empty room

~David C. Kopaska-Merkel

rising inflation—

the increased cost

of lottery tickets

~Joseph P. Wechselberger

burning sage

my dreams

go up in smoke

~Paul David Mena

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