great love remembered by Tom Weiss

great love remembered he has found the time,distance from crossings,fuzzy countries trailing, smiling,bringing him backjust across townto see her then as she shimmeredon the dock in the sunher golden hair still goldenas she covered softly perfect breasts,allowing him an innocent joy,exuberance with a camerato take four pictures.myopically chivalrous,he saved just one. Tom Weiss is a…

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Last Season by Tamar Kapanadze

Broken dreams and scattered expectationsBuried in your malignant intentions.I thought you brought me blooming blossomsbut left me with the scars,Wounded by your indifferent and stabbing snow petals.Giving you my winter moon was not enough for you,so it’s the last season walking on your avenue.Should I keep the tangerine as my little secret?The pieces of your…

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Subhuman by Thomas Piekarski

Taking into account imaginarycreatures people consider super,trolls, gods, spirits and fairies,one might draw the conclusionthat we mortals are subhuman,consumed by untimely death,existing in continual worryover what will happen next. Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly.

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Mount Tullywind by Brandon Whitaker

His wife let leave her rigid lipAnother trembling sigh,A cargo tossed to save the ship,To let her sorrow lie. “I hear and love you, light of mine,”She found the words at last,“Yet look once more the family fine,Your hopes have quick o’erpassed.” A knowing nod received her plea,Expectant and reposed,Her hand, aquake perceptibly,He took and…

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Relic by Ivanka Fear

Present obsessionshere today, unwanted tomorrow, gone yesterday:ready to assemble and made in China, ready to toss before it’s assembledfrom box to garbagenew technologies and smart speakers, houses modernized clonesfrom human contact to computer takeoversocial media and texting, connecting you with everyonefrom acquaintances to strangers to stalkersSmart phones and iPadsinstant images never printed, from snap to…

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A completely unnecessary poem for my first love

Everyone else failed me except you,Mere machines buzzing with constant sound of self-destruction,they mortified me too, love.Their wounds opened and healed in my hands,My body clock ticks only to bring waterto deserted lands.And when these hostile beasts I’ve loved after youcome aliveto vapor their flux down on me again,I come back.You appear to be everywhere…

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The Haunting Tree by Josh Poole

Fleeting leaves of haunting treesGhosts of August goneFall to despair upon its kneesTo whisper winter’s song. Your soul trampled beneath my shoesYour heart bare of breastFor your last dirge winter blowsAnd at last falls out your nest. Dead to me the bird that’s flownTo finer trees in finer placesIt cracks my mind to have ever…

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