The Poetry of Thomas Locicero in The Skinny Poetry Anthology: Bold, Magnetic, Original

Thomas Locicero’s poetry sings. It has a voice as grand as the New York Island.  His poem, “The Skinny on Italian Lovers,” is a cultural ode both of splendid originality and bold ingenuity. Without question, his work shines in craft and endearing uniqueness–and for that, we should all be grateful. Order your copy of The Skinny Poetry Anthology today, TO BE buoyed by Locicero’s work @ https://tinyurl.com/rqvf892

Thomas Locicero’s poems have appeared in The Skinny Poetry Journal, Roanoke Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Long Island Quarterly, The Ghazal Page, Birmingham Arts Journal, Poetry Pacific, Antarctica Journal, and Bindweed Magazine, among other journals. Originally from East Islip, NY, he resides with his wife, Lil, and sons, Sam and Ben, in Broken Arrow, OK.

The poetry of Tara Betts–a beautiful brilliance in The Skinny Poetry Journal

Tara Betts is a poet’s poet, to be sure. She is a deep dish of literary excellence–and perhaps, one of the reasons that the wind blows so hard in Chicago is because Betts is stirring good things up with her words.  TO BE inspired by her work in The Skinny Poetry Anthology, go to https://tinyurl.com/rqvf892

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. She’s a co-editor of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and editor of the critical edition of Philippa Duke Schuyler’s memoir Adventures in Black and White. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.  Betts received her B.A. in Communication at Loyola University, received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New England College. She received her Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from Binghamton University.

The Wisdom Rich Poetry of Changming Yuan in TSPA

Great depth and craft abide in the poetry of Changming Yuan. It is an honor to read his pieces, rich with layers of wisdom, capable of warming souls in winter frost.  TO BE stirred by his work in The Skinny Poetry Anthology, go to https://tinyurl.com/rqvf892

Changming Yuan published monograph translations, before leaving China. Currently, Yuan lives in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. His credits include: ten Pushcart nominations, the 2018 Naji Naaman’s Literary Prize, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry and Best New Poems Online.

On the subject of Poetry of Kara Provost, Compassion, and The Skinny Poetry Anthology

There is a profound reverence for humanity in the poetry of Kara Provost. Now, more than ever, in the U.S. and in the world, such love is needed like air needs breathing. TO BE moved by her work in The Skinny Poetry Anthology, go to https://tinyurl.com/rqvf892

Kara Provost has published two chapbooks, Topless (Main Street Rag) and Nests (Finishing Line), and six microchapbooks with the Origami Poems Project. Her poems appear in literary journals and a number of anthologies, including Credo: Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing; Nuclear Impact: Shattered Atoms in Our Hands; and Shifts: Women’s Growth through Change. Kara teaches writing at Curry College and lives in Rhode Island.

“Praise Song for Marlin” by Le Hinton

Praise Song for Marlin
(Sunday, October 6, 1968)

When Marlin Briscoe started for the Broncos, we cheered.
Before
Doug.
Warren.
Russell.
Before
Colin.
We
knelt
before
we cheered when Marlin Briscoe started for the Broncos.

Le Hinton
1/12/2020

Le Hinton is the author of six poetry collections, including: Sing Silence (Iris G. Press, 2018). His work can be found in The Best American Poetry 2014, Summerset Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and outside of Clipper Magazine Stadium, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, incorporated into Derek Parker’s sculpture, “Common Thread.”

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On the subject of Regina Guarino’s grand cinematic imagery in The Skinny Poetry Journal

What wonderful word pictures Regina Guarino paints in poetry. Her work literally Jumps off of the page of The Skinny Poetry Journal and that is a blessing for every reader who engages the pages of the book.

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Regina Guarino is the author of Words Matter: Prayers to Heal a Feminist Soul (Blurb Books, 2018). Stockton University’s Shore Thing Writing Getaway, for which she was a scholarship recipient, inspired these poems. She has been teaching English as a second language for many years in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Skinny Poetry Journal on the enduring importance of a Kingly Stand

The Skinny Poetry Journal stands with all people who earnestly work to advance the interest of love and peace in the world. That means, we’re down with our Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Agnostic, Atheist family–whomever you be. We be against War, against racism, against any “ism” that acts as a social lighter fluid to inflame hatred and violence around the globe. So, if you didn’t know, now you know. – Truth Thomas

“…noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The higher ground of Debasis Mukhopadhyay’s poetry in The Skinny Poetry Anthology

Debasis Mukhopadhyay is, quite simply, a consistently brilliant poet with a singular voice. This happy fact abides in the Skinnys he has written that are gratefully a part of The Skinny Poetry Anthology.

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Debasis Mukhopadhyay is the author of the chapbook kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context (Finishing Line Press, 2017). His poems have appeared in Stride, The Honest Ulsterman, Posit, Words Dance, Erbacce, I am not a silent poet, and elsewhere. His work has been nominated for the Best of the Net. Debasis lives and writes in Montreal, Canada.

Elizabeth Jorgensen in “The Skinny Poetry Anthology” and it is good.

Elizabeth Jorgensen’s work in The Skinny Poetry Anthology holds the poetic grip strength that only gifted writers can wield.  What a wonderful world her poetry is–for those on both two and four legs to follow.

Elizabeth Jorgensen’s memoir, Go, Gwen, Go, co-written with Nancy Jorgensen, is available from Meyer & Meyer Sport. Shorter works appear in Wisconsin English Journal, Azalea and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She has presented at NCTE, WSRA and for NCTA. Learn more at lizjorgensen.weebly.com

In the hands of DCluuuv and her generations: The Skinny Poetry Anthology

Blessed and honored to see this book in the hands of Melanie Henderson (aka DCluuuv) and her beautiful daughter–born loving books, to be sure.
 
Melanie Henderson, Washington, DC native poet, editor, photographer and publisher, is the author of Elegies for New York Avenue, winner of the 2011 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. An alumnus of Howard and Trinity Universities, she studied poetry at Howard University in Dr. Tony Medina’s “Boot Camp” and at the Voices Summer Writing Workshops (VONA) in San Francisco, CA prior to earning an MFA from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Drumvoices Revue, jubilat, Torch, Tuesday; An Art Project, Valley Voices, and The Washington Informer among many other notable publications. She is a recipient of the 2009 Larry Neal Writers Award and received a 2013 Pushcart Prize nomination from Iris G. Press. She is a Founding Editor of Tidal Basin Review and serves on the editorial board of Cherry Castle Publishing. Learn more at: dcelegies.com.
 
READ HER NEW WORK, forthcoming in the Show Us Your Papers Anthology, published by Main Street Rag (https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/). as well as 400 years
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Saluting the Poetry of Matthew Borczon and The Skinny Poetry Journal

When I think about the people who have greatly impacted my life, it’s clear that a significant number of them are veterans. Many, like Lamont B. Steptoe, are Vietnam veterans–but not all–Dr. Tony Medina, case in point. For what they have suffered in the act of giving, I am very grateful. And certainly, the wisdom, generosity, knowledge, and inspiration they have given me is a gift beyond compare.

I mention all of that to say that I am, and TSPA is, edified by another soldier–Matthew Borczon. He is also a gift beyond compare to the world–this poet–this writer–for his sterling poetry of witness. Not unlike Yehuda Amichai, he writes about war from the point of view of painful personal experience. He writes to honor the sanctity of life and to remind all who will listen about the ongoing human cost of war.

As we are inches away from the second decade in the twenty-first century, in a world in constant conflict, it strikes me that Borczon’s poetry should be embraced with the reverence of a New Year’s Eve “Watch Night” Service. – t

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and that of multitudes of exceedingly talented poets
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Matthew Borczon is a poet from Erie, Pennsylvania. He has published 11 collections of poetry, the most recent being Body Bag, on Nixes Mate Books. When Borczon is not writing, he is a nurse who serves adults with developmental disabilities. He has been a Navy Hospital Corpsman for the last 18 years and often writes about his time in Afghanistan and his life after living with PTSD.

Anjanette Delgado Matters & The Skinny Poetry Journal

One of the great joys of publishing is sharing–or further sharing–the work of profoundly gifted writers with the world. Anjanette Delgado is such a writer–and her poetic voice is grand and bright and rich. TSPA is blessed by the wealth of her talent. – t
Anjanette Delgado is the author of The Heartbreak Pill (Simon & Schuster, 2008), and The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho (Kensington Publishing & Penguin Random House, 2014). She is also the 2009 winner of the Latino International Book Award. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, as well as in The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Vogue, The Hong Kong Review, and on National Public Radio.

Anne Harding Woodworth and The Skinny Poetry Anthology

Anne Harding Woodworth’s poetry is touching, wrenching, and Trouble (to borrow from the title of her forthcoming book), in the way that great art often tends to be. To that end, her work in The Skinny Poetry Anthology is as precious as gravity.
 
TO ORDER your copy of TSPA today
Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of six books of poetry and four chapbooks. Her seventh book, Trouble, will appear in late 2020. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts, and is on the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., where she lives.

In the Wake of Tragedy: A TSPJ Call 4 Love

“Praying for the families of all of those murdered, brutalized, and terrorized by hands of hate, at both the Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, New York and those at West Freeway Church of Christ. Praying for love to break out like a pandemic for which there will never be a cure.” – Truth Thomas

Along these lines, TSPJ is launching a call for poems that work in the interest of healing America–and the world–from its addiction to violence–whatever its roots.  Send your Skinnys to theskinnypoetryjournal@gmail.com for publishing consideration.

Tom Laichas in The Skinny Poetry Anthology

So yes, I think it would be fair to say that the poetry of Tom Laichas possesses imagery as rich as any silver screen storytelling frame. It’s haunting and magical. Certainly, he also keeps a great deal of California brightness under his hat–and now in the freshly-inked pages The Skinny Poetry Anthology. – t
 
Tom Laichas’s recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in 3.1Venice, Ambit, Masque & Spectacle, Big Window Review and elsewhere. His first collection, Empire of Eden, is due out in 2020 from High Window Press (UK).

A Sneak Peak from from The Skinny Poetry Anthology: “I Ask My Grandfather Why He Won’t Speak English” by Maura Alia Badji

I Ask My Grandfather Why He Won’t Speak English

He says, I keep my country in my mouth.
Exile
Sicilian-Ethiopian
Intersection
Blood
Exile
Loyal
Tongued
Vigilant
Exile
I keep my country in my mouth, he says.

Maura Alia Badji
6/2/2016

Maura Alia Badji is a poet/writer/ESL teacher. Her writing has appeared in Aeolian Harp, The Delaware Review, Pirene’s Fountain, The Buffalo NewsThe Phoenix Soul, Liberated MuseCobalt, The Wise Woman, WELTER, The Good Men Project, This City Is a Poem, Barely South Review, and other notable publications. Badji lives in Virginia Beach, with her son, Ibrahim.

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“I Never Told You” and “A Year Later” by Elizabeth Mercurio

I Never Told You

there was another suicide attempt
smoke
womb
engine
runs
smoke
warmth
whiskey
womb
smoke
another suicide attempt. there. was.

***

A Year Later

You swallowed pills down the pipe of your throat
strangers
in
scrubs
words
strangers
you
can’t
understand
strangers
Down the pipe of your throat, you swallowed pills

Elizabeth Mercurio
12/10/2019

Elizabeth Mercurio’s chapbook, Doll is forthcoming from Lily Poetry Review Books in January of 2020. She earned an MFA in poetry from The Solstice Low-Residency Program of Pine Manor College. Her work has appeared in, Third Point Press, Philadelphia Stories, The Skinny Poetry Journal, The Literary Nest, Fledgling Rag, and Lily Poetry Review.

 

The Skinny Poetry Anthology–on the publishing runway

Coming soon to Cherry Castle Publishing
The Skinny Poetry Anthology–yes, yes:

“It may be hard to imagine that 11-line poems, with nine of those lines being just one word, exude power. No need to imagine, though, because you will find poems of power in The Skinny Poetry Anthology, edited by award-winning poet Truth Thomas. Evocative and profound, these poems meet racism, white supremacy, war, homophobia, domestic violence, immigrant abuse, the prison industrial complex, and grief head on. The vulnerability will cause you to gasp. The transformation and redemption will shake your soul. With poets such as Maura Alia Badji, Brian Gilmore, Debasis Mukhopadhyay, Jimmie Smith Jr., and Rashida James-Saadiya leading the way, this collection offers the combination of fist-raising and compassion our world desperately needs right now.”

– Carmen Calatayud, author of In the Company of Spirits

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Book Layout by David Saunier
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Frank Thomas Rosen’s “auschwitz of the digital age” — talking about love.

auschwitz of the digital age by frank thomas rosen

It brings me great joy to spread the news about a new book soon to bless the American literary canon–Frank Thomas Rosen’s auschwitz of the digital age. In an online world, where the spirit of alt-right/neo-Nazi-like hatred grows more vociferous in its daily articulations, it is good to see a reverence for all humanity expressed to counter it. Creatively and thoughtfully, ftr does just that in this new collection, and a great deal more. – Truth Thomas

Coming to the Castle 11/29/2019 auschwitz of the digital age and other poems (new cognitive poetry) by Frank Thomas Rosen – cover design: David Saunier, drawings by Frank Thomas Rosen

auschwitz of the digital age is a bracing book that casts a sidelong glance at contemporary American life, bearing witness to the failure of the grand experiment in democracy. Rosen doesn’t shy away from the quotidian horrors of 21st century America: racism, gun violence, opioid addiction, the healthcare crisis, pollution, our dependence on the news cycle and digital technology—which he catalogues with measured, concrete language. This “east-german poet / tasting the bark of / american poetic diction” is both immigrant and exile, a clear-eyed observer of our “brief american eternity” in which we all find ourselves raising “a beer glass of blood” to the new American hero, “the kid that drew the fire.” —Stephan Delbos, author of Light Reading

Only $15.99 – Pre-Order your copy today
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“Vintage Pigskin” by Rekaya Gibson

Vintage Pigskin

Inflated bladder
sails
through
the
sky
sails
until
halftime
fans
sail,
bladders inflated.

Rekaya Gibson
9/19/2019

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Rekaya Gibson is a freelance writer and author. She has contributed content for Amtrak, HuffPost, Writer’s Digest Books, and several lifestyle magazines. She also has written and published seven books in multiple genres which include tales about magical foods, social media, and colorism. In her spare time, she hosts the “Black Girls Talk Sports Podcast.” Gibson resides in Virginia.

“Neo-Nero Fiddles” by Maura Alia Badji

Neo-Nero Fiddles

I.
The Arctic is on fire
melting
bones
Politicians
drone
Melting
glaciers
Starving
nature
Melting
The Arctic is on fire

II.
The Amazon is on fire
Genocide
Global
lungs
ablaze
Genocide
politics
Indigenous
rage
Genocide
The Amazon is on fire

Maura Alia Badji
9/21/2019

Maura Alia Badji is a poet/writer/ESL teacher.  Her writing has appeared in Aeolian HarpThe Delaware Review, Pirene’s Fountain, The Buffalo NewsThe Phoenix Soul, Liberated Muse, Cobalt, The Wise Woman, WELTER, The Good Men Project, This City Is a Poem, Barely South Review, and many other notable journals.  Maura lives in Virginia Beach, with her son, Ibrahim.

“I Miss the Wind” by Sanjyokta Deshmukh


I Miss the Wind

Childhood went by so fast like
wind-
whistles
past
me.
Wind.
Must
have
been.
Wind,
so fast like childhood, went by.

Sanjyokta Deshmukh
8/26/2019

Sanjyokta (Yukta) Deshmukh is a British-Indian writer currently studying a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing in the United Kingdoms. She predominantly writes poetry, but is actively trying to expand her literary arsenal and experiment with genre. Her writing often attempts to understand the world around her as she enters adulthood.

“Fvck You Dan” by Regina Guarino

Fvck You Dan

The night the lights went out
Fist
in
the
wall
Fist
in
my
face
Fist
Went out, the lights, the night

Regina Guarino
7/31/2019

Regina Guarino is the author of Words Matter: Prayers to Heal a Feminist Soul. Stockton University’s Shore Thing Writing Getaway, for which she was a scholarship recipient, inspired these poems. Regina Guarino has been teaching English as a Second Language for many years in Wilmington, Delaware.

“UnSkinny Legend” by Aerik Francis

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UnSkinny Legend

I AM A FAT LEGEND
OVERFLOWING
ROLLS
BREASTS
THIGHS
OVERFLOWING
MEALS
CLOTHING
PRIDE
OVERFLOWING
FAT, I AM A LEGEND

Aerik Francis
7/27/2019

Aerik Francis is Queer Black & Latinx poet born, raised, and based in Denver, Colorado, USA. He was awarded the 2019 Amiri Baraka Scholarship for SWP at Naropa University, is a Winter Tangerine Workshop alum, and has had his work published in Spit Poet Zine.

“Jump” by Regina Guarino

Jump

Double Dutch, swing in rhythm
jump
one-way
street
narrow
jump
sidewalk
cracks
jagged
jump
in rhythm, swing Double Dutch

Regina Guarino
7/31/2019

Regina Guarino is the author of Words Matter: Prayers to Heal a Feminist Soul. Stockton University’s Shore Thing Writing Getaway, for which she was a scholarship recipient, inspired these poems. Regina Guarino has been teaching English as a Second Language for many years in Wilmington, Delaware.

“U.S. Treasure(y)” by Kara Provost

U.S. Treasure(y)

Out of many, one—our currency reads.
Tender
bodies
aren’t
illegal
tender—
lives
worth
treating
tender.
Read our currency: out of many, one.

Kara Provost
8/1/2019

Kara Provost has published two chapbooks, Topless (Main Street Rag) and Nests (Finishing Line), and six microchapbooks with the Origami Poems project. Her poems appear in literary journals and a number of anthologies, including Credo: Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative WritingNuclear Impact: Shattered Atoms in Our Hands; and Shifts: Women’s Growth through Change. Provost teaches writing at Curry College and lives in Rhode Island.

“Bullet Points” by Gregory Luce

Bullet Points

For your thoughts and prayers
bullets
fly
backwards
spent
bullets
become
whole
cold
bullets
for your thoughts and prayers.

Your thoughts and prayers
for
bullets
pounded
flat
for
making
lead
pennies
for
your thoughts and prayers.

Gregory Luce
8/7/2019

Gregory Luce, author of Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications), Drinking Weather(Finishing Line Press), Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications), and Tile (Finishing Line Press), has published widely in print and online. He is a native Texan and the 2014 Larry Neal Award winner for adult poetry, given by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He is retired from National Geographic, works as a volunteer writing tutor/mentor for 826DC, and lives in Arlington, VA.

“We Who Navigate Worlds” by Rashida James-Saadiya

We Who Navigate Worlds

Black women are breathing stars
traveling
backward
beyond
history
traveling
forward
to
Nebula
traveling
stars are Black women breathing

Rashida James-Saadiya
8/1/2019

Rashida James-Saadiya is a writer and cultural educator. Her work explores spirituality, identity, and the transmission of cultural memory through storytelling amongst Black women. In addition, she is the Arts & Culture Editor for Sapelo Square, a digital hub documenting the experience and legacy of Black Muslims in America.

Rashida James-Saadiya shares her narrative photographic work “Betraying the Spectacle” which highlights the intersections of blackness, spirituality and creative resistance in the lives of Black Muslim women living and working in the American South. Rashida James-Saadiya is a visual artist, writer, and cultural educator invested in transforming social perceptions through creative literature. This presentation is sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies.

“July” by Naomi Thiers

July

What grows in heat:
lassitude,
blowsy
magnolias,
confusing
lassitude
with
comfort. . .
honeysuckle,
lassitude,
growing in the heat.

Naomi Thiers
7/25/2019

Naomi Thiers is the author of three poetry collections: Only The Raw Hands Are Heaven (WWPH), In Yolo County, and She Was a Cathedral (both Finishing Line Press.) Her poems and fiction have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Colorado Review, Sojourners, and many others. Former editor of Phoebe, she works as an editor for Educational Leadership magazine and lives in a condo on the banks of Four Mile Run in Arlington, VA.

“Reluctant Martyrs” by Bill A. Marable

Reluctant Martyrs
(after Isha Sesay)

Held ‘Beneath the Tamarind Tree’
Girls
Nigerian
stolen
trapped
Girls
walls
of
branches
Girls
held ‘Beneath the Tamarind Tree’

Bill A. Marable
7/8/2019

Bill A. Marable, 56, has been a lover of poetry since elementary school and began writing poetry in junior high. He resides in Jackson, TN., where he is the publisher of the CrimeSEEN Examiner Newspaper. Marable is a founding member and current president of the board of directors of The Griot Collective of West Tennessee, a nonprofit poetry workshop.

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Note: This Skinny addresses the 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria by the Boko Haram terrorist group. It also references the book by Isha Sesay, Beneath the Tamarind Tree, which documents the mass abduction. Sesay is a former CNN broadcaster and now a Child Rights activist. As of this publication, well over 100 of the kidnapped girls remain unaccounted for.

 

“And the Train Went On” by Annie Ma

And the Train Went On

Two boys holding hands
hands
on
the
train
hands
and
punches
bloody
hands
Two hands holding boys

Annie Ma
7/3/2019

Annie Ma is a high school senior at The Harker School, where she is a co-editor-in-chief of the literary magazine. Her poetry has won several Scholastic Writing Awards. She is the president of Book Bank (www.bookbank.org), which serves underprivileged communities by distributing free books to K-8 school children.

“Hour Glass” by Suzanne Cottrell

Hour Glass

A life with cancer
measured
chemo
treatments
days
measured
by
bedside
farewells
measured
Cancer with a life

Suzanne Cottrell
7/7/2019

Suzanne Cottrell lives with her husband and three dogs in rural Piedmont, North Carolina.  An outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, she enjoys reading, writing, knitting, hiking, and Pilates.  Her poetry has appeared in journals such as The Avocet, Haiku Journal, Poetry Quarterly, The Remembered Arts Journal and Burningword Literary Journal.

“Syria” by Kara Provost

Syria

The dry map bleeds—
tears
like
swollen
rivers
tear
mountains,
cities,
homes.
Tears
bleed the map dry.

Our hearts torn from this land
restitched,
ripped
ragged
again.
Restitch
us,
cartographer,
surgeon—
restitch
this land torn from our hearts.

Kara Provost
7/9/2019

Note: Since Bashar al-Assad took power in 2011, estimates suggest over 500,000 Syrians have been killed (The New York Times, April 13, 2018), more than 6.1 million are internal refugees, and 5.7 million have fled the country (CNN.com, April 9, 2019).

Kara Provost has published two chapbooks, Topless (Main Street Rag) and Nests (Finishing Line), and six microchapbooks with the Origami Poems project. Her poems appear in literary journals and a number of anthologies, including Credo: Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing; Nuclear Impact: Shattered Atoms in Our Hands; and Shifts: Women’s Growth through Change. Provost teaches writing at Curry College and lives in Rhode Island.

“Artifacts” by Jimmie Smith, Jr.

Artifacts

Black men are becoming sunlit
fossils
within
concrete
exhumed
fossils
appear
naked
crumbled
fossils
are becoming sunlit Black men

Jimmie Smith, Jr.
7/6/2019

Jimmie Smith, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan, but he currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. He has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Chicago State University. His work has previously been published in The Overground Railroad Volume 1. He works as an English/Writing tutor, and he is also a freelance sports announcer.

“Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer” by Tara Betts

Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer

Janet lies on the floor
plays
Stevie,
recites
poems,
plays
grief
as
notes
play.
Janet lies on the floor.

Tara Betts
7/4/2019


Photo courtesy of Glitter Guts

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. She’s a co-editor of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and editor of the critical edition of Philippa Duke Schuyler’s memoir Adventures in Black and White. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

 

“Dead Beat” by Frank Thomas Rosen

Dead Beat

One more hit
punk
hugs
father
wrench
punk
banging
electric
wall
punk
Hit, once more

Frank Thomas Rosen
6/24/2019

Frank Thomas Rosen, an immigrant from East-Germany, is a nurse practitioner, former English teacher, and writer based in Ohio. He moved to the United States in 1997. After earning his BA and MA in English and TESL, he taught English and ESL at universities and community colleges in Northeast Ohio for over ten years.  In his poems, he addresses recurring themes of sociopolitical injustice, cross-cultural struggle, and civil rights. He has published one book of poetry: scratches (2003), German-English. His second book, auschwitz of the digital age and other poems, will be forthcoming on Cherry Castle Publishing in November of 2019. The Skinny format provides an excellent framework for Rosen’s minimalist style.

“Business” by Patrick Cabello Hansel

Business

Trafficking of girls, and boys
Merchandise
Skin
Organs
Teeth
Merchandise
Knives
Kisses
Names
Merchandise
Of girls, boys, and trafficking

Patrick Cabello Hansel
6/24/2019

Patrick Cabello Hansel is the author of the poetry collection entitled The Devouring Land (Main Street Rag). He has poems and prose published in over 60 anthologies and literary journals. He blogs about his passion for beauty and justice at http://www.spiritwound.blogspot.com

“A woman’s world” and “Alabama, what have you done?” by Madeleine Voth

A woman’s world

you were her first
took
that
away
you
took
her
purity
you
took
first you were hers

***

Alabama, what have you done?
women’s
lives
forever
changed
women’s
bodies
not
a
woman’s
what have you done, Alabama?

Madeleine Voth
6/13/2019

Madeleine Voth is a third generation Washingtonian from Northwest Washington, D.C. She graduates from the Literary Media and Communications Department of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 2021. Madeleine is a writer and filmmaker.

This poem was generated from poet Derrick Weston Brown’s ever-inventive and noble creative writing class at Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Triple dap to the good Mr. Brown for teaching the form and helping to spread the skinny on the Skinny.