“Chimera” by Gregory Luce

Chimera

one or two words
form
voice
articulates
day
form
passes
nothing
said
form
one or two words

one or two
words
rage
against
useless
words
resist
degradation
try
words
one or two

Gregory Luce
5/28/2019

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 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.

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Verses for Veterans Remembered: Matthew Borczon 2019

The soldier adjusts to life with only one arm
can’t
tie
a
tie
can’t
hold
his
child
can’t

adjust to life, the soldier with only one arm.

the Marine woke up without legs
gone
socs
shoes
pants
gone
kneeling
standing
walking
gone
without legs the Marine woke up.

Matthew Borczon
5/21/2019

Matthew Borczon is a writer and navy sailor from Erie, Pa. He has published ten books of Poetry, the most recent, Ghost Highway Blues, is available through Alien Buddha Press. He works as a nurse to developmentally disabled adults and still serves with the Navy Reserves. He publishes widely in the small press. When not writing he and his wife of 23 years raise four children.

“A Fear That Loves” by Zak Atkinson from Duke Ellington School of the Arts

A Fear that Loves

Don’t I fear love
From
Rejection
From
Cowardice
From
Past
Wounds
Re-opened
From
Fear, don’t I love

Zak Atkinson
5/21/2019

Zak Atkinson is a student of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ Literary Media and Communications department’s class of 2022. Alongside writing, he has a long history of musical talent and has played piano at USC in LA in celebration of an accomplished musical assessment.

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

“Wrong Place” by Jim Landwehr

Author’s Note: This poem “references my father’s murder in a bar in St. Paul in 1967, a racially tense time in our country. I feel that poetry can change our world one poem at a time.” – JL

Wrong Place

Life without him
father
children
absent
foundation
father
drinking
racial
murder
father
Him without life

Jim Landwehr
5/13/2019

Jim Landwehr has published three poetry collections Written Life, Reciting From Memory and On A Road. He also has two books, The Portland House: A 70’s Memoir and Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir. He has non-fiction stories published in Boundary Waters Journal, Main Street Rag, MidWest Outdoors Magazine and others. His poetry has been featured in Torrid Literature Journal, Blue Heron Review, Off the Coast Poetry Journal, and many others. Jim lives and works in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For more on his work, visit: http://jimlandwehr.com