Synchronized Chaos June 2015: Waiting and Watching

This month’s writers show us protagonists who consider, and reflect upon the action around them. Joan Beebe’s poetic speaker watches a thunderstorm from her window. Safe inside, she can observe the spectacle with wonder and excitement. G.K. Brannen’s piece voices an old-style lament inspired by a roadside memorial for people who died in an accident. […]

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Poetry from G.K. Brannen

  Sing a Lament at Poor Robin by G. K. Brannen Ah, Poor Robin – what beholds this trek? As we pass, do we sing a song of joy; an ode to mourn; perhaps a dirge would better suite our needs? This road of dust winding between the pine, the scrub oak seeking the river’s […]

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Elizabeth Hughes’ Book Periscope

Charles Schneider’s The Vale of Years The Vale of Years starts where Portrait left off. Nicole is now in modern day Paris and Susanne Bruante is in 1800’s Paris. She is found by Nicole’s mother in Nicole’s small apt. battered and bruised from coming through the portal. Nicole’s mother brings Susanne to her house and Nicole’s […]

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Poetry from Joan Beebe

STORMS Suddenly it seems so quiet.  The birds have stopped chirping, No longer do you hear the rustling breeze through the trees. Now we notice the sun is slowly fading and quickly Darkness enfolds us in its eerie and encompassing determination. Everyone is wondering when suddenly a thunderous boom is heard and Streaks of bright […]

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Poetry from Patrick Ward

BOTTLED FLAMES There’s a bottle, filled with, explosive flames It starts with a flicker, then it ends with an eruption. And so it goes with the mind, and the emotions. The emotions fill, the mind with anger, until the point of unhappy expression. There’s no way, to escape, the mind, and the emotions, are like, […]

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Poetry from Timothy Drake

i i am out and the hole world comes crashing through the viscera the window the pain streaked on the walls whose virgin white reminds me of you reminds me of ghost until day until night i remain in the stasis in the tumult in the faceless crowd unblinking undulating breathing talking wordless i remember […]

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Essay from Christopher Bernard

Toward an Ecological Civilization: A Manifesto for the 21st Century By Christopher Bernard I am no moral authority—am neither a rabbi nor an imam, a minister nor a pope. But, as an average straight older European American male, I am deeply concerned about a future I may see only the dark, leading edge of, but […]

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