Poetry by Michael Swain

Recital to the frost Upon the alters of progress a recital to the frost unrestrained by the gallops of decapitated harmony. Shackled for procreation under bluebirds dumps and sun flower swamps with eyes like dying weeds.  A thousand squirming arms on the faces of dogs that didn’t oblige by the beams of a fading star. Liquid […]

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‘Sweat and Tears’ by Monty J. Heying

Sweat and Tears (for R.H. 1946-2011) January, 1956 I was a boy then, fussing with my tie on a Sunday morning, when Mama Gross grabbed my arm and towed me into the bathroom where no one could overhear. Through gritted teeth, as she fixed my tie, the elderly matron of the Little Boys said, “You’re […]

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Poetry by Simon J. Charlton

UNSUNG – A World of Ghosts and Silent Song – *** The memory of you emerges from the night around me. – Pablo Neruda – *** We listen to the old songs Lose ourselves to their sad refrain The poet’s voice is cracked and raw It is the mirror to our dream’s demise The echo […]

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Paintings by Patrick Marquis

ARTIST’S STATEMENT I am a painter and I use a range of mediums including acrylic, oil, and pastel. However, color and its power to evoke emotion is the defining aspect of my art. For many years, I discovered a rich arena of color in my cityscape work. Night intrigued me the most, as artificial light […]

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Poetry by Andrew Rahal

when the man you don’t know jumps right next to you and you can remember his outline pressed against the swaying bridge tenderly as a cauliflowered ear fried against the world, tonguing foam at the horizon at the seized Chesapeake twilight. So I missed it / something felt bright in the dark noisy ideas slept […]

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