Poetry

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Three Poems

Hannah Kimbal lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where she teaches high school. Her poetry first appeared on The Ellen Show. Recent works have appeared in the inaugural issue of Virga Magazine and the Contest Issue of Atlanta Review, in which she was a Finalist and received an International Publication Award. She is pursuing her MFA at…

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Transverse Orientation

Transverse Orientation   To watch moths as a pastime is known as mothing. Nothing is known about what makes one inclined to mother or less inclined to that sort of glow curio. Moth-er with — unexpectedly — the short O of body rather than the O Oh of that longer load zooming in on the…

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Terminal Light

Kenneth Phelps lives in Washington with his wife and three children. He teaches creative writing at a local college and works as a freelance editor and proofreader. These poems are taken from his upcoming collection, Terminal Light.   AFTER THE GALA   When you introduced me as a poet a part of me died; I…

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Sweets for Breakfast

Sweets for Breakfast   Sweets for breakfast, all the crap of the day complete in one convenient sitting like a read-through of some ‘creative writing’ exercise, or speeded-up Dies Irae at one hundred and fifty beats per minute. One day, my beaten heart gives up on it,   packs in: the veins and arteries hardening…

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Three Poems

Charles Rafferty’s twelfth collection of poems is The Smoke of Horses (BOA Editions, 2017). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, O, Oprah Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares, and his stories have appeared in The Southern Review and Per Contra. His story collection is Saturday Night at Magellan’s. He has won the 2016 NANO…

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Two Poems

George Hayles was born in Manchester in 1980. He has taught in South Korea, Japan and Mozambique. His poetry has been published in The Frogmore Papers, Cicero, Trans-Capita, and several other journals in the UK and United States. Five years ago he moved to Galway to teach English. He is currently working on his first…

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth   You look out windows wearing purple and blue— complicated and uncomplicated. My words grow quietly, pampered and symmetrical like snowballs I will throw at you. But, for now, we work— our silences rocking together like sleeping cats. .

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Tap Water

Tap Water   Cool drink of water from the kitchen sink at midnight, faucet turned as the rain comes down— through the window car lights reveal the latest wild cat running from under the porch. It’s been so dry for so long and now this— another drink, replacing of glass, closing of cabinet, then back to…

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Robert the Painter

Leontia Flynn is the author of three collections of poetry. Her most recent, Profit and Loss, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her work has received many accolades including an Eric Gregory Award, the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. She lives in Belfast where she…

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Sacrifice

SACRIFICE   I don’t want to die and go to Hell but then I don’t want to die at all and not even for Heaven, where, Miss Hooker says, I should want to live when I’m dead, my soul she means, my body will just turn to dust she says, but I think at first…

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A Particular Friendship

Medbh McGuckian was born in Belfast in 1950. She studied at Queen’s University, earning a BA and MA, and was later appointed the institution’s first female writer-in-residence. She has won the National Poetry Competition, The Cheltenham Award, The Rooney Prize, the Bass Ireland Award for Literature, the Denis Devlin Award, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize…

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The Tipping Line

This is an extract from a longer poem still in progress, ‘The Tipping Line’, written to the son of my friends Ken and Jane Vickers. Rowan studied drama at Julliard and is now acting professionally in New York. Earlier sections of the poem reference WWI veteran James Whale who found fame in 1928 directing R…

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St William and the Ghost

Tom Brody lives in Beijing, where he runs a small school teaching English as a second language. In 2015 he travelled to the Antarctic as part of a research team of botanists, geological engineers and artists to study the effects of climate change on marine species, inspiring a documentary and collection of essays entitled Coulee….