Drift Bottle Prose Poems

Drift Bottle / Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomastern/12407730413/ Infomastern

A Bottled Message I thought it was strange, the first one, mottled blue, corked, a paper coil that ticked when shook. It looks old, you said. It didn’t look old to me, a pale ale or soy sauce, something about the grooves on the bottom, something about the pure symmetry of lip, the clarity of glass free from bubble, blemish, nick. The gulls flapped above us. The runners spread … [Read more...]

New poems by Sam Silva

Skagit Farm by Denise Enck

NATUREDarkness or a flickering computer light within are usually a good shield from mental marauders when the fruit is peeled to the fruit's cold core.And the world is molten ash with a warm thin crust hurtling through a huge cold vacuum and a little stellar dustwhich the artists choose to kiss. And a song makes sense to the serious aesthete in terms of … [Read more...]

Two poems by Nick D’Annunzio Jones

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Good Morning, GodAt breakfast, I launch a small pink quasar into a black hole. Minutes later, receptors blocked, serotonin-flooded, my cosmos collapses; heaven-humming, orbiting hypomania, bang – a star is born!I also hear a comet talking: Side-effects include universal love, space dreams, moonwalking; if the urge to produce a paean about astro-pharmacology … [Read more...]

7 new poems by Sam Silva


MY FRIENDS AND I, WE STOLE THE SUMMERMy friends and I, we stole the summer and its rain in stumbling secret conversation about the brilliant ways of the city...all of its joy and all of its pain!In a little room I call my friends and speak of a journey which never ends while they all disappear one by one...and I may be left ...ah what a Pity! to share … [Read more...]

3 Poems by Nate Maxson

Sprngs - D. Enck

Rocket Science We used to send monkeysAhead of human test subjectsBrief astronauts to test the water, blow on the soup before swallowingInto the substance: an evolving arrow with sudden green buds/ atrembleNot from the sky, noBut through it, a sub-audible whistling not for our earsAnimals across the horizon, down below it’s summer with no preparationThe … [Read more...]

Four Poems by George Moore

Huntington Pier / Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bmh4you/84188300/ b r e n t

Huntington PierBig Daddy Ross wakes me at six saying he has moved to Utah as they tear down Huntington Pier and the kids change. No time now for the fine graphic trance that transformed street machines into rods that ran like pure combustion but were better seen as something else simple street icons first signs of a time just outside the law but just, not … [Read more...]

The Best Poetry Books

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Sometimes when I walk I think of verses. And most times they vanish without trail. But there are days where I don't let them go. I recite them out loud to myself constantly as asking them not to leave that everything is fine, that I can nourish them into a beautiful, well... at least meaningful poem. And sometimes they go away all the same. And sometimes they … [Read more...]

Two new poems by Jack Leaf Willetts

Bukowski - Neal Cassady

Letter to Charles BukowskiNo I don’t want to be a goddamn writerfor the most part I wish I were a carpenter or a mechanic I wish I had a skill that folks could use I wish I had a job that paid the bills I wish I did something that folks might appreciate or better still understand I wish I could do something that would make my wife proudNo I don’t want to be a … [Read more...]

5 Poems by Gloria Avner


YOKO AND THE NAKED BOTTOMS I was recruited by a friend in London 1967 a publisher of first edition American poetry a friend of Tony’s her husband (before John) to be in Yoko Ono’s movie she needed asses battalions of bare buttocks the camera would focus on the juncture where thighs cheek bottoms and ass crevice meet to make a moving sign of the cross … [Read more...]