Sunday, March 1, 2015
Cherubim & Seraphim
Mimics the cherubim and seraphim,
the long dry hot season for paper lace.
Armadillo cards fold out with a seam
like the mammal's armor keeping pace,
Linking hand to hand Valentines in a chorus,
finding their strange reality in pulp
Armament, a type of paper for us
to express ourselves outside of Hallmark,
Culprit confederations of change for
Jesus, reading Malachi for a lark,
Hopping alongside accountants for crumbs.
I admit to mine imagery poor.
Immunology is all green thumbs for
angels, when children fly up to heaven.
Beneath the Old Oak Tree
The old oak tree had been there twenty
Runes higher, keeping its secrets hidden.
On weekends, it waited for shepherds,
Nerds too. The romance had been beaten
Courteously out of it. Lovers
Accepted its shade as curtains taking
Retrospective glances back, not confused,
Entangling one another in ruses.
Laura Close was awarded the MFA degree in Creative Writing from George Mason University. She is the author of the manuscript Sound and Sense of Leaves (2010) and T Party (2012), published by iUniverse. Her poems have also appeared in Raga Zine and Jerry Jazz Musician.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
And the Winner is . . .
Scavenger Hunt by Donna Barkman
2nd place goes to . . .
Visitation Tuesday by Denise Weuve
3rd place goes to . . .
Mathematics by Christopher Hivner
This year we had three Honorable Mentions. They are . . .
The Traffic in Old Ladies by Mary Newell
this small rain by Alexis Rhone Fancher
Signs of the Apolcalypse by Terri Simon
To read the winning poems and to see the complete list of finalists go to Kind of a Hurricane's Editor's Choice Contest Site: http://editorschoiceaward.blogspot.com/
Friday, February 27, 2015
If I Close My Eyes I See White Gibbons
So now I'm a human being in the 21st century:
a strange, wild animal in a three-piece suit.
When I was home we discussed Genghis Khan over wine,
how he couldn't give up women even for the monk
whose eyes were pink as the white rabbit's pounding
elixirs of life on the face of the moon.
Part of me remembers water and green growing things.
A shine on the pond where, wet with darkness, caimans slink,
as illiterate as a stone we glided down, hand
over hand, through a history of leaves.
Still now and again you catch it staring upward:
your gibbon-soul, grown tired of time.
Ready to ascend on the directest road it knows:
to drop the ground like a bad idea.
B.T. Joy is a British poet, short fiction writer and educator who is currently teaching English at high school level in Heilongjiang, China. His poetry and prose has appeared in journals, magazines, anthologies, and podcasts worldwide including Uut Poetry, Yuan Yang, The Meadow, Toasted Cheese, Presence, Paper Wasp, Bottle Rockets, Mu, Frogpond, and The Newtowner, among many others. He can be contacted through his website, B.T. Joy Poetry Online (http://btj0005uk.wix.com/btjoypoet) and he regurlarly posts both poetry and visual artwork on his tumblr blog, Turning To Visuals (http://btj0005uk.tumblr.com/)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Life’s [Lack of] Revision
I close my eyes and wish my life
away. I open them to find I have grown
white and tired as expected, but never gathered
by wind, whisked away in attempted regeneration.
I am repulsive
weed, waiting for maintenance
blade to make me modern
I bloom at stroke 12 in shapes
of tears and torture.
Twisting through hours
human eyes should never see. Me,
I breathe their suffocating
Tock, the language
of the forgotten, follows my lips’
rainbow roads, into the deep
er brush. The moon‘s
current nightmaring across the sky.
The Road to Conversation Road
should be two sided,
though often is dominated
by the side that believes
it is right.
gets bumpy, is often
by irrelevant tangents.
is an uphill journey, where
minds and tires spin in place,
in redundancies thicker
is of the greatest intrinsic value
though, sadly, often ends
A.J. Huffman has published eleven solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. Her new poetry collection, Another Blood Jet, is now available from Eldritch Press. She has two more poetry collections forthcoming: A Few Bullets Short of Home, from mgv2>publishing and Degeneration, from Pink. Girl. Ink. She is a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, and has published over 2100 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com
Monday, February 23, 2015
Out Of Body Moment
My television is my only touch point with the worldAblaze with visions all night like a mother’s heartbeat
And as I rest my ear upon her large and ample breasts
It offers warmth and comfort as it glows with a fleshly light
A cookie jar full of visions that pound with the sureness of ocean tides.
An Injection Of Solace
Sacrilegious winter is trapped upon alpine spider websMade of sleep deprived velvet
That is as devastating as Beethoven
In its deteriorating lament that shimmers across
The extension of the sand dunes
Leaving behind a pattern of dulcimers
That are bestowed upon us like snow flakes
Even as all of tonight becomes a labyrinth
Of worship that unbuttons like a game of chess
The red pill or the blue pill
What does it really matter
As all falls into beautiful slices
Of the tell tale rememberer
That rise up like wood smoke
And almost become a ballet as it leaves
Vanishing into November
With a soft sigh that is gently heaved.
Paper Dolls, Bologna Sandwiches And The Sound Of Rain
The delicacies of night are in the process of vanishingAs I scribble mantras in this ant colony that is on the edge of blurring
Sometimes we are lovers sometimes shipwrecks
Up until dawn listening to Zeppelin, The Who and The Stones’ sultry old firecrackers
On the original scratched vinyl that still has the power
To make the starlight’s colors jump in bundles in this city that has no last name.
For the past thirty-five years Ken L. Jones has been a professionally published author who has done everything from writing Donald Duck Comic books to creating things for Freddy Krueger to say in some of his movies. In the last six years he has concentrated on his lifelong ambition of becoming a published poet and he has published widely in all genres of that discipline in books, online, in chapbooks and in several solo collections of poetry.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Almost a day before I have to go to work.
Where will I be in the realm of quiet?
You know and you know and you know.
4 AM: We did not hear the warning sirens.
5 AM: We did not hear the all clear.
6 AM: We did not hear.
7 AM 7 AM 7 AM 7 AM 7 AM
and three hours later,
the great walnut in the yard
broke itself from its bones, leaned
heavily into the building to the left.
The old barn was gone.
The foundation cracked into brickwork.
The foundation cracked into summary.
Three months earlier
no longer knew the way
Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published. His latest works, Firestorm: A Rendering of Torah (Camel Saloon Books on Blogs) and The Katy Trail, Mid-Missouri, 100F Outside and other poems (Barometric Pressures -- A Kind of a Hurricane Press). His work has appeared in The Cafe Review, American Letters and Commentary, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, and others. In addition, he has nine poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004), What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005) and I Was a Teacher Once (Ten Page Press, 2011). He is the editor of First Poems from Viet Nam (2011).
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Wheezing an Ecstasy
another ossified cloud
forelocked shut . . .
wheezing an ecstasy . . .
the astronauts survey
an angel's flake of dust
annihilated all that's made . . .
in existential beige
a soft knock of the hammer?
. . . inside the apricot
a strange gnarled house
dropped a knife
in the Nolichucky . . .
the hills limp to a stop
John W. Sexton lives in the Republic of Ireland and is the author of five poetry collections, the most recent being The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry, 2013). He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTE radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes from 1999 to 2002. Two novels based on the characters from this series have been published by the O'Brien Press: The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed, which have been translated into both Italian and Serbian. He is a past nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem "The Green Owl" won the Listowel Poetry Prize 2007. Also in 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.