Four Poems by Terrence Sykes

Anchovy Gospel Often the distance between salvation & damnation is merely a few rows of unweeded & unhoed green beans +++ AFTERLIFE I was conceived my mother lay in a cemetery in some forbidden – fragile moment in time I was born my father working graveyard in some forgotten – forsaken nondescript town Perhaps that […]

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WHAT KIND OF HEAVEN WILL YOU FIND ON MARS, poetry by Ace Bogges

  —Peter Cooley, “A Premature Afterlife”   The heaven of silence & heaven of this- equipment-helps-me-breathe—I need all the help I can get, suffering daily Earth- like gravity, fog, political discourse.   The heaven of no-more-presidents.   The heaven of we-can-argue-or-survive— O2 canisters work in mysterious ways.   The heaven of see-my-house-from-here & lovely-spot-for-a funeral. […]

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TWO POEMS by Timothy Dodd

Television Light   In the autumn forest I could not find the screech- owl that night, rotating neck  in the moonlight, the fool’s  gold pupils hunting in the crypt  of darkness. So I headed back  at the usual time, ready for a cup  of tea and the warmth  of furry blankets.  My sister was up, […]

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CHINESE CHARACTERS: LESSON 1 by Yuan Changming

思:  thought takes place        In the field of heart 闷:  depressed when your heart is       Shut behind a door 忍:tolerate with a knife       Right above your heart *** Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, […]

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