Hope Measured in Inches
Mama had to mostly trust Jesus with the garden,
due to unreasonable water rates.
The summer drought had her tomatoes on the brink,
the rain-gauge dry as desert sand,
and empty of all but expectation.
Day by day the hope of rain,
has Mama hobbling in the heat,
bad back yet efforts undeterred,
a few precious cups to keep alive
what arid luck has failed to sustain.
“Gardening lets me measure hope in inches” Mama says.
Smiling in faith under her “outdoor church” hat.
She ignores the weather-man’s dreary prophecy
and eagerly awaits,
a Pentecost of water.
Marcia Arrieta is a poet & artist & teacher, who dreams of having a farm
with a view to the ocean. Her work appears in Clockwise Cat, Of/with, Fourteen Hills, Moss Trill, Wicked Alice, Eratio, Posit, Rivet, Stoneboat, Altpoetics,
and Great Weather for Media. The author of two poetry books: archipelago counterpoint (BlazeVOX 2015) and triskelion, tiger moth, tangram, thyme (Otoliths 2011), she edits and publishes Indefinite Space, a poetry/art journal.
Marcia says of her poems, "The work represents small moments in time."
The Edge Of
Richard Baldasty last appeared in Shuf 5 ("YES Vertical"). He lives in Spokane in eastern Washington state, tweets on Twitter @2kurtryder, sings along with Shakira videos on YouTube.
Richard says, "I'm working within self-imposed limits on poems that can be constructed from words and phrases cut from mass market magazines and "illustrated" by images I make in collage then digitally alter using Microsoft Picture Manager."
King and Queen
But I'm Often Wrong
Aaron Bauer is a Pushcart-nominated poet and educator living in Colorado. He received his MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His work has appeared in Prism Review, Poemeleon and others. His chapbook Colloquy of Sparrows was published Blue Lyre Press. His website is aaronmbauer.wordpress.com.
Aaron says, "These three pieces are part of an altered book made from an old edition of Leaves of Grass."
Joel Chace has published work in print and electronic magazines such as,
The Tip of the Knife, Counterexample Poetics, OR, Country Music,
Infinity's Kitchen, and Jacket. Most recent collections include
Sharpsburg, from Cy Gist Press, Blake's Tree, from
Blue & Yellow Dog Press, Whole Cloth, from Avantacular Press,
Red Power, from Quarter After Press, Kansoz, from Knives, Forks,
and Spoons Press, and Web Too, from Tonerworks.
Joel says, "...I have been a working jazz pianist for four decades. What triggered the pieces in "Culled Rain" was my stumbling upon a photographic image of a handwritten chart, by John Coltraine, of his composition, "A Love Supreme." I then proceeded to collect similar images of musical manuscripts created by other jazz muscians as well as composers from other musical genres. The 40 some collages that resulted are attempts to meld the visual and textual and to create a series of dialogues amont the various gathered images. The title, "Culled Rain" is a transformation of "Coltrane".
Selections from Culled Rain 1, 2, 3
My name is Bill DiMichele. I’m originally from Pennsylvania, and I attended Bucknell University, earning my degree in Fine Arts. My work runs the gamut from abstract painting to realistic sketching, from graffiti to sculpture, from collage to poetry/haiku. I was co-editor of Score, and am currently editing Tip of the Knife, a visual poetry magazine. I’ve been published in innumerable small press and e press magazines, Xexoxial, Runaway Spoon, Malthus Press, Tonerworks, Angel House Press, Otoliths, Malthus Press, The Last Vispo, Cricket Online Review, etc.
Bill says, "These visual poetry works are part of a larger series call 'Bilocations'. The pieces are created by passing one layer of Letraset Rub-On letters over another, allowing multiple interpretations."
Alex Duensing. Graduate of William Paterson and Columbia? Yes. Ran for St. Petersburg, FL City Council? Yes. Won? No. Stopped Mayan Apocalypse on rooftop with performance art? Yup. Strange but nice fellow? Clearly. Able to create mechanical engines that run completely on the energy a person creates while appreciating a painting? On delightful rare occasions.
Alex says, "This should fix the brains of our countryfolks! So, please publish it for the national security!"
Knowing about other pictures.
David Felix is an English visual poet who lives in Denmark. For over fifty years his writing has taken on a variety of forms, in collage, three dimensions, in galleries, festival performances and video and in over twenty publications worldwide. Born into a family of artists, magicians and tailors, he still has the ability to lay down a wash, put one water balloon inside another and adjust the hem on a raincoat.
David told us that he, "delights in collected letterforms - everything from Phoenician scripts to fonts from the 1900s blended with for example, his own hand-drawn alphabets, graffiti, Shaker gift drawings. We can do anything we want to..."
The this of yes
Donovan Hufnagle is a father of three, a husband, and a professor of English and Humanities. He moved from Southern California to Arizona to Fort Worth. His recent writings have appeared in Americana Popular Culture Magazine, Carbon Culture, Amarillo Bay, Borderlands, Tattoo Highway, The New York Quarterly, Rougarou, and others.
Donovan says, "These three “docupoems” are from a manuscript entitled, A Book of Shadows from Flint Michigan; the titles and italics are from the Gardnerian Book of Shadows, the sacred text of the Wicca Religion, and the all caps are from the transcripts of a class action suit from the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan."
The Eightfold Way
To Help the Sick
Glenn Ingersoll works for the Berkeley Public Library where he hosts the Clearly Meant reading series. He maintains the blog Dare I Read? and has two chapbooks, City Walks (Broken Boulder) and Fact (Avantacular).
The Green Story
Cynthia Juniper, a Midwest farmer’s daughter, came to Texas to study sociology at the Texas Woman’s University and is currently a social science researcher at the LBJ School at UT Austin. She found her home in the Hill Country where she lives and writes with her husband, daughter, two cats and a rat. She has been published in the Literati Quarterly, di-verse-city Anthology, Texas Poetry Calendar and other anthologies and newsletters. Cynthia has a hammock in her back yard strategically placed under the open sky so she can star gaze and imagine.
Cynthia says, "I am a finder of things, money on sidewalks, fossils in piles of dirt, once I found a seiko watch on the limestone steps of Travis county courthouse in Austin, TX. I glued the watch to the dashboard of my Toyota Starlet. Sometimes, I find meaning in words."
Bellingham, Washington, freelance writer, artist and poet J.I. Kleinberg works and plays with words. Her found-word collages, from a growing series of more than 1,200, have been accepted or appeared recently in Diagram, Hedgerow, Otoliths, Yew Journal, Shadowgraph, Atlas & Alice, Truck, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts and elsewhere.
She says, "These found poems explore themes that inform the substance of my life—light, language, love, physical presence—and the places they intersect. By their very nature, the poems also acknowledge and incorporate accident and surprise. I do not set out to find particular words, but discover them on the magazine page, where the words within each chunk of text (the approximate equivalent of a line of poetry) are related only by physical proximity, not by their intended sense or syntax. "
floating in the catacombs
Leonard Kogan lives and works in Baltimore, MD. The compositional structure in his works represents fragmentary set-stages, painterly encounters of bodies and organisms. Kogan’s works are synthesis of ubiquitous, trivial, marginal and dislocated. The paintings are saturated with associative flashbacks, emotional and social references. The coloristic spectrum of Kogan’ works are stretches from impressionistic and melodramatic palette to lurid and psychedelic hues. Leonard’s works has been featured in a number of literary and art magazines.
Untitled 1, 2, 3
Joe Marchia is a writer and multi-media artist. His chapbook, Like Movies, was published in 2015.
Joe says, ""Even Magic Can Be Learned" is an experimental poem in audio form with music I composed."
Even Magic Can Be Learned
Stephen McClurg teaches and writes in Birmingham, Alabama. He's currently writing Test Prep, a companion to The Terror Test, a podcast about horror movies available at Eunoia Solstice.
He says, "Zen Circle or Dick Grayson's Dream of the Life Cycle" and "Solve for y" are part of a series of alphabet poems I've been writing on and off for a few years. My goals are to find a form that fits a concept for each letter. I try to go with my first instinct or relationship to the letter. For "z" "zoinks" was the first word that came to mind, which led me to comic book sounds. "Zen Circle" is obvious, but transfers to many circular images and concepts.
For "y" the first relationship I had in mind was "y" as an unknown quantity. I then wanted to use that idea and build a proof or truth table that "solves" the poem. For example, a line could read "Yesterday yawns. Yeats yowls." Or "yin and yodels and ymir and yips." Read aloud, readers could read as y1 and y2 and create the poem aloud together. "
Zen Circle or Dick Grayson's Dream of the Life Cycle
Solve for y
Robinia McKenna lives in Scotland and studies English.
She says, "I am fascinated with social history as viewed through pop music trends. 'Of Summer' is a study of one of the most frequently used words in song titles, narrowed on the heady Summer of Love. 'Boom XY' is an examination of Number 1 hits beginning with the word "I" - and seeing how prevalent it becomes over the different generations."
Boom X Y
Cara Murray Ricks
Cara Murray Ricks often writes about environmental policy and climate justice, but not always. Most recently her poetry appears in the collection "Systemic Crises: Race, Class, Gender and Global Climate Change" (Routledge, 2016).
She says, "In this series, I am interested in using some elements of omission and obfuscation to create meaning. I also am interested in exploring the reader/writer, audience/creator relationship. "
whatever you want
Tony Oggenfuss am a surrealist photographer/visual artist from Zurich Switzerland and reside in the U.S. Tony’s current work investigates the effects of applying motion to still frame cameras while the picture is being captured. Tony’s photos depict many things but most can be viewed from 2 different points; Perspectives of Being In Motion and Perspectives of Observing Motion As a freelance photographer Tony’s almost always outdoors averaging 2000 photos a week and Tony draws every day. https://photomotion7.wordpress.com/
Tony says, "Photographing Motion from the cameras perspective of moving around the subject instead of subject moving around the camera, basically reversed light painting. I use motion to uncover a surreal worlds that exist within reality. These photos are transformed by motion and some are cosmetically altered because working with motion can make certain pieces too busy."
Hello! My name is Elise Peregrin. I am an aspiring writer and artist. I blend poetry and simple artwork together to form a subtle but blatant message. I love the vagueness poetry allows for, and visual art can add a layer of meaning to anything! Multiple layers, actually. It's all an experiment and it's all a challenge for me!
Elise says, "This poem was inspired by System of a Down's "Holy Mountains", and conveys the sadness of violent loss, and the effect it can have on those around it. But, it's really all up for interpretation. "
Thine Enemy, the Mountain
Joseph S. Pete
Joseph S. Pete is an award-winning journalist and Iraq War veteran who was named Baconfest Chicago 2016 poet laureate, a feat Chaucer never accomplished. The Indiana University graduate's work has appeared in Dogzplot, Zero Dark Thirty, Line of Advance, The Five-Two, Punchnel's, Flash Fiction Magazine, Chicago Literati, 365 Tomorrows and elsewhere. He was born, etcetera.
He says, "Inspired by the Mountain Goats song "No Children," this piece attempts to explore the relationship between art and the emotion it elicits and how music can become mood. The poem is overlaid over the blurry palimpsest of the song lyrics in an effort to evoke influence in the creative process, and how artists recycle the art they consume into something new."
Our Few Remaining Friends
Winston Plowes lives aboard his floating home in Calderdale with his lucky black cat, Fatty. He teaches creative writing and was Poet in Residence for The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2012-14. His collection of surrealist poetry Telephones, Love Hearts & Jellyfish was published this spring by Electric Press.
Winston says, " Finding Frank is a series of wordscapes in a grid format. All pieces are generated using a cut and paste technique where word strings and individual words were harvested from users family and friend stories on the drug information website 'FRANK'
http://www.talktofrank.com/ They are stark and deliberately difficult to access, there are many gaps in the arrays and the word strings cannot be easily scanned. There is no particular order to the lines. They are confused worlds without rules and the reader must make of them what they will.
Finding FRANK 1, 2, 3, 4
Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. Cindy is the author of several books. She is a founding member of PoetrIE, a literary community and a finalist for the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Prize poetry book competition. Her poetry appeared or is forthcoming in Sea Foam Magazine, Blue Heron Review, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Driftwood Press, The Honest Ulsterman (Northern Ireland), The Whirlwind Review, Birds Piled Loosely, and others.
She says she is "Going off the page with collage, color, and forms. Dealing with cancer in the erasure of the lost and found, looking at how citrus groves are lost and my own memories, and a found poem of relationships and not fitting in."
L.A. Riquez (with Malinda Prudhomme)
L.A. Riquez is a 20 something writer who has always had a passion for creativity. L.A.'s background includes performance poetry, a couple of album features and academic writing (transcripts, copy, proofreading). L.A. has a love for travels, culinary arts, culture and surrealism.
L.A. says, "Wanderlustful' is a poem that visually and lyrically describes the bittersweet sensation of the bliss encountered when travelling and the yearning when stationary.
A.J. Rocca with Micah Tuhy
Poem and Reading by Micah Tuhy: Micah is a teacher and a student hailing from Peoria, Illinois. He is currently pursuing an MA in English from Western Illinois University, and in his free time he can usually be found online sharpening his chess game. Micah is very Catholic, and his poetry often meditates on spiritual themes as they come squeezing through the mesh of everyday life; He claims to have met Jesus at the local pub and thinks hell comes packaged in the unopened ketchup packets at the bottom of a McDonald's bag. If you'd like to contact Micah about his poetry, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Music and Audio by A.J. Rocca: AJ is an alumnus of Western Illinois University and a fervent disciple of the three Rs: Reading, writing, and running...he dropped math class for track. He is also a passable musician, and he likes to watch cartoons. You can email him at email@example.com
Hope Measured in Inches
Clay Thistleton studied English at the Australian National University and holds a first class honours degree in literary studies and creative writing from Deakin University. Clay taught in the English Literatures Program at the University of Wollongong’s Bega Campus from 2001 to 2012 – where he was a foundation member of the Bega Education Centre Colloquy of Research Scholars (BECCORS). Clay was a creative writing tutor at the Far South Coast Community College from 2009 until its closure and returned to teaching his popular creative writing courses through Adult Education South Coast (Eurobodalla Adult Education Centre) in 2013. In 2011, following the award of an Australian Government APA scholarship for his project ‘Cutting the Lace’ (incorporating the plays 'Cutting the Lace' and 'The Bravest Tongue'), Clay commenced PhD research by creative practice within the Theatre Studies Program at the University of New England in the area of Australian pseudo-Shakespearean blank verse drama. Clay is also completing postgraduate qualifications in Education at Southern Cross University. Clay is a published poet, a performed playwright and a prize-winning literary critic who, along with his son Dylan, lives in the Bega Valley (New South Wales, Australia) with a fluctuating number of feral cats
A Poltergeist That Used Facebook
Lorna Wood is a violinist and writer in Auburn, Alabama, with a Ph.D. in English from Yale. She was the featured poet in issue 2 of Experimementos, and a finalist in the 2016 Neoverse Short Story Writing Competition and the Sharkpack Poetry Review’s Valus’ Sigil competition. Lorna's work has appeared in Dark Magic (Owl Hollow Press), No Extra Words (podcast), Deadman’s Tome, Wild Violet, These Fragile Lilacs, Cacti Fur, Birds Piled Loosely, Every Writer, Blue Monday Review, and Untitled, with Passengers. She is Associate Editor for Gemini Magazine.
She says, "Drawing inspiration from Andy Warhol's soup cans, I wrote six poems based on words and parts of words from cans, read top to bottom and front to back. The first three appeared in Experimementos, issue 2. ShufPoetry's call for multimedia experimentation inspired me to gussy these up. I used a vocal background track to clarify the associations between cat food and porn in "Can 4," a photograph to deepen the lyricism of "Can 5," and graphic typography to reveal the political relevance of the whimsical "Can 6."
Can 4, 5, 6