One Stanza of a Poem Followed by Daydreaming

by J.R. Solonche

I sit at my desk under the window
reading the poems of Su Tung-p’o.
You play Schumann at the piano.
Emily runs up & down the hall. Continue reading

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Swirling

by Yuan Changming

Among the seven colors
Of the paint, the painting
Gives rise to a swirl
Turning fast enough
To send you up to a little cloud
Like an eagle gliding through
The serenity of autumn sky Continue reading

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Navigating Dark

by Jonathan Louis Duckworth

Dense fog over the Norman coast.
Low sound of a ship’s horn,
like a husky man who groans
to keep himself from nodding off. Continue reading

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When Billy Weaver Was Killed by a Shark

(Oahu, Hawai`i, December 13, 1958)
by Alicia Potee

There were three mats, three boards, six boys—tangled red,
green, and royal blue stripes. Two bobbed in repose along the lap

of a sailless skiff, one stiff plank propped like an outstretched pair
of bleached balsa arms—its primitive cross signaling stop, go,

the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. The others pearled,
aimless beneath the December sun, at the mercy of broken

waves. One fell behind, resurfaced pale-faced between
Na Mokulua with a feeble cry, the frantic paddle Continue reading

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Vieques

by Devan Del Conte

The ferry chugged away from the coast of San Juan, and the captain’s voice came over the PA system: they would arrive in forty-five minutes. Leslie and Alec were on their way to the island of Vieques.

Alec scooted back on the slick plastic chair, trying to ease the ache in his lower back. He edged away from Leslie and shrugged his shoulder. The ferry smelled faintly of gas. The chairs were bolted in a series of long blue rows that reminded Alec of his middle school cafeteria. Leslie clutched his arm, moaning complaints about her nausea. This was the moment Alec knew for sure: he did not love her. Continue reading

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