Every day’s a Tuesday here
she was dancing with ganesh
I just had him on a T-shirt
stones went slipping into the lake
a ramshackle cocoon boomed
the lake on fire
replacing ‘I am’ with space
in the end, they bite just the same
the moon gibboussing
the monk walking through in his
squeezed & pleased
a vector of sounds
instead of sights
ducts to ducks
vapour pouring off the underworld
what would be smoke now stilled
the fairy stock, the pixie carnations
little blue irises
please the teacher
a pundit for cosmogeneity
crosses on all fours
doesn’t get his knees wet
a paucity of deal-breakers
hands in the ruck
he wore knee pads
under his onesie
no harm in looking after yourself
in the rocky clouds
Where everything revolves around you
or, an egoid of poets
surfboard stuck upright in the sands
like a gravestone
for the living
Every day’s a Tuesday here
Owen Bullock’s books include Summer Haiku (Recent Work Press, 2019), Work & Play (Recent Work Press, 2017), and Semi (Puncher & Wattmann, 2017). He has a new chapbook forthcoming from Beir Bua Press in 2022. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. https://poetry-in-process.com/
THIS IS THE FIELD
this is not the field
for truth to grow in.
its furrowed lips are sealed
nothing can sing
in the wrong wind.
the crop is stunted
and head sagged
waiting for the final blow
from the farmer’s shadow.
the field hands
cut to His commands
and every leathered face
has served in its place
like all the others, for centuries
in these peasant penitentiaries,
in union, except for Loveless’s Tolpuddle few,
who knew what to do
but were jailed, or transported
this is the field
to refuse to yield
in. at Peterloo, sabres slit gullets,
and now, tear gas and rubber bullets,
try to abolish workers’ rights,
but our solidarity is stronger and fights.
Strider Marcus Jones – is a poet, law graduate and former civil servant from Salford, England with proud Celtic roots in Ireland and Wales. He is the editor and publisher of Lothlorien Poetry Journal https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/. A member of The Poetry Society, his five published books of poetry https://stridermarcusjonespoetry.wordpress.com/ reveal a maverick, moving between cities, playing his saxophone in smoky rooms.
His poetry has been published in over 200 publications including: Dreich Magazine; The Racket Journal; Trouvaille Review; dyst Literary Journal; Impspired Magazine; Melbourne Culture Corner and Literary Yard Journal.
Safest Place to Be
far back on a distant street
under currents of crying
a country collapse
no time to pack
slapping faces and rumps
no bullets to pop
which door to yank
wide circling overhead
all directions hopeless
I stand in place
on my cold homeless corner
out in the open
safest place to be
at least for now.
Stephen Jarrell Williams loves to write poetry and draw unusual works of dreams.
He can be found on Twitter @papapoet.
In the Bitcoin Era
The cavalry approaches — or is
it Calvary. I get mixed up when
people are bellicose around the
time of religious festivals. Ponti-
fication. Fits both alternatives. A
Pope in jodhpurs, ready to ride off
to meet the Uhlans who are far
closer than anyone was aware,
since the cackling geese, the early
warning system of their time, have
been removed from Rome for
economic reasons. That, & for the
dinner plans of another religious
festival. Elsewhere, & for others,
it is a time of fasting as I watch —
one feed across many YouTube
channels — the minor pilgrimage,
Umrah, the Kaaba circled anti-
clockwise, by a peaceful crowd.
Mark Young has recently had work in BlazeVOX, Die Leere Mitte, Marsh Hawk Review,
Synchronized Chaos, & Hamilton Stone Review. His most recent book, Songs to Come for the
Salamander, Poems 2013-2021, selected & introduced by Thomas Fink, is now available
The trailer park resident
waits at a forever detour for a thank you
from a gated compound privilege.
Suburban and urban dwellers
contribute to the joke butt
by retreading in public canned sitcoms.
Flooring an accelerator
on the extraction principals,
a high roller cartoon character
takes, only, too busy to hail a cab
or to let up on the poor.
Government regulatory administrators
tire while sitting in the emergency vehicle
with four flat tires and a bumper dimple.
The red tape that comes with a legislative bill
doesn’t hold long before private sector
moths eat loopholes for trucks.
And pathways to wealth for clerks exhaust:
Promotion to a hedge fund right hand
wears down shoe leather too
but worth the deadening exercise.
“Trash” piles just off the highway
for the eventual blind sacrifice.
Rich Murphy’s poetry has won The Poetry Prize at Press Americana twice Americana (2013) and The Left Behind (2021) and Gival Press Poetry Prize Voyeur (2008). Space Craft by Wipf and Stock also came out 2021. Books Prophet Voice Now, essays by Common Ground Research Network and Practitioner Joy, poetry by Wipf and Stock 2020. He has published seven other collections of poetry.
Not An Easy Chair
It used to be said
that a hard chair
to curl up
like a cat
in an easy chair.
But some chairs aren’t
or for comfort
or for sitting up
They have a design problem
that is not easy to resolve.
It takes determination,
a palette of positions
and maybe a drink
to find a way.
And some deep thinking
on the matter.
A wind whirls
matters of ultimate
furrow a brow
imagining the life-course
of unknown extras
in the background
black and white
of old movies.
Randall Rogers is a writer from the US Midwest. He is intensely concerned with the little things in life. Makes him tough to live with. Even the plants are rebelling. He prefers ground up to top down. Do not worry of the little people, Randall says, “little folk will survive.” Randall stands 5′ 5″ after double hip replacement surgery. Says Randall “Short people do have a reason to live!” He lives at home with his tall wife and dog. He often intones “height challenged is bliss.”
A FAIR NUMBER
I drank a fair number of beers
While it was still light out
But the sun sure did sink fast
And then it was night.
I kept opening the beers
And then pouring them down
While eating fistfuls of mixed nuts
And reading poetry, listening to music
The way I do
On days that I drink
A fair number of beers
With the sun sinking fast.
The music kept playing
And I began to sing along.
I think I peed at least fifteen times.
I never looked at the clock,
I just kept the radio on
And read all the poems.
Finally, I had had enough –
The beer bottles were all huddled
Together on the corner of the kitchen counter,
Looking bitter and used up
And I’m not sure if I was listening
To Sonny Boy Williamson I
Or Sonny Boy Williamson II.
Before going to bed
I looked out the front door
Just to make sure
And the night was still out there
With all her vivid darkness.
John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals since 2009. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online.
the solo lafarge decoder
I am the salamander in the window well
bacon loves the asphalt
the lasting salad names a wedge
the white eye syndrome of the rockies
the fossilized ornament is the universal laugh
most of the mountain
were you ahead of the light?
J. D. Nelson’s poetry has appeared in many small press publications, worldwide, since 2002. His
poem, “to mask a little bird” was nominated for Best of the Net in 2021. Visit
http://MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. Nelson lives in
Down the hill behind him
shots were again being fired.
Each explosion split a thought
into pieces that drifted in different directions.
He put on earphones then
and turned on native American shamanic drums
and followed their rhythm to a place and time
where everything that happened
was part of the same current
that would lead anyone who followed
to where it
and all else
and came to an end.
Mike Cole has been hunting down poems for over 50 years. He waits and writes and lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. His poems have appeared recently in: Front Porch Review, Tiger Moth Review, Sideways Poetry, Peach Velvet, Diaphanous Micro, and Sublunary Review.