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Darling Thistle
John Grabski

Stark purple flower
Sensual elegant neck
Costly her caress

John Grabski is a runner, writer and poet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming at Unbroken Journal, The Harpoon Review, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Ash & Bones, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Eclectica Magazine and Cyclamens and Swords. Excerpts of his published work can be read at GRABSKIworks.com or find him on Twitter at @GrabskiJohn.




Closure
Krystyna Fedosejevs

Boat we rowed lies still,
fallen leaves dot cabin roof—
Chipmunk sees us leave.

Early Autumn
Krystyna Fedosejevs

From fields, farmers pick
the last of winter squashes.
Cattle feed in barn.

In the Air
Krystyna Fedosejevs

Slow cooker simmers.
We rake lawn, sniffing bouquet
of Beef Burgundy.

Krystyna Fedosejevs writes poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Fiction and poetry recently published online and in journals at: Nailpolish Stories, 50-Word Stories, 100 word story, A Story in 100 Words, 101 Words, From the Depths (Haunted Waters Press), ShortbreadStories and espresso stories. Nonfiction appeared in flash fiction chronicles and in Wild Lands Advocate. Krystyna resides in Alberta, Canada.




Cool Moon
John Hawkhead

her long soft white throat
reflecting back my hot breath
the moon’s rising curve

The Wind and the Rain
John Hawkhead

suddenly the rain
in the middle of the night
she throws back the sheets

Hot Flush
John Hawkhead

thunderstorm downpour
thrashing against the window
her sweat on my lip

John Hawkhead’s haiku, poetry, short stories and short plays have appeared in publications all over the world. He won first prize in the HaikuNow 2013 Traditional Haiku category. John’s book of poetry, illustration and haiku, Witness, is available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon and iTunes.




Advice
Lance Nizami

Fortune-cookie says:
“Don’t trust everything you read”
Confused diner blinks

Delayed
Lance Nizami

her heart aflutter
his call twenty-five years late
at the brink once more

Lance Nizami has no formal training in the Arts. He is active in the world’s most competitive profession, yet without an institutional appointment. He started writing poetry during a long airplane flight in late 2010, and has written much since then in-flight. As of 11 August 2015 he had 168 poems in print or in press (not online), the most recent acceptances being at U.S.1 Worksheets, The Literary Commune, and Fractured Nuance.




Reunion
Patricia Pella

high school reunion
talking of the good old days
as if they really were

Introduction
Patricia Pella

at hospital rounds...
getting to know the woman
I am becoming

Patricia Pella is a retired nurse/clinical social worker, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. She lives and writes in Northern California and has published poetry in a variety of Haiku and Literary Journals.




New Season
Craig W. Steele

wispy clouds adrift
in a clear breeze-rippled sky—
new milkweed season

Autumn Festival
Craig W. Steele

autumn festival—
every pothole repaved
with wet maple leaves

Craig W. Steele resides in the countryside of northwestern Pennsylvania, near Lake Erie. In his quest to become a widely-published unknown poet, his poetry has appeared in numerous publications, most recently in The Lyric, Mused: the BellaOnline Literary Review, and Wolf Willow Journal, amongst others, and continues to write monthly poetry as “The Writer’s Poet” for Extra Innings online.





Her proud buttocks move
like darting barn swallows to
that wild Zumba beat.

Terry Allen lives in Columbia, Missouri and is an Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he taught acting, directing and playwriting. He directed well over a hundred plays during his thirty-eight years of teaching. A few favorites include: Candide, Macbeth, Death of a Salesman, and The Threepenny Opera. He now writes poetry and has been published in Fine Arts Discovery, Well Versed, I-70 Review, Freshwater Poetry Journal, Boston Literary Magazine, Garbanzo Literary Journal and Bop Dead City.




Delta Note 1
John Zheng

after tornado
restoring father’s scrapbook
under the blue sky

Delta Note 2
John Zheng

greyhound bus station
the slanting sun extending
her waiting shadow

Delta Note 3
John Zheng

still a black-white pic:
at the edge of cotton fields
a paint-flaking church

John Zheng lives in the Mississippi Delta where he now and then catches a moment to write haiku. He is the author of four haiku chapbooks.







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