Paul Lojeski: “Dear Frank”

Dear Frank

You’ve been dead 6 years.
What, you can’t call?
Can’t write? Can’t
knock in the middle
of night? Come on,
man. Bro, I need a
hand, some consolation.
You hear me? Will
you meet me on that
bright hill, Brother?
A hug for posterity?
One last laugh before
the hammer falls? I
know you can do it,
Frank. This favor is
all I’ve ever asked
for. Greet me one last
time at the crossroads.
Don’t let me weep
alone in this darkness.

Paul Lojeski was born and raised in Lakewood, Ohio. His poetry has appeared online and in print. He lives in Port Jefferson, NY.

Ken Poyner: “Return”


The old haunted house, the legion of dares, the field of fumbling sweet encounters.  One long line of:  dare you to stand on the porch; dare you to throw a rock; dare you to set eyes around the missing front door; dare you to leap into the living room: to shout, to possibly, prayerfully, get Lindsey to be with you inside, to be the ghost of your imagination.  Lindsey:  blonde hair, a bevy of clasps and buttons and fingers of cloth and bungling buckles and hooks and opportunity and processes.  Go ahead.  Drag the old mattress found inviting on the dust and broken glass of a second-floor bedroom down the stairs to make it even more brazenly inviting.  You are not scared, are you?  The stairs creak and would have been at one time the base of stalking monsters, the heavy ghosts of former residents.  Outside, boys the age you were seemingly moments ago get to the porch, throw a rock through paneless window, push a face mere inches inside the door, invade briefly the living room, shouting as you and Lindsey stand barely hand in hand achieving nothing, uncertain what could be achieved, the mattress stained and flat on one side, an artifact, a remnant of the glories in the onetime-lives of those who now haunt this place.  As simple as the memory, years ahead, of what could have been done but was not, your inabilities coiled suspiciously and hauntingly around you.  Listen for clues.

Ken Poyner’s four collections of flash fiction and four of speculative poetry are available from most web booksellers. He was an information warrior for thirty-three years, and now supports full time his wife’s powerlifting. Recent work has appeared in Analog, Café Irreal, Rune Bear, and Tiny Molecules.

Jack Galmitz: “Listen”


We’re introduced
and engage in small talk–
String Quartet, Op. 4.

All the score:
the notes in each bar,
the articulation, the tone;
we have so much
to learn from one

We listen closely.
More than once.
We watch the night
paint surfaces and we
take notes.

What more can we do?
The music becomes richer,
more precise as we draw
closer than before.

Jack Galmitz was born in 1951 in New York City. He attended the public schools from which he graduated. His poems and stories have been published in various journals, including Otoliths, Synchronized Chaos, and noon: a journal of the short poem. He lives with his wife in Queens, New York.

Danielle Hanson: Two Poems


Let me leave my words
on the street to raise themselves.
Let them ferment like fallen fruit—
let the rats get drunk on them,
let them scatter.
Carve my name on the ice of a river;
watch while it melts—let it be
carried to the sea and join the currents.
Let me bury my memories just before
the water breeches the levee.
Let the coffins be unearthed in the flood.
Let my immortality be quiet, insidious.



The past strolls down a path, whistling, hands in pockets. Before she moved, our
neighbor mixed her husband’s ashes with those from his dogs, and wove them through
the alleys behind our houses. He had always sat on his front porch, drink in hand,
shouting at passers-by. He was part of the air, become part of the earth. The wife who
left became ghost.

Danielle Hanson strives to create and facilitate wonder. She is author of Fraying Edge of Sky and Ambushing Water. Her poetry was the basis for a puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts. She is Marketing Director for Sundress Publications, and serves on their Editorial Board. Previously, she has been Artist-in-Residence at Arts Beacon, Writer-in-Residence for Georgia Writers, and Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books. She teaches poetry at UC Irvine. More at

Debasish Mishra: “The Corona Bus”

THE CORONA BUS             

The bus has come from another realm
with its skin of a graffiti wall

made of fresh roses, orchids and hyacinths
scattered all over its body

It honks outside the gate now
And I hurry up for it won’t wait

When I enter, I see passengers
from every place, from far-off

China, India, Africa,
and the countries down under

This bus is cosmopolitan like death
unbiased in the choice of passengers

The bright faces all dressed in white
crane their necks from the windows

as though it is their final journey
freedom from the drudgery

There are no more belongings
No luggage for this

unexpected journey     The driver
looks tired yet wears a mystic smile

It must be his hundredth trip
or more           He is working overtime

When I say, I have nothing
to pay for a ticket,

he curves his lips some more,
This journey is beyond money

Debasish Mishra is the recipient of The Bharat Award for Literature in 2019. His recent writing has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, Penumbra, Amsterdam Quarterly, California Quarterly, The Headlight Review, and elsewhere. His first book Lost in Obscurity was recently released by Book Street Publications.


David A. Goodrum: “So Much Depended”

So Much Depended

the notebook

in my pocket

with scribbles
and snippets

first in the washing machine

then confetti blowing
out the dryer


*Adapted from a Facebook post by the poet Marc Janssen, 12/21/2021.

David A. Goodrum is a writer and photographer living in Corvallis, Oregon. His poems are forthcoming or have been published in Spillway, Star 82 Review, The Write Launch, The Closed Eye OpenFireweed: Poetry of Oregon, The Louisville Review, and other journals. Additional work (both poetry and photography) can be viewed at

Daniel Edward Moore: “Friday Night at Seven”

Friday Night at Seven

Kneeling made the room feel regal.
You became a staircase of scars
I used my tongue and hands to climb
all the way to heaven.

Hell is the way it felt to live
as if the mind was King,
as if landmines left by thoughts
were flowers to be picked.

Saluting cruelty’s softer side,
something tender, almost kind,
raised me to my feet like Christ,
pierced by heavy metal.

Terror asked permission
to laugh like us:
naked tricksters gagging on time,
in moments we made matter.

Daniel Edward Moore lives in Washington on Whidbey Island. His poems are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, New Plains Review, Flint Hills Review, Plainsongs, and Book of Matches. His book, Waxing the Dents, is from Brick Road Poetry Press.