Selected by Ira Sukrungruang By Jenna Bazzell ** Jenna Bazzell holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Currently, she is semi-finalist for the 2017 Miller Williams Poetry Prize for the University of Arkansas Press. She won the
Selected by Ira Sukrungruang By Margaux Griffith ** Margaux Griffith earned an MFA in Poetry at Oklahoma State University. She won the 2012 Anderbo Poetry Prize for her poem “Apple Galette” as well as the 2015 Blue
By Lisa Hammond Another year we greet summer, spider lilies waking in the Catawba every May, this time blooming slow, a cool April. We follow the lily watch, high water warnings, papers reporting clumps washed upstream, rare but still
By Stacy Pendergrast Before Daddy left us for New York, he told me if I could catch one of those lizards its tail would snap off. Those critters ran up and down our house all day, their true
By Nat Froiland Searing thighs stomp pedals towards radiating pavement, each pump another pressing decision. Not the reflex begun in Milwaukee’s morning rush, but a conscious twilight effort among anonymous county highways. The river races the wrong way, inviting
By Fay L. Loomis first blush of warmth unfolds velvety purple face midday withered glory carpe mane seize the morning ** Fay L. Loomis, a nemophilist (haunter of the woods, one who loves the forest, its beauty, and
By Ashely Adams It took three days to pull your wings from the metal grille. What can a man do with an owl a shroud of cardboard and terry cloth? There’s no one here to roll back your
By Sally Nacker for B.W. You bring home a peony bush to plant with your dog’s ashes. Too late for medicine, or hope, but not for beauty. Each June, an effusion of vivid blossoms will open, blessing air.
By Aileen Bassis Walking on roads and rubble, gravel and grass, pavement and black-top. We know our past. We don’t know what waits. Grass and pavement, black-top hillsides and grasslands, desert and dirt, we don’t know what waits —
By Bruce Robinson *** Recent work by Bruce Robinson appears in Yo-NewYork!, Pittsburgh Poetry Houses, enclave, and Mobius.