Friday, November 20, 2020

Elizabeth Jaeger - Karma stands in reverse

 a mirror image

of how it should be—

a slap for each good deed:

an invitation extended,

a lift to the doctor.

the manuscript read

complete with revision.

Each time I’ve been scorned:

another rejection,

no offer to interview,

no rainbow bobbing on the horizon.

And so I say,

Karma screw you.

Have you forgotten,

or are you looking for a laugh.

Either way, I wonder

if I withhold my hand

and shove

the pleading party off a cliff

will you reward me?

Will you finally confer

the contract I desire

the success that continues to elude

the happiness I seek

but cannot find?

Or will you continue to punish

until I am crushed—

bleeding and dying

no hope of salvation?

Except in a new life—


in termite form.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Stephen House - Two Poems

Stephen House is an award winning Australian playwright, poet and actor. He’s won two Awgie Awards (Australian Writer’s Guild) , Adelaide Fringe Award, Rhonda Jancovich Poetry Award for Social Justice, Goolwa Poetry Cup, Feast Short Story Prize and more. He’s been shortlisted for Lane Cove Literary Award, Overland’s Fair Australia Fiction Prize, Patrick White Playwright and Queensland Premier Drama Awards, Greenroom best actor Award and more. He’s received Australia Council literature residencies to Ireland and Canada, and an India Asialink. His chapbook “real and unreal” was published by ICOE Press. He is published often and performs his work widely.


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Jim Leftwich - We Need... Four Poems

1. we need tools

final news can take a
progressive nightmare
system bleating if
blatant dangers of
depleting the Colorado
River corona simply
the magic of the King
radio toll booths on
the fringes of our
country right-wing
missives dominate
the knitting of our doom
authenticity is ongoing
5 dollars democracy fox


2. we need facts

news can take a
bleating if
dangers of
the Colorado
corona simply
magic of the King
toll booths on
fringes of our
knitting of our doom
is ongoing
dollars democracy fox


3. we need Biden

management can take a
disasters if
perspectives of
subjective Colorado
wildfires simply
virus of the King
impacts booths on
months of our
smoking of our doom
is ongoing
climate democracy fox


4. we need migratory birds

management can take readers
disasters personally
perspectives of coronavirus
subjective evidence
wildfires storytellers
virus of the year
impacts voluntarily on
months of relinquished
long haul
shortness of our asymptomatic
elevation is ongoing
climate democracy adorns