Sunday, 11 November 2018

That Guy in the Office by John Grey

You are expecting that someday
you two will be a couple.
For now, he feigns ignorance
of the possibility.
In fact, that ignorance
grows exponentially
with the passing of time.

You express your willingness
to be half of a couple
by dogging his heels,
trailing him everywhere,
smiling at him
every chance you get,
even cruising by his house at night
to see if he's home
and with whom.

You call at odd hours
to make sure he's there
though you remain silent
on your end of the line.
You slip scraps of paper
under his door,
mostly 'Guess who"
in disguised handwriting.

Next step is to shave your head,
wear low cut blouses
and short-short skirts,
and parade before his desk seductively.
Either that or burst into
shaved, low cut, short-short tears.

Either way,
he has you right where he wants you.


John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in the Homestead Review, Poetry East and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Harpur Palate, the Hawaii Review and North Dakota Quarterly.

Friday, 9 November 2018

The Whale in the Sky by J.D. DeHart

To live in a world where
the pale pearl of a cloud might
be filled with the shadow presence
of a whale,

swimming through the sky,
rising and falling in massive
flight, spouting cumulus from a cavern
mounted on its considerable frame,

and meanwhile, on the earth below,
only beautiful animals, no more slithering
creatures tapered at one end and filed
like knives on the other tip,

ready to cut us down, undulating
threats moving with soiled gleam.


JD DeHart is a writer and teacher.  He has a new book of poems, A Five-Year Journey, available from Dreaming Big Publications.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Fern G. Z. Carr about 300K

300K is a fascinating anthology of poetry designed to serve as a legacy of mankind's presence on Earth.  While Editor Walter Ruhlmann questions whether or not this collection realistically would survive a cataclysmic event, he nevertheless decides to take a chance and moves forward with his very appealing proposition.

Ruhlmann strikes a perfect balance of poems written in both the English and French languages.  Topics range from the microscopic to the macroscopic – from our RNA to the infinity of space. The poetry in this anthology is not only entertaining, but also gives us pause to ponder the nature of our existence on this planet.

Fern G. Z. Carr