What I Want. An ekphrastic poem by Dawn Promislow

“Mobile garden dress” by Nicole Dextras, as seen in installation at Todmorden Mills, Toronto, July 2014. What I want   What i want to know is, yellow lady, light midsummer light yes you, yellow-skirt dandelion, lionness potted pothead on Pottery Road potting pots   potting about lady skirting there   yes, you   mellow yellow-dappledContinue reading “What I Want. An ekphrastic poem by Dawn Promislow”

3 Poems by Juan Chemes

Wishful Wishing   Tell me something I don’t know, that the mirror has three faces, if not more. Or that easy does not necessarily does it.  It does not!   That the good outweighs the bad, perhaps, for all we know.   Tell me again, if you’ve learned that your thoughts are worth more than a cent, that toContinue reading “3 Poems by Juan Chemes”

2 Poems by Denise O’Hagan

Charlie   Every hospital has a Charlie Someone who’s slipped through society’s cracks And sits obstinately on the outside A grit in the eye of every passerby And a reproof to government healthcare.   He was sitting there today By the thick glass sliding doors A great raw trunk of a man Marooned in hisContinue reading “2 Poems by Denise O’Hagan”

3 Poems by Mansour Noorbakhsh

Jan. 8th (To 167 passengers and 9 crews perished in flight 752 Tehran on 8th of January 2020)   And still I am waiting for something to happen somewhere without knowing what and how.   One year has passed since the downing of Flight PS752, and still cruel politicians are spending millions to protect themselvesContinue reading “3 Poems by Mansour Noorbakhsh”

3 Poems by John Casquarelli

he Sign on the Dead End Road Says Reunion   “The illusion of detachment,” a chronicler once said, hand leaning on sequoia, looking up as if all history was born from its branches. I held my breath briefly, cleared my throat, crystallized that moment, took pleasure in the voice that refused to sing with anContinue reading “3 Poems by John Casquarelli”

3 poems by Iskra Peneva

Leaving   I hid all the sorrows of the world In myself   My cry is not enough To reconcile An unbearable burden   The silence is perfect The lightening over the lake Is a butterfly’s blink The essence that explains The creation of the night and day In which the sky and the rainContinue reading “3 poems by Iskra Peneva”

2 poems by Rafael Mendes

Sunday morning roof tiles softened by the cold white skin   a young dark brown robin spins its neck — seeking a route to flee   fabric softener’s warmth and breath crossing the bordering wall   two women chatting topics that I only speculate   a child mumbling in the distance phrases without structure  Continue reading “2 poems by Rafael Mendes”

Footprints. A spokenword poem by pj johnson, Poet Laureate of the Yukon

pj johnson Poet Laureate of the Yukon pj johnson, the daughter of a Yukon trapper, was formally invested on Canada Day July 1st 1994 during a ceremony in Whitehorse where she was given the title Poet Laureate of the Yukon and became the first officially-invested poet laureate in Canada. A storyteller in the oral tradition,Continue reading “Footprints. A spokenword poem by pj johnson, Poet Laureate of the Yukon”

This House is Old. A poem by John Ravenscroft

This House is Old   When I was born – seems long ago – This house already knew that woe And joy are mixed by time’s slow flow. That mix (plus bricks) births quid pro quo A pact all ancient houses know… Old houses secrets keep, below Until a digger seeks to know   AndContinue reading “This House is Old. A poem by John Ravenscroft”

Three poems by Anna Veprinska

Here, a clothesline, a slender horizontal pedestrian with a duty to dry, flapping its crooked teeth in the wind.   Severe allergic reaction, a religion my skin succumbed to, worshipped as it swelled with its own saints: the body penned a book while I itched it. The book was titled, The Unbearable.   Land perforatedContinue reading “Three poems by Anna Veprinska”