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Barbara Jean | Partnership poems

Ménage a trois In my head, I live with an ideal husband; home by five, check in hand, gourmet cook (vegan, of course), bouquet of daisies, lover of verse. He’s tiny, sure (to fit in my head), but I can’t complain because he picks up after himself and never watches TV. I love a different man than he; up and down with the tides, sweet and generous with his time, […]

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Charlie Neadom | King David

I know of a father and a son who no longer speak. At least not to each other. One day son was honest with father and father excepted him for who he was. And they never spoke again – at least not to each other. And only rarely speak of one another, but on seldom occasions when certain names need mention it is never without that stare which cuts through […]

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Tiffany Lee Brown | And we

                the last friend leaves. the imprint of her daughter’s swish-and-fall remains on the ice sheet outside the garage door. these are good sports, these friends, to fall and laugh. enacting the deep silence of solo home: i stand in my slippers and listen. constant thrum of HEPA filters. staccato burst of water-churn from the new washing machine. scritchyhoo of fluorescent light over […]

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Melanie Figg | What there is

I sloughed off the weight of him. The burden of shame rinsing off like water paint coloring the sink, fascinating & temporary. Ascending & delightful to ascend. This is what the prophets promise. This is what I have found at the end of struggle: a clear field, room to run. The pond is deep blue & chilling, jarring as any act of grace: an audible gasp, erotic & begging for […]

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