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June 30, 2018
SUBMISSION PERIOD FOR THE SIXTEENTH ANNUAL DOGFISH HEAD POETRY PRIZE OPENS MAY 15, 2018!
The sixteenth annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize for the winning book-length manuscript by a poet residing in the Mid-Atlantic states (DE, MD, VA, PA, NJ, NY, WV...
Even my bones are asleep and only the sky is alive.
I think I feel your fingertip circling the birthmark
on my collarbone (bruised by cupid’s arrow, you used to say)
but it’s only a ladybug, good-luck omen,
Magnolia blossoms carry souther...
MAJOR MUSIC STUDIOS
The glitter of a drum set caught my eye
but I told Mom
as we passed by the gold trombones
in the shop window
that someday I wouldn’t mind
learning guitar. But I was surprised
how quickly she ushered me into the shop
where a cluster of cowbells clanked at...
Quinn Carver Johnson & Todd Fuller
LIFE, TIME, & FORTUNE
I have looked out to the ocean and wondered why we ever crawled out,
why, some sunny day, we followed the glistening coin of the sun
out into the air and have not stopped chasing it since. We have been
plagued by an affixation with shining, gold...
Sign of the Good Eye
Took a while, but I finally found someone
who would do it, who would make
a homemade sign for outside my door
that reads no war or violence permitted in life
which is the first sign that came to my mind
after the no solicitors sign we’d ordered came in.
Though it gets dark earlier and earlier
you were already weakened at birth
–without a shrug let go things
the way each grave is graced
used to being slowly moved along
blossom and in your mouth
a somewhat pebble half fruit
half sweetened, not yet
broken apart in your throat
When I was younger, women often
took me aside to say how much
I looked like someone else:
a dead lover, a son, a brother.
Some of my doubles wore glasses
or had the same oversized lips.
One hanged himself after dinner
in the garage. Another forgot
his lunch pail...
Karen Paul Holmes
No Such Thing as Distance
Terrapin Books, $16
My interest was instantly captured by the riveting cover of Karen Paul Holmes’ No Such Thing as Distance. It appears to be a watercolor collage viewed through a kaleidoscope. The perspective is that of trave...
Lying down and looking up
Underneath the hydro towers
dandelions splotch their leaves flat.
Their stems reach up to the lines
and hold the biggest little electric yellow sparks next to the Sun,
balance them there beneath the wires for a week.
Then each bulb turns into a clou...
Fistful of Glass Beads
I thought how lucky to live so long,
to travel so widely, succeed at disparate callings,
to have known that Mardi Gras trampoline lust,
that “Throw me sometin’ mister”-- reach or bust.
That’s a life, I thought. And now to boot,
the voodoo touch,...
Not Everything Can Be Tamed: an interview with Lorette C. Luzajic, editor of The Ekphrastic Review
October 5, 2019
October 31, 2018
Here she comes. Samuel’s wife. That must be her boy Isaac with the reins. I watch their arrival from the window, my grandmother’s dough bowl in m...
Brave: an interview with Nancy Mitchell,
Poet Laureate of Salisbury, Maryland continued
November 1, 2019
Review of Katherine Gekker's In Search of Warm Breathing Things
"prologue to a poem"
"But Still" (with apologies to Stephan Jenkins)
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