Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The Lake In June

Bullfrog sounds the bass
As thunderhead cymbals crash-
Summer symphony

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Bob Strickland
(previously published in Red Poppy Review)

Monday, 30 July 2012

Shimmer

Starling in barn rafters—
feathers shake galaxies of dust
onto a ladder of light.

*

Michael Dwayne Smith

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Rambutan
chôm chôm*
Demure curled lashes
A moment of suction
delicious!

*chôm chôm means rambutan in Vietnamese

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David Ashton

Saturday, 28 July 2012

The moonlit spider
roams a dewy mandala
that fills like a sail.

*

M. Flynn Ragland

Friday, 27 July 2012

when she turns away
i swap our straws
and drink.

*

Anton Frost

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Bird Bones

Rheumatic fingers smoking a cigarette
skinny as a piece of string.

*

Ian Mullins

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

After the service:
Wheelchair ramp
Leaning
Up against the house.

*

Robert Demaree

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Monday, 23 July 2012

Taxis zigzagging across Broadway Street
drizzle like butter over popcorn

*

Devlin De La Chapa
Boyslut

Sunday, 22 July 2012

HER EARLIEST MEMORY

She had a cleft lip;
twelve surgeries in a month.
Food came pureed, but once
Nurse snuck real turkey, covert turkey from the bird itself,
turkey a bit dry, turkey whose turkey strands tickled
the roof of her mouth and the roof of her
mouth laughed.

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Quinn White

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Umbrellas take flight
On a windy afternoon
So many blackbirds

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Armando Corbelle

Friday, 20 July 2012

pure sadness

to reach and find
the candy bowl empty

*

Isabela J. Oliveira
stone and bits of sky

Thursday, 19 July 2012

SWANS ON THE POND

The silent way
they glided
side by side,

I couldn’t decide
which one
was the lover,

which one
the beloved.

*

Howie Good
Apocalypse Mambo

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

white eggs
on a black table
growing
invisible
in the brooding darkness

*

James Newton

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

arriving home from camping

a slug of custardy mud clings to the pumped-down airbed

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Fiona Robyn

(apologies for the breaks in small-stone-service. we moved house, etc. I'm dealing with submissions right now!)

Monday, 16 July 2012

Ablution Three

Drying my hands -
a royal wave
smothered
in an IKEA towel.

*

Barbara Blake

Saturday, 14 July 2012

sleeping
with strangers
evening commute

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Lucas Stensland

Monday, 9 July 2012

cherry print
cotton blouse

held together with
a safety pin

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Nina Buck

Saturday, 7 July 2012

mint still alive, miracle, and the lemon verbena still green. frost on its way, it bites already!

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Rosie Fleming

Friday, 6 July 2012

After my morning walk, my house was so quiet I felt the throbbing inside my ears. I was stuck at the front door, grabbing for limbs that I had dropped off. It is scary to walk through a wish fulfilled and lonely to pretend you are understood.

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Sheila Cameron
Watching the Paint Dry

Thursday, 5 July 2012

At the bank, an old man with a pram, wrapped in a blue blanket, a puppy sleeping.

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Brenda Skinner

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Monday, 2 July 2012

Your final kindness

a daffodil
single, yellow

to tell me
it could not have been otherwise

*

Nina Buck