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HAIKU CORNER, Issue Eight

Crow at Water Basin by Nakamura

 

leaning down to drink
young crow tries in vain
to steal his own shiny eye
 
Steve Brammell currently lives in Indianapolis and works in the wine business. His poems have been published in The RavensPerch Magazine, Alabama Magazine, Northwest Indiana Literary Journal, Birmingham Magazine,Tiny Seed Literary Journal, and the White Wall Review, as well as a forthcoming poems in Flying Island Journal and The Write Launch.
 


 
January
 
Already the sun
hangs on a little longer,
yolk caught in the white
 
Bardo
 
Walking late again:
new moon over the grave site,
stone to stone to pen

 
The light slipping between
the tree limbs while you sleep
is eight minutes younger than the sun.
Who do your lips belong to now?

 
Mary Herrington-Perry‘s work has appeared in The Florida Review and the Year’s Best Fantasy, among other publications, and a collection of my poems is forthcoming from The Heartland Review Press. She is also a master naturalist who raises bees, organic fruits and vegetables, and native forbs and grasses on the Perry Farm.

 


 
Adirondacks
 
Tectonic mountains
Ridgeline scribbled at spring dusk
We laugh orange and blue

 
Green tea smoke rises
To a butter-moon summer
Love’s last vestiges

Caleb Morehouse is a poet and writer from Burlington, Vermont. He is a sophomore at Clark University. Caleb has been published in Poets’ Choice “Tanka and Kenning,” as well as their book “It is Epic.” Caleb often finds his style morphing to better fit his circumstances; these particular poems were written during a time of recovery from a mental health crisis. Having emerged from said crisis, Caleb wants the reader to know that they are loved no matter who they are.
 


 
Feathers for Hong Kong
 
Galaxy
 
This is where we live:
In the black-holed-orange-hue
Like iridescence
 
Astronomic
 
Slumber sovereignty
And make your patterns humane
A poison sumac
 
Trivium
 
The fear of color
Is heavy and snow-covered
Culture by zip code
 
Knurl
 
Lush like broken bones
Interior monologue:
No one is native
 
Genetic
 
Perforate the dawn
And send my warmest regards
A recessive trait
 
Downpour
 
And rain falls heavy
Bits of blue, opalescent
A latchkey expanse
 
Lien
 
Sear the horizon
And silently sift the ash
Visceral, cogent
 
Fisticuffs
 
Hangnail and sand storm
A prescript: methylene blue
Life in fisticuffs
 

Tim Russow earned a B.A. in English from Boise State University. His poetry was published in the BSU English Department’s online newsletter Wit’s End, The Cabin Literary Center’s “Writers in the Attic: Nerve” 2014 book release, the online journal Military Experience and the Arts: Blue Streak, A Journal of Military Poetry, Vol. 2 and As You Were Vol. 10.
 


 

Homeless Woman

Pushing a full cart,
Her possessions were basic.
The rain washed her face.
 

Millie Sparks is a former librarian who has had her fiction published three times in local journals to Eastern North Carolina: The Reedy Branch Review (a publication put out by members of the English Department at Pitt Community College), The Rebel ( a student publication at East Carolina University) and a Christmas anthology put out by The Pamlico Writers Group of Washington, NC.

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