Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
memory is an indeterminate haiku
in the archives
the oldest figures – matrons
dressed in bengatta silk
naha as pale as you
a haiku is a road song by the inch
this empty dust road
rising to meet us, grey setts
truism in sheaf –
all human beings
by nature desire knowledge
at its necessity
and his need to sing it whole
trees lining both sides
a bosc pear drops to the earth
spins, nodding axis
a haiku is a wheel and axle
not so willingly
we set off, viola wings –
hills, island, cloud, sky
this arbitrary pleasure
of choral lyric
who is your keeper?
the ties that bind – nine
willow flutes, ether
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has edited
more than 10 books and co-produced 3 audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. A recipient of the Singapore
Internationale Grant and Dr Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award, he has recent or forthcoming work in Caper Literary Journal,
Cricket Online Review, Dark Sky, Fence, Grey Sparrow, Presence, Nano Fiction, Spilling Ink Review, Spork Press, Sugar Mule,
and Write From Wrong Magazine. Also working in clay, Desmond sculpts commemorative ceramic pieces for his Potter
Poetics Collection. These works are housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.
Inspired by Afternoon at the Art Museum
doggone sun strikes
binds in rings
yellow drapes stroke
lemons in bowl
sunflowers sun on sill
banana curls in hand
seas of marigolds
sway on hips
yellow teeth smile
of string blonde hair
she waves at
her citrine gemstone
Sara Basrai presently lives In New
York City, but is originally from London. Her work appears or is forthcoming in 34th Parallel, Grey Sparrow Press, Little
Episodes, Battered Suitcase and Cantera Press, among others. Besides writing, Sara loves to explore the USA
with her young family and to play with her cat, Nory.
Green Olives with Medjool Dates
Sweetness to take the tang
from the salt. Similar opposites.
Like built and guilt—one high, one low.
As when your life
strips you down: you look up.
Even when it all
stings deep, a memory
of sugar in your mouth.
If You Write a Love Letter to Disappointment
Allow brevity. Allow sweetness.
Allow smudged ink.
Do not use exclamation points.
Do not speak in the third person.
Bring your best paper. Tolerate
the passage of time. You may
drink water. Try not to drink wine.
Write alone, but imagine
others in the room.
Use adjectives if you like,
and end sentences with prepositions.
Do not repeat yourself. Invite
generosity, permit humor.
Avoid sarcasm, but accept grief.
Draft the letter as if
you could only write it once.
Use a long salutation
and a short goodbye.
Amy MacLennan has been published in Hayden's Ferry Review, River Styx, Linebreak, Cimarron
Review, Folio and Rattle. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies Not a Muse from Haven Books and
Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems from Ragged Sky Press. One of her poems is available as
a downloadable broadside from Broadsided Press, and she has an article appearing in the 2011 Poet's Market.
Billowing Curtain, Near La Spezia
(Linda Butler, black & white photograph)
silk veil/ frock
lets in the gulf’s white sprig of air
citrus vowels/ the consonant’s pine-green contour—
wicks the room like a harp/ a seaweed
baptismal smock/ chemise
may the breeze scrape me with a lapis
god’s salty breath—
my frenetic body to stem/ mind to perfumed leaf—
silk-sleeve me/ negligee
Margaret Walther is a retired librarian from the Denver metro area and a past president of Columbine
Poets, an organization to promote poetry in Colorado. She has poems published
or forthcoming in many journals, including Connecticut Review, anderbo.com, Quarterly West, Naugatuck River Review, Fugue,
The Anemone Sidecar, A cappella Zoo, and Nimrod. She won the Many Mountains Moving 2009 Poetry Contest. Two of her poems published in the online journal In Posse Review
in 2010 were selected by Web del Sol for its e-SCENE best of the Literary Journals.
intaglio upon my breast
(Hannah said, “Poets are the only people to
whom love is not only a crucial, but an indispensable experience, which entitles them to mistake it for a universal one.”)
Gabrielle Rose is an adjunct faculty member of Hamline
University's English Department. She is a freelance essayist and poet. Her latest essay, "Murder and Myth: Coping with Unsolved
Homicide" was published in the Spring 2010 issue of the journal, Confluence.