Let the cow mow the grass

Three poems by Frederick Turner

The Peace Treaty My neighbor’s cow has got across The green creek down below, She’s on my island, eating grass That I had planned to mow. And so I sit and watch her graze, And ...

Finish! And find a job. And pay the landlord.

Three poems by Maryann Corbett

The Resistance Their backs bent double and their heads kept low, the seedling maples infiltrate the row. A tyrant with a keen idea of order, I slaughter the insurgents at the border, scuffle and slash ...

The rain is raining all around

Three poems about the seasons by Robert Louis Stevenson

Flower God, God of the Spring FLOWER god, god of the spring, beautiful, bountiful, Cold-dyed shield in the sky, lover of versicles, Here I wander in April Cold, grey-headed; and still to my Heart, Spring ...

A call for sonnets

When in the spring fair April shows her face

We present the five winning entries (in alphabetical order) of our sonnet contest in honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (April 23, 1616). Eulogy for Broadway (Downtown San Diego) By Georges Alvina ...

The jet just wants to be invited for tea

Three poems by Katie Manning

Flight Path I wake to the suctioning shriek of a plane flying low overhead and imagine the jet just wants to be invited for tea. This plane is sick of mindless movement. It screams for ...

Three poems by Pianta

“Air,” “Ethnobotany,” and “The Well We Drink From”

Air sharks skirt you as you hold the line the eagle rays take conchs into their mouths consuming their flesh as bits of shell drift empty to the ocean floor the barracudas crosshatch themselves above ...

From the “General Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales

Rhyme and verse from the Father of English literature

Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote, The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licóur Of which vertú engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his ...

Four poems by Kalpna Singh-Chtinis

“A Pale Monday Morning I and II” and “Jungle I and IV”

A Pale Monday Morning - I I went to sleep late last night, and woke up early this morning. A very kind note to a friend wasn’t kind enough! I woke up feeling sad and ...

Two poems by John Motoviloff

“Dreams of the Prairie” and “Garden Plot”

Dreams of the Prairie The last night in Dakota, bird hunting on the butcher’s land, you see rows of burning hedge, pages of prairie illuminated. You will remember this: smell of James River sedge borne ...


An excerpt

I arise today Through the strength of the love of cherubim, In the obedience of angels, In the service of archangels, In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward, In the prayers of patriarchs, ...

Selections from the author of Industrial Oz: Ecopoems

Poems on climate change

Near Paisley, Oregon the ancient lake’s giant redband trout fin small creeks. Among swirling ice sculptures in thawing Chewaucan River, I daydreamed their lateral lines as one long red sunset after a bad storm, Buddhist ...

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