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  volume 1. issue two  
A collection of poetry
by Patricia Wellingham-Jones

from Mongolian Art Exhibit

I turn a corner, stunned now by faces / on the wall—masks of deities, shamans, / in papier-mâché, carved wood, stuffed skin. / Black brows pull down over glaring eyes, / red mouths stretch in snarls or gentle smiles. (more...)
Patricia Wellingham-Jones
Isabelle Ghaneh
Todd Heldt
Pamela Miller
Joan Dy
Lina ramona Vitkauskas
Michelle Bitting
Arthur Joyce
Adrienne Lewis
Anne Durant
Kathryn Ugoretz
Cheryl Stiles
Ellaraine Lockie
Arlene Ang
Ellen Wade Beals
JeFF Stumpo
Lita Sorensen
Andrena Zawinski
Rebecca Clark
Jim Coppoc
Carly Sachs
Siri Steiner
Theodore Worozbyt
Hal Ackerman
Gretchen Skillman
Shawn Sargent
Rebecca Harper
Concetta Ceriello
Patrick Tucker
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Portrait by Poet
by Ellaraine Lockie

I forgot to bring my book onboard
So I obsess about the sleeping man
in the seat beside me
Hispanic skin as slickly tan
as an Idaho potato polished with olive oil
Smooth shaven shine offset by scattered
scars sprouting eyes of intrigue
I steal guilty glances and glide pen
with poet-stroke words in uni-ball black
The perfect medium for peppered eyebrows
eggplant hair, anchovy shaped mustache
I start to think “Still Life With Casserole”
and lean in so close I could take a bite
I smell earth essence
blended with bodily exertion
He senses the exhalation and shifts position
Fingers enfold in prayer-like protection
covering a private place I can’t depict
But I can delineate calloused hands
portraying hard labor
The sort that induces the sleep of the dead
His state as he slumbers
through a meal served
and movie seen by others
Until the flight attendant taps him
on the shoulder several times
Tells him to pull his seat forward
and fill out disembarkment forms
He has no pen so I offer
my instrument of artistry
He has no English either
But with black olive eyes
that glint gratitude
He welcomes me to Mexico City
with a well-enunciated smile

Ellaraine Lockie is a well-published and awarded poet who has recieved eight nominations for Pushcart Prizes and has four published chapbooks , the most recent being "Finishing Lines" from Snark Publishing. Ellaraine also teaches school and community poetry workshops.
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