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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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by Lita Sorensen

The heat-tinged sky
with its roiling trees
blue-pewter stain at edges
breathes silently,
finally as envelopes. Even
the earth is sealed
lulled by insects entranced
with their own song, hidden
from the light. Everywhere, too
the green hush of sacred lawns
spreading from house to house
contains cast shadows
brown and violet near the porch steps
where Maiden Hair grows.

And only reluctantly—
silent paws over apology—
does a small white cat
cut diagonally across
the blank field.

Lita Sorensen's poetry has been published in various online and print journals, including The Cortland Review, Amoskeag, Yemassee and Poetry Midwest. A selection, "Quarto, with Crows," will also be included in an upcoming anthology, Beat the Blackened Wing: An Anthology of Crows. In addition, she has published three books of nonfiction for young adults for Rosen Press in New York City. She is currently at work on a forthcoming book of poetry, Haiku for a Midwestern Lawn, and book series about women sport figures, Extreme Girlz.
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