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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 Rebecca Clark

I have squandered my resistance
for a pocket full of mumbles, such are promises

~ The Boxer, Paul Simon

Every day it’s another piece
in a new voice, fragments

from everyone who tries
to make it whole, question by question:

it begins with her body cleaved
into parts, how did she end there,

was she thrown, was she wracked
by seizure, or did evening bring a melancholy

she couldn’t refuse? It haunts
each of us who tried, or did not, to help her.

Why did she walk the miles
from ER to home, where was the ride

that might have carried her
through night to morning’s possibility?

Instead of answers, an image
rolls over and over in my head: her body

laid out across the frozen tracks, waiting
for her hero to rescue her

from dark alleys and empty rooms,
every skirmish real or imagined

in her undying quest to be loved, but
instead of that dashing Mr. Right

comes the cold sharp iron
wheels going round and round,

such are promises.

Rebecca Clark's writing has appeared in StringTown, Snow Monkey, Wicked Alice, Literary Salt, and others. She has work forthcoming in Rattle, Pearl, Heliotrope, and others. She works as an attorney, coordinating a volunteer lawyer program and lives in Washington’s Skagit Valley with her husband and daughter.
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