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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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Spirit Laughs So Eventual
by Lina ramona Vitkauskas

We can't do the voodoo of the everyman,
so let's begin to love myself all over again.
As goes the old Hugo novel, own your mysteries.
My skin only accepts natural spaces˜
cardamom and coves. Sleepwalkers you

procured in my tawny concentration, my dream
the left eye collapsed and met the child who tamed
wild moonrats. To rape oneself a humane
existence, the painful song. You and I only consist.
The riotous torch crowd˜derelict
arachnids on a parting gift I dreamt

possible. Father. What we clever cats culled
from roundtables and ruffians: the circumference
of electric sex. Performance of woman crane mirror.
As goes the seahorse tragedy of Gethsemane‚s fossil.
I never saw the movie which could cry.

Lina ramona Vitkauskas is a Lithuanian-American poet and short fiction writer. She graduated with a B.A. in English: Creative Writing from Loras College (1995) and an M.A. in English: Composition and Rhetoric: Creative Writing from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She is the co-editor of the online literary magazine, milk, with poet, editor, and critic Larry Sawyer.

Poetry chapbooks include: Shooting Dead Films with Poets (Fractal Edge Press, 2004), and The Meanest Man Contest (mother's milk press, 2000). She has been published in many print and online journals including: Van Gogh's Ear, Rampike (University of Windsor), The Prague Literary Review, The Chicago Review, Unpleasant Event Schedule, Echolocation (University of Toronto), La Petite Zine, Drunken Boat, Snow Monkey, Bridges (The Lithuanian-American Journal), In Posse Review Multi-Ethnic Anthology (Ilya Kaminsky, editor), The Mississippi Review, and The Wisconsin Review. Awards include: Carson McCullers Award, STORY Magazine (Honorable Mention, 1999), and Cleveland State University Open Poetry Series (Semi-Finalist, 2002). She has read in and around Chicago at Around The Coyote, The Chicago Poetry Festival, DvA Gallery, Myopic Books, The Café, and Santara-Sveisa Lithuanian Arts, Literature, and Political Conference. Forthcoming work: Skanky Possum, Lituanus (Lithuanian Quarterly Journal).
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