Painting by Wantao Yin

‘Who here is in the world but not of it!’
they demanded in shined boots and crisp suits and when they looked at her Read More


Walk On Water

Painting by KJ Burk

Swept dust and powder
Crumbling asbestos ceiling tiles
Itchy eyes and dried-up skin
Radon and foundation sealant in the crawl space
Paint to cover the mold
Paint to cover what little I have
Head games by reproaching blood(y)
Relations (or my head?) Read More


Painting by Julie Robertson

Your tangled blond curls and indigo snow boots as you sit, legs outstretched on the library floor

Maypole ribbons of language flaring from the page to touch your vast eyes and lioness laugh at all the good parts

The other kids lean on you — their protector — sensing you see what they cannot yet

Qohelet wisdom, and fear– a Serengeti carcass  Read More

Calling All Poets: Hosting Tonight’s Poetry Prompt at dVerse

Painting by Debra Hurd

Hey friends. What do you say we forgo the madness of shopping deals and instead head on over to dVerse Poet’s Pub for jazz night? Cos tonight at the best online venue the “tempo goes up, lights go down” as we channel our inner Harlem cool cat, beatnik, or sultry sax soloist playing the subway stations of an anonymous city. Existential Baker, Olde Punk, and Carlos, I’m looking especially at you, but I’d like to see all my blogging friends’ takes on jazz/beat poetry. Hit the below link to see the prompt and ideas on how to get started if tryptophan got the better of you. Then share your work and read others’! Gobble gobble and much love, 





‘The Bath’ by Steven Restagno

When we die by random gun violence
Honor my babies by taking a 98.6 degree bath
Remembering that this warmth is what they last felt
As their blood spilled and bathed their skin
Remembering that they loved bath time
Honor each victim by scrubbing the filthy belief Read More