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Part 3 Contributors

 

Michelle Bitting
Laurel Ann Bogen
Laure-Anne Bosselaar
Lucille Lang Day
Corrinne Clegg Hales
Marsha De La O
Charles Jensen
Eloise Klein Healy
Glenna Luschei
Clint Margrave
Henry Morro
Alexis Rhone Fancher
Phil Taggart
David L. Ulin
Jonathan Yungkans
Lorene Zarou-Zouzounis

Part 1 Contributors

Rae Armantrout
Bart Edelman
David Garyan
Suzanne Lummis
Glenna Luschei
Bill Mohr
D. A. Powell
Amy Uyematsu
Paul Vangelisti
Charles Harper Webb
Bruce Willard
Gail Wronsky

Part 2 Contributors

Elena Karina Byrne
liz gonzález
Grant Hier
Lois P. Jones
Ron Koertge
Glenna Luschei
Rooja Mohassessy
Susan Rogers
Patty Seyburn
Maw Shein Win
Kim Shuck
Lynne Thompson
Carine Topal
Cecilia Woloch

Part 4 Contributors

Tony Barnstone
Willis Barnstone
Ellen Bass
Christopher Buckley
Neeli Cherkovski
Boris Dralyuk
Alicia Elkort
Mary Fitzpatrick
Michael C. Ford
Kate Gale
Frank X. Gaspar
Dana Gioia
Shotsie Gorman
S.A. Griffin
Donna Hilbert
Brenda Hillman
Glenna Luschei
Phoebe MacAdams
devorah major
Clive Matson
K. Silem Mohammad
Rusty Morrison
Harry Northup
Holly Prado Northup - In Memoriam
Cathie Sandstrom
Shelley Scott - In Memoriam
Daniel Shapiro
Mike Sonksen
Pam Ward
Sholeh Wolpe
Gary Young
Mariano Zaro


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Laurel Ann Bogen
Californian Poets Part 3: Four Poems
by
Laurel Ann Bogen


 

 



Route 66 En Garde


Kicked-to-the-curb America
is packed and headed west —
who cares what litter-strewn
history it leaves in its wake?

Let’s trash the whole damn place,
smash every knuckle we have
down the throat of Lady Bird’s
beautiful spaced out skies.

Families or not, all
wheels on the move
for adventure, a handshake
and opportunity across
a seething desert
with no air conditioning.

Static whines on and on.
Bugs kamikaze the windshield
With their yellow and green pulp.

Somewhere
a triceratops guards
the check-in office
on this highway of truck stops
and dinosaur-themed motels.

We look for arrows of neon
search the horizon for a signpost
toward our own personal Twilight Zone
                    one where a dude with a skinny tie

points us to Next Stop Miniature Golf,
This Ramp Fresh Beef Jerky
Two Miles to Tumbleweed Cafe
over the edge to anywhere but here

We are in the back
seat of privilege singing
with Dinah Shore See the USA
in a Chevrolet
. Black and white TV
told us this was the dream,
and it alone the dreamer.





In the Place But Not Of It

Within the silence
of the past but not
of memory: desire

I call out
speak to me

and wait in the silence
for more silence
no echo
but palpable
darkness surrounds
me with webs hidden
from sight

part of this place
but not of it

The distant pinprick
of transfigured light
narrows through caves
of my own making
there is no happiness
in this —

unaware of self
let go the wounded self





Jonah at Five Months


Wiggling sprig, let the world
Wind up its delight machine

You newfangled sprout
You sloppy kiss
You whirling carousel
                              of abundant shebang

All is yes and exclamation!

Who can deny you?

Not the wind — humming
Its lullabies in your ear at night

Or that October sun
Waiting for you each morning
All butterscotch and honey

Let it spill
             over
Ooze
Gold laughter
                  and joy
                              sweet
                                          sweet joy





The Somnambulist’s Lament


1.

Had I noticed sooner, I still
would not have believed it.
No matter how I’ve shuffled —
then reshuffled — those old ghosts,
at best, it was an inconvenience.
The scratching in our walls
became commonplace.

I got by, sleeping.

Then one day, insects
claimed majesty.
First the air soured
crisped the edges,
only the edges
of breath, then banked
toward the unsuspecting heart.


2.


Two days before exposure
I swallowed untruth
because it was easier
than to face his spray-on rage,
grind my jaw to tune him out,
and dab the foundation Flesh #5
before the cameras roll.

He could pass for human.

Just cover up the slime
with a bad comb-over
camouflage that belly
behind red silk lies.
But remember, stealing
the art in the still-beating
heart will not save him.