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Beside a Hill Smooth with New-Laid Snow

February 1, 2011 - by Mr. Shay Tasaday, Editor in Chief

This month’s verse: February is a the time of deadest winter, and indeed these last few weeks in the great northeast have proven more prone to frozen precipitation than any winter that can be recalled; yet, February is also the time of intense romantic fervor, due to to the holiday known in western cultures as Valentine’s Day, an annual commemoration celebrating affection between intimates. Addressing this commemoration and the societal morays surrounding and parallel to it, our poets this month have hit the mark, per Cupid! To begin, Mr. Fenway Parker crosses the same river twice, traversing  commentary-cum-exploitation in his micturitive ode. RE: The age-old issue of fault lying within ourselves rather than our stars, and the use of astrology in romantic entanglements,  Mr. Scott Emmons manages to retort with disciplined patience than is rather more Hobbesian than Darwinian. Mr. John Muth finds an alternative approach to morality in his examination of social mating behavior among the less orally hygienic. In a similar meditation, Ms. Robin Blackburn follows the quest of a dis-married female for stability and compatibility. Mr. Marc Carver describes his enamoration of a certain judicial celebrity; to his credit, Carver does not allow his eagerness to cloud his understanding of some ethically problematic issues. Using an arcane means of accounting, Mr. Dale Wisely sources and organizes for rationalization as a conspiracy of self-absorption. Debuting in the journal, Mr. Ryan Webb reinterpolates Yeats in attempt to forgo a tendentious choice of metaphor. Like a phoenix sputtering in its personal Vesuvius, Mr. Robin Archbold articulates the struggle of ardor-infused language to overcome its own portentous inadequacies.

In our prose selections, Ms. Marybeth Niederkorn, Poet Extraordinaire, evokes scientific realities that are often parsimoniously seen to determine human — and artificial human — behavior. Mr. Ed Kornfeld uses the writer’s prerogative to tacitly rebuke those who would derive ethical guidance from his passions. And, lastly. Mr. Bernie Keating trains his prose to expiate in terms of our status as beings, rather than, say, as God’s offspring, which may be taken either to disgrace nature, or to ennoble beingness.

And in our  classic asinine section, Mr. James Whitcomb Riley lives the life by showing us his whing-whang. Join us on Facebook!

Frozen Pulse and Heart of Fire

January 1, 2011 - by Mr. Shay Tasaday, Editor in Chief

New asinine works for a newly asinine year

We’d Click Wine for All of You

December 22, 2010 - by Mr. Shay Tasaday, Editor in Chief

Wine or cheese?

Come, Come Thou Bleak December Wind

December 1, 2010 - by Mr. Shay Tasaday, Editor in Chief

A fully returnable gift of holiday verse!

Airport Poem Arriving on Time

November 29, 2010 - by Catty Marlboro

Airport Poem Arriving on Time

No Fruits, No Flowers, No Leaves, No Birds — November!

November 1, 2010 - by Mr. Shay Tasaday, Editor in Chief

A smorgasbord of questionably tasteful selections to peruse!

The Long Shadows of the Maples Nearly Mauve

October 1, 2010 - by Mr. Shay Tasaday, Editor in Chief

Treat yourself to a wicked selection of autumnal asininity.

The Dry Scent of a Dying Garden

September 1, 2010 - by Mr. Shay Tasaday, Editor in Chief

A few precious poems we spend with you

When the Blackberries Hang Swollen in the Woods

August 1, 2010 - by Mr. Shay Tasaday, Editor in Chief

A summer picnic of piquant poetry and prose

How to Write Poetry!

July 29, 2010 - by Catty Marlboro

Tap that unconscious! If you listen to him, you should be able to write at least two poems by the time he’s finished, maybe three or four. By the way, I think I hear farting sounds in the background.

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