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Lena Bishop

Pressure transforms coal:
A strong, admired jewel.
But I am not coal.

Lena Bishop just finished her first year as a nursing student at Northeastern University in Boston. She currently lives in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Boy Scout Camp
Craig W. Steele

Boy Scout summer camp—
above the crackling campfire
rumbles of thunder

Craig W. Steele

a bullfrog belches
leaps belly-first into pond—
lily pads tremble

Craig W. Steele is a writer and university biologist whose musings occur in the urban countryside of northwestern Pennsylvania. His haiku and senryu have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Prune Juice, Asahi Haikuist Network, Haiku Journal, a handful of stones, Modern Haiku and elsewhere.

I look into night
the sky is dotted with stars—
it too will form beasts

Tom Holmes is the editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics and the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Poems for an Empty Church (Palettes & Quills Press, 2011). He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize four times, the Pulitzer Prize once, and his work has appeared a number of times on Verse Daily, as well as in many journals. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break: Back to TOC

smell of early spring—
a winter’s worth
of dog turds, relaxing

clearing my nose
in the garden
to better smell the lilacs

slows with rain
then hail

oak leaves tremble
with the growl
of a chainsaw

maple seed
to bury itself

first day of summer
windows cracked
far too hot for khakis

year three, arguing
over eggplant
or aubergine

bachelor dinner—
scotch pairs well
with everything

driving to work
with coffee
I see the same jogger

clearing my head
in the garden
digging for memories

Jim Davis is a graduate of Knox College and now lives, writes, and paints in Chicago, where he edits the North Chicago Review. Jim’s work has appeared in After Hours, Blue Mesa Review, Poetry Quarterly, Whitefish Review, The Café Review, and Contemporary American Voices, in addition to winning the Line Zero Poetry Contest, Eye on Life Poetry Prize, and multiple Editor's Choice awards. Since Jim began submitting haiku, his work has appeared in Frogpond, Haiku Journal, and Three Line Poetry. www.jimdavispoetry.com.

Eric Boermeester

Squirrel leaping branches,
acrobat without a net,
does not pause for praise.

Rainy Days
Eric Boermeester

Rain patters windows
like fingers drumming glass panes,
awaiting the sun.

The Conversation
Eric Boermeester

The sea is speaking,
it converses with the wind…
Listen carefully

Eric Boermeester is a behavioral needs teacher in the Boston area. He has had work published in a number of literary journals, including: Thema, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, Thuglit, Apt Magazine, Aphelion, and The American Dissident.

Eyes flash a warning
Growl reverberates intent
Food dish is sacred

t m man was born in Boston MA. He works a blue collar job by day and writes by night. He loves to inundate Boston Literary Magazine Staff with persistent poetry submissions.

Class Reunion
Rose Kowaliw

Going back in time
memories long forgotten
seem like yesterday.

The beauty of youth
fades gradually over years
like old photographs.

And then the moment
when I walk into the room
Harsh reality.

Rose Kowaliw enjoys creating original computer art as well as painting in oils, both of which have been shown in galleries in NY and New England. Her Haiku and poetry have been published in a wide variety of literary publications. She lives in pristine New Hampshire with her family and spends summers at the ocean walking the beach at dawn searching for sea glass. "I am drawn to the sparse beauty of a Haiku like the tides are drawn to the moon."

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