POETiCA REViEW Issue 4

Featuring the work of..

Renee Adams

Renee Adams Renee Adams is a woman who retired from being a psychotherapist within the community mental health system and began to write poetry. She triesin her poetry to express my experience as a woman in this stage of a woman’s life. She is a member of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Exhibit in the College Chapel The drawing is of a womanwith her hand to her breast;the line is delicate -perhaps sketched as a madonnaon the crest of ecstasy. The woman leansfar to the right of the...

Joe Albanese

Joe Albanese    ​You Know Me Too Well     My emblem is a jagged smiley face transcribed at the bottom of a suicide note. There it sits and renders, there it mocks with taunting silver linings. It’s a signature, a calling card. It is Orion the hunter, it is lies and truth. It is hope. It is me.

Austin Alexis

Austin Alexis Austin Alexis has published in Shot Glass Journal, Danse Macabre, Candelabrum Poetry Magazine, Poetry Pacific (Canada) and in other journals and anthologies. He is the author of Privacy Issues (Broadside Lotus Press, Detroit, 2014) and two chapbooks: Lovers and Drag Queens and For Lincoln & Other Poems. He received a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Scholarship.    Australian Aboriginal Art   The human head, displayed in various positions: vertically,...

David Appelbaum

David Appelbaum David Appelbaum has worked in the university and in publishing, and is an author who specializes in the work of writing.  His most recent books include notes on water: an aqueous phenomenology [Monkfish, 2018]. hummingbird to the window   I’m all used up   hearing me say I’m done   meaning dry  finished  history   flown in from South America distance and time vibrate with true feeling   my own thoughts and fingerprints their glorious stuff   we...

Joseph Arechavala

Joseph ArechavalaJoseph Arechavala is born and bred in New Jersey, leading a boring, humdrum life and commenting as best his feeble skills allow. A high functioning autistic, he is the father of two grown sons and has been married for 35 years to a quite patient, loving woman. He has had poems and stories published online and in print, and published a novel, Darkness Persists.​ Somewhere   There's a dictatorship a brutal, murderous dictatorship   Somewhere   (Does it matter...

Anahit Arustamyan

Anahit Arustamyan is an Armenian poetess. Her poems have appeared in different poetry magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of 5 poetry books: The Queen Of Metaphors, My Intoxicated Ink, The Phantom’s Dolphin, Words In Flight, and The Canvas Of My Soul which are available on Amazon.

Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal

Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, born in Mexico, lives in Southern California, and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles. His first book of poems, Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press. His other poetry books, broadsides, and chapbooks, have been published by Alternating Current Press, Deadbeat Press, Kendra Steiner Editions, New American Imagist, New Polish Beat, Poet’s Democracy, and Ten Pages Press (e-book).

Emily Bilman

Emily BilmanDr. Emily Bilman teaches poetry in Geneva as London’s Poetry Society’s Stanza representative in Switzerland. Her dissertation, The Psychodynamics of Poetry: Poetic Virtuality and Oedipal Sublimation in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot and Paul Valéry was published by Lambert Academic in 2010 and Modern Ekphrasis in 2013 by Peter Lang. Her poetry books, A Woman By A Well (2015), Resilience (2015), and The Threshold of Broken Waters (2018) were published by Troubador, UK. Poems were...

Henry Bladon

Henry Bladon tread gently with tender feet     We were both barefoot on the beach. Pebbles are just rocks that are worn by the sea, she said, that’s how I think of friendship with people, they sometimes start out craggy and over time you get to know the person and they get to know you. I told her that was a nice thought, but I didn’t really want to meet craggy people and that I like to think of my journey to recovery when we walk on this beach. I told her that if you tread gently...

Henry Bladon

Poets Name Henry Bladon Poets biographyHenry Bladon is based in Somerset in the UK. He is a writer of short fiction and poetry and teaches creative writing for therapeutic purposes. He has degrees in psychology and mental health policy, and a PhD in literature and creative writing. His work can be seen in O:JA&L, The Beautiful Space, Local Train Magazine, Mercurial Stories, The Ekphrastic Review, and Spillwords Press, among other places. Zinc Horizon  Trapped in the inky lines,incomplete...

Ace Boggess

Ace BoggessAce Boggess is author of four books of poetry, most recently I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, and two novels including States of Mercy. His writing appears in Notre Dame Review, The Bellingham Review,  River Styx, cream city review, and other journals.Sentry Duty                                                     The world seems vast at night: flat, straight, the same in all directions, black except for city light at the horizon. When I stare, I feel I could set out...

Kevin Blankinship

Kevin BlankinshipKevin Blankinship is a professor of Arabic at Brigham Young University. His poetry has been published by The Ekphrastic Review, Rock Canyon Poets, and the Utah Horror Writers Association. He has also written essays for The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Jadaliyya. He lives in Utah with his wife, their two children, and a menacing gang of fruit trees.Pruning the Apricot Tree   Thok! Thok! Thok! Thok! There go my shears hacking through stubborn bark, green...

Ace Boggess

Ace Boggess is author of four books of poetry, most recently I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So (Unsolicited Press, 2018) and Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). His writing appears in Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Rattle, River Styx, and many other journals. He received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

John Bolton

John Bolton is a newcomer to the poetry scene. He is currently working towards his first collection, Handcuffed to the Night. He is a Hoist erector and would love to be a writer full time.

Judith Borenin

Judith BoreninJudith has been published in The Raven Chronicles:Last Call, The Floating Bridge Press Review IV, Ethel Zine 3 & 4, Synchcronized Chaos, The Poetica Review and other anthologies. Her Chapbook, The Evidence & The Evermore, was published July, 2019 by Sarah Lefsky/Ethel Zine. She lives simply and writes in Port Townsend, Washington.    Heron Fall     From the bed skirt of beveled clouds that fell beneath a blue black - sky as  a shadow she shifted inside her...

Barbara Brooks

Barbara Brooks  Barbara Brooks is a member of the lesbian writing community Top of the Bridge   I climb onto the bridge’s railing, toss your name into the wind but it revisits me like the swallow.  I think I have captured you but then you shift away like the fog underneath the bridge.    The mist net will not catch you. I watch you float down the river. I think I am done with your memory.   But I am not.  Grayness mists around me.  I shiver in the dampness. I will forever be...

Tiffany Buck

Tiffany Buck Chimera       I live in TZ3 Third colony of the Cnossus planet The humans are gone They mostly killed themselves The people that didn’t die violently, Died of disease What is a simple illness to us, was deadly to them I’ve been here five years and I hate it The heat is unbearable And the water that the humans loved so much is salty and changes the pigment of my blue skin We rarely go in it To pass the time, I dig Looking for things left behind by the humans I find a...

Maureen Butler

Maureen Butrler has been a professional actor/director most of her life and currently lives in Maine. She lived in Galway, Ireland for a year where she studied poetry with Kevin Higgins, and rediscovered her passion for this form of expression. She is married and lives with her husband and two enormous dogs.

Judith Borenin

Judith Borenin has been published in The Raven Chronicles:Last Call, The Floating Bridge Press Review IV, Ethel Zine 3 among other journals and have a mini-poetry book coming this summer. I have been writing poetry since being thrust upon a convent in Australia when I was in the fourth grade. I survived the Great Alaska Quake of ’64. I’ve moved so many times I have a continual ringing in my ears.

Laurie Byro

Laurie Byro has had 5 collections of poetry published, most recently La Dogaressa (Cowboy Buddha Press). Two collections had work that received a New Jersey Poetry Prize. Her poetry has received 55 Interboard Competition honors including 10 First Place awards as judged. In 2018, she was nominated for 4 Pushcart Prizes and she facilitates Circle of Voices in NJ Libraries for the last 20 years.  

Rick Campbell

Rick Campbell  Rick Campbell is a poet and essayist living on Alligator Point, Florida. His latest collection of poems is Gunshot, Peacock, Dog. (Madville Publishing) He’s published five other poetry books as well as poems and essays in numerous journals including The Georgia Review, Fourth River, Kestrel, and New Madrid. He’s won a Pushcart Prize and a NEA Fellowship in Poetry. He teaches in the Sierra Nevada College MFA Program.Morning in the Eastern Sky   It’s hard to remain...

Natalie Campisi

Natalie Campisi Natalie Campisi is a journalist and fiction writer currently residing in Los Angeles. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in fiction and her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Auburn Literary Journal, and Writer Magazine. She was recently awarded a writing scholarship to the Chautauqua Institution in New York. Currently, Natalie's producing, directing and performing in a fully improvised play based on the work of Wes Anderson, which is running at ImproTheatre...

Lorraine Caputo

Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 150 journals in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa; 12 chapbooks of poetry – including Caribbean Nights (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017) and the upcoming On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019). In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada chose her verse as poem of the month. Caputo has done over 200 literary readings, from Alaska to the Patagonia. She travels through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.

Angela M. Carter

Angela M. Carter is an author, poet, novelist, motivational speaker, spoken word performer, visual artist and an advocate/activist. Memory Chose a Woman’s Body (unbound CONTENT, 2014) is a poetry memoir, which spotlights the effects of the silences endured after abuse, neglect, and depression. Angela is a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee, nominee for the 2015
Virginia Library Literary Award (poetry), and has been featured in a multitude of venues, including The KGB Club in Manhattan and Busboys and Poets in Washington DC

Tina Carey

Tina CareyTina is a Personal Chef and a long-time writer and lover of poetry. She writes from personal knowledge of trauma, grief, mental health, and healing. She is hoping to inspire and create a unified experience of hope and understanding. Tina has been published by Poetic Pill Blog, and ANTIherionchick. The Voices Project and Call and Response Journal forthcoming.       ​ Glue   I am a lost soul glued to an immobile shadow             Eyes always closed If I open them, it’s a...

T. Castleberry

T. Castleberry’s work has appeared in Roanoke Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Pedestal Magazine, Green Mountains Review, The Alembic and Comstock Review. Internationally, it has been published in Canada, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Antarctica. I’ve had poetry in the anthologies: Travois-An Anthology of Texas Poetry, TimeSlice, The Weight of Addition, Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, Kind Of A Hurricane: Without Words and Blue Milk’s anthology, Dawn. My chapbook, Arriving At The Riverside, was published by Finishing Line Press in January, 2010. An e-book, Dialogue and Appetite, was published by Right Hand Pointing in May, 2011.

Yuan Changming

Yuan ChangmingYuan Changming  published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen  Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations  & publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) & BestNewPoemsOnline, among nearly 1,600 others across 43 countries.       How to Make Light of Darkness   in a world always half in darkness your body may be soaked deep in a wet nightmare, rotting...

Yuan Changming

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. Currently, Yuan lives in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) and BestNewPoemsOnline, among others.

Neil Clarkson

Philip O’Neil is an English writer living in Prague who worked as a journalist for over two decades in various parts of the globe. His poetry has been published in Ygdrasil, Wilderness House Literary Review, Suisun Valley Review, Mad Swirl among others. His first novel ‘Mental Shrapnel’ is due to be published later this year.

Christine Collins

Christine Collins moved to Cardiff, Wales, U.K. in 2017 from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I taught full-time in the English Department at Louisiana State University in addition to working as a remote editorial assistant for Copper Canyon Press. Here in Cardiff, I am a doctorate student in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. As part of my degree program, I also teach creative writing workshops for the university. My critical and creative work has been published or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Entropy, Cold Mountain Review, Chicago Review of Books, Canyon Voices, Appalachian Heritage, Poetry South, Still: The Journal, Wicked Alice, So to Speak, and Reunion: The Dallas Review. My chapbook titled Along the Diminishing Stretch of Memory was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2014.

Mary Clark

Mary ClarkMary Clark is a writer from Tulsa, Oklahoma living in Los Angeles. I volunteer with the Prison Education Project, teaching creative writing. I am 26, identify as a woman and work as a nanny and bartender in L.A. I am excited to share these poems from what I hope will be my first collection of poetry.Joker again   coat hangs on the back of his chair he's watching compilations   Nora is here sifting through Cisneros   I have been thinking about joker all day   he...

Ayn Frances dela Cruz

Ayn Frances dela CruzAyn, 34, is Propsmaker and Chief Slave of Paper Monster Press. She publishes her work sporadically online and offline. She currently works as Project Manager of BEntrepreneur Magazine & Youtube Channel.20-second story   I have allowed myself To seep into the cracks of Pavements. My blood has stopped The holes in roads.   When once you have read Of my letters You become me. You become More than I am.   I am so minute and so shallow I fit into the ducts of...

Lenny DellaRocca

Lenny DellaRoccaLenny DellaRocca is founder and co-publisher of South Florida Poetry Journal-SoFloPoJo. He is honored to be among a stellar one-up of poets at the 2019 Miami Book Fair, where he'll read from his latest collection, Festival of Dangerous Ideas (Unsolicited Press, 2019). His chap, Things I See in the Fire won the 2018 Yellow Jacket Press contest. His work has appeared in many small presses since 1980.  Do Not Read This Poem     if you sneeze at the mention of pantoums,  get...

Jerome Daly

Jerome Daly Jerome Daly is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire and winner of the Richard “Dick” Shea Memorial Prize. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Charles River Journal, The Manhattanville Review, Gamut, The Slag Review, Leveler, The Chafee Review, and the Long River Review.  Child’s Play   The ants came crawling Out of the splintered cement Into oxygen,   While I sped through them With Matchbox cars—blue & red, Speeding...

Marc Darnell

Marc DarnellMarc Darnell is a facilities tech and online tutor in Omaha NE, and has also been a phlebotomist, hotel supervisor, busboy, editorial assistant, farmhand, devout recluse, and incurable brooder--  leading to near auto collisions.  He received his MFA from the University of Iowa, and has published poems in The Lyric, Rue Scribe, Verse, Skidrow Penthouse, Shot Glass Journal, The HyperTexts, Candelabrum, Quantum Leap, Aries, Ship of Fools, Open Minds Quarterly, The Fib Review,...

David Dephy

David Dephy – The trilingual Georgian/American poet, novelist, essayist, multimedia artist. An active participant in the American and international poetry and artistic scenes, such as PEN World Voices, 92Y Poetry Center, Voices of Poetry, Long Island Poetry Listings, New York Public Library, Starr Bar Poetry Series, Columbia University – School of the Arts in the City of New York, Bowery Poetry Club which named him a Literature Luminary. His poetry has been published in USA and all over the world by the many literary magazines. He lives and works in New York City.

David Dephy

David Dephy David Dephy is a trilingual Georgian/American poet, novelist, essayist, multimedia artist. An active participant in the American and international poetry and artistic scenes, such as PEN World Voices, 92Y Poetry Center, Voices of Poetry, Long Island Poetry Listings, New York Public Library, Starr Bar Poetry Series, Columbia University – School of the Arts in the City of New York, Bowery Poetry Club which named him a Literature Luminary. His poetry has been published in USA and all...

Nancy Devine

Nancy Devine Nancy Devine lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where she taught high school English for over 25 years.  Her poetry, short fiction and essays have appeared in online and print journals. She is the author of a chapbook of poems, "The Dreamed,"  published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.  "Dogma," her latest chapbook of poems, is forthcoming from FLP.  Lost and Found   My mother's voice has retracted its feet, floating already somewhere.   I would be lying if I told you I...

Margo Jodyne Dill

Margo Jodyne Dills is an active member of Seattle’s Hugo House, and other writing venues in the Seattle area. Her writing life includes guest blogging on sites in Mexico and Latin America, writing poetry, and publishing her novel, Sparrow. She is very excited about recently being accepted with a scholarship to Hedgebrook Vortext.

Anthony DiMatteo

Anthony DiMatteoAnthony DiMatteo's recent poems and reviews have sprouted in Cimarron Review, CladeSong, Cortland Review, Hunger Mountain, Los Angeles Review, and UCity Review. His current book of poems In Defense of Puppets has been hailed as, "a rare collection, establishing a stunningly new poetic and challenging the traditions that DiMatteo (as Renaissance scholar) claims give the poet 'the last word'"(Cider Press Review). Gaze For three days these mountains have watched me. I have asked...

Colin Dodds

Colin DoddsPoets biography Beside the Treadmill   A tense and charming woman in a café has her own confused intentions written on her hands   A severe woman with elaborately braided hair and a sweater more knotted than knit slumps in a restaurant window and chews wrathfully   A woman on the sidewalk impersonates serenity so the effort shows, mouth taut striding like she has a full teacup in her vagina Women in Williamsburg daydream a thousand ways off the virgin-mother-crone...

Alethia Drehmer

Alethia DrehmerAleathia Drehmer was the one time editor of Durable Goods and In Between Altered States, co-editor of Full of Crow and Zygote in My Coffee, and art editor of Regardless of Authority. Her work has been published in print and online for poetry, fiction, and photography. She’s writing her first novel, The Secrets of Womanhood, and working long hours in an Emergency Room. Aleathia writes a blog called The Forked Road: A Journey of Friends which can be viewed at...

John Drudge

John Drudge John Drudge works as a clinical social worker and holds degrees in Social Work, Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services and has studied philosophy extensively. He is an avid traveler and a long-term student of the martial arts holding a 3rd degree black-belt in Kempo Karate. His diverse educational and experiential background gives him a broad base from which to approach many topics in his poetry. John currently lives with his wife and two children in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. ...

Peter Ewer

Peter Ewer lives in Melbourne, Australia. He has published four books of Australian history, and his articles appear in academic journals in Australia, the UK and the US. He holds a doctorate from RMIT University, Melbourne, and this is his second work of poetry, having previously been published by Outlaw Poetry in February 2018. He thinks we better start taking an interest in the condition of the world, because the planet is dying.

R. Gerry Fabian

R. Gerry FabianNautical Miles     He moves with the instinctual wisdom of alley cat balance. His doctrine follows an iceberg principle. His eyes see more; his chapped lips say less.   Today,  he takes his trawler  deep into the ocean -  a simple apostle  of the earth's last frontier.

Hannah Fields

Hannah FieldsHannah Fields is a writer and editor from Texas. She has worked on various publications from children’s books to award-winning magazines. Her work has appeared in Sweatpants & Coffee, Spelk Fiction, 2Elizabeths, and The Ogilvie. You can follow her on Twitter and read more on her website.     Living in Parallels Galaxies ripple against the cornerstone of my DNA like the angry surface of savagerivers disrupted by overflowing waters from unexpected summer rains...

Amy Gaeta

Amy GaetaAmy Gaeta is a poet and Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amy's creative work explores how trauma and injury are ordinary and mundane conditions that shape how we perceive and order the world. Her poetry has been published in various local venues, museum catalogs, and journals. A selection of these include Soundings East, Crab Fat Magazine, OPE! A Madison Anthology, and the 2016 Poetry Speaks catalogue from the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. She...

Sejal Ghia

Sejal GhiaPoets biography Marin Headlands     Back from the guided meditation, my friend dumps her still matcha tea after a long moment of agony: “does the cup go into compost, recycle or trash?”   I look out the window, at the waves crashing on the rocks, crushing the Sisyphean surfers in their thoroughly wet suits. My heart swells as one rides       a beast of a wave.     I draw my eye back to my       beast of a mind,     ride...

Howie Good

Howie Good is on the pavement, thinking about the government.

Howie Good

Howie GoodHowie Good is the author most recently of Spooky Action at a Distance from Analog Submission Press. He co-edits the journals Unbroken and UnLost.    Awl Fwk Tup I never saw or heard a gunshot. What I have seen is the aftermath. Dazed mothers, dead children cradled in their arms. There’s just barely enough space for everyone. I watch a man whose stubbly chin and shuffling, arthritic walk interest me. I am him. You have to be reasonable and understand the situation. Invaders...