POETiCA REViEW Issue 4

Featuring the work of..

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.

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...

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...

Jacqueline Jules

Jacqueline JulesJacqueline Jules is the author of three chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press), Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications), and Itzhak Perlman’s Broken String, winner of the 2016 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize from Evening Street Press. Her work has appeared in over 100 publications including Poetica, Beltway Poetry News, Cider Press Review, Potomac Review, Inkwell, Hospital Drive, and Imitation Fruit. She is also the author of 40 books for young readers.  Visit...

Michael Henry

Michael HenryMichael Henry is the co-founder and Executive Director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, an independent literary center located in downtown Denver. My poetry and nonfiction have appeared in places such as 5280 Magazine, Georgetown Review, Threepenny Review, Pleiades, Copper Nickel, and The Writer, and I’ve published two books of poetry, No Stranger Than My Own and Active Gods.    GUN ON THE BEACH     Gun is on the sand, he is walking. His steps sigh across the...

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...

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...

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...

Colleen Redman

Colleen RedmanCOLLEEN REDMAN is a blogger (looseleafnotes.com) who writes and photographs for The Floyd Press newspaper. Her poetry has most recently been published in Artemis Journal, Floyd County Moonshine and The Front Porch Review. In 2018 she was a featured reader at the Little River Poetry Festival in Floyd, reading from her collection Packing a Suitcase for the Afterlife, published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press. Her blog bio reads: “Whenever I don’t know what it is I’m doing and it...

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...

Brett Stout

Brett StoutBrett Stout is a 40-year-old writer and artist originally from Atlanta, GA. He is a high school dropout and former construction worker turned college graduate and paramedic. He writes now while mainly hung-over on white lined paper in a small cramped apartment in Myrtle Beach, SC. He has published several novels of prose and poetry including Lab Rat Manifesto, and has been featured in a vast range of various media including Brown University and the University of California.“Dirt, I...

Michael Vander

Michael VanderMichael Vander Does is a JazzPoet from Columbus, Ohio. He has been published here and there. Favorites include Croton Review, Negative Capability, Istanbul Literary Review, Carbon Culture Review, and Tryst. He performs trombone and poetry with The JazzPoetry Ensemble. They have released three CDs. The JPE performs with avant-garde jazz greats like Kidd Jordan, D.D. Jackson, and Hamiet Bluiett. Michael’s poetry is informed by this. He has received awards from the likes of the Ohio...

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...

Courtney LeBlanc

Courtney LeBlancCourtney LeBlanc is the author of Beautiful & Full of Monsters (forthcoming from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), chapbooks All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and The Violence Within (Flutter Press), and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has her MBA from University of Baltimore and her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her publications on her blog: www.wordperv.com. Follow her on twitter: @wordperv, and IG: @wordperv79.  ...

Alan Parry

Alan ParryAlan Parry is a poet, playwright and editor from Merseyside, England. He is an English Literature graduate and English teacher. Alan enjoys gritty realism, open ends, miniature schnauzers and 60s girl groups. He has previously had work published by Dream Noir, Streetcake Magazine, Black Bough Poems and others. He cites Alan Bennett, Jack Kerouac and James Joyce as inspiration. Night-Blooming Jasmine   i deposit my heartbreak at the foot of the night-blooming jasmine – watering...

Louie Land

Louie LandLouie Land is a displaced East-coaster living in Moscow, Idaho. His work has previously appeared in FRiGG Magazine, the Santa Clara Review, Dog Pond, Unwound Magazine, and elsewhere. An active blues/jazz guitarist, his first album, Afterglow, was released on West of Everything Records in spring 2019.The Bell Unrung   I. Who is like me?   Is absence queer?   What privileges void erasure’s calculus?   Is bitterness at sex—straight or queer—violence?   If I am...

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...

Roberta Beach Jacobson

Roberta Beach JacobsonRoberta Beach Jacobson (http://www.RobertaJacobson.com) is drawn to the magic of words – poetry, puzzles, song lyrics, stand-up comic humor. As a student of tanshi (short poems), she strives to include humor whenever possible. Besides poetry, she writes greeting cards, game clues and flash fiction … anything to avoid a day job.    swirling sand ignores borders   ~~   salt water I question why I am here   ~~   deep in the shadows of the Aegean...

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...

Leslie Neusdadt

Leslie NuestadtWriter and visual artist Leslie Neustadt is a retired New York Assistant Attorney General and the author of Bearing Fruit: A Poetic Journey. Widely published, her work is illuminated by her Jewish upbringing and expresses her experiences as a woman, daughter, wife, mother, cancer patient and incest survivor. Visit www.LeslieNeustadt.com.    Erased A father erases his daughter with a big eraser. Russel Edson   What if my father hadn’t erased me? Who would I have...

P.A. Levy

P.A. Levy Born East London but now residing amongst the hedge mumblers of rural Suffolk, P.A.Levy has been published in many magazines, from ‘A cappella Zoo’ to ‘Zygote In My Coffee’ and stations in-between.  He is also a founding member of the Clueless Collective and can be found loitering on page corners and wearing hoodies at https://thecluelesscollective.blogspot.com     Window Pain   my sodium silicate face that holds a shear dissection of your ghostly reflection shatters   as...

Benjamin Norman Pierce

Benjamin Norman Pierce Benjamin Norman Pierce lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he has worked as a professional dishwasher for many years. He paints and displays his graphics in various coffeehouses and small galleries. He self-published a novel, Snuck Past Death And Sleep, and an album, Al-Azif, both available online.He was an enthusiastic participant in the 2011 occupation of the Wisconsin State Capitol. He has published graphics and poems in sundry small journals. Dead Air #7: Behind His...

Rebecca Angela Taylor-Suljik

Rebecca Angela Taylor-Suljik ​ The author Rebecca Angela Taylor-Suljic a German National of German-British descent is a qualified interior decorator. She is also a part-time Downes-Syndrome caregiver in the local kindergarten. She lives with her husband and their two small daughters in small town (Erkelenz) in Germany near the Dutch border and writes Sci-Fi and Crime with her father in her spare time.   The Dead Matador   after Ellen Elizabeth Dudley     He thought he was the bee’s knees of...

Joshua Zelesnick

Joshua Zelesnick Joshua Zelesnick’s poems can be found or are forthcoming in various journals and magazines, among them Jubilat, Word For/Word, Juked, and DIAGRAM. A chapbook, Cherub Poems, will be coming out from Bonfire Books this fall. He teaches Library classes for a public school in Pittsburgh, where he lives with his partner and two young daughters in a garden co-housing community. With friends, he helps host a living room music and reading series.     crosses loomed over the...

Colin Dodds

Colin Dodds Poets 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...

Marc Darnell

Marc Darnell Marc 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,...

Ben Nordolili

Ben Nordolili Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, The Northampton Review, Local Train Magazine, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish a novel.     Lunar Gemini We are both suckled by the moon, henceWe go out together, If there’s another reason, I don’t know it,We’re as different as night and...

R. Gerry Fabian

R. Gerry Fabian Nautical 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.

Antoni Ooto

Antoni Ooto Antoni Ooto is a poet and flash fiction writer who came to writing late. Known for his bstract expressionist art, Antoni now finds his voice in poetry.  His love of reading and studying many poets has opened and offered him a new form of self expression. His works have been published in  Front Porch Review, Amethyst Review, Nixes Mate Review, Young Ravens Literary Review, and many others. He lives and works in upstate New York with his wife poet/ storyteller, Judy DeCroce.  ...

Dan Provost

Dan Provost Dan Provost’s poetry has been published throughout the small press for a number of years.  He is the author of ten books, his latest Wear Brighter Colors was accepted by Analog Press.  He lives in Berlin, New Hampshire.     Rampart     A cast of characters talking, lying— Cheating on their taxes…   Their wives…   Spewing more Kafka vomit to endorse aptitude among the assholes who need intellectual justification.   Journey far from those who keep...

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois Work by Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois appears in magazines worldwide. Nominated for numerous prizes, he was awarded the 2017 Booranga Centre (Australia) Fiction Prize. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and as a print edition. His poetry collection, THE ARREST OF MR. KISSY FACE, published in March 2019 by Pski’s Porch Publications, is available here. Visit his website  to read more of his poetry and flash...

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,...

Mark J. Mitchell

Mark J. Mitchell Mark J. Mitchell was born in Chicago and grew up in southern California. His latest poetry collection, Starting from Tu Fu was just published by Encircle Publications. He is very fond of baseball, Miles Davis, Kafka and Dante. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the activist and documentarian, Joan Juster where he makes his meager living pointing out pretty things. He has published 2 novels and three chapbooks and two full length collections so far.     THE...

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...

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).

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.  

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

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 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.