POETiCA REViEW Issue 3

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

Sean Hanrahan

Sean Hanrahan Sean Hanrahan is a Philadelphian poet originally hailing from Dale City, Virginia. He is the author of the chapbook, Hardened Eyes on the Scan, published in 2018 by Moonstone Press. His work has also been included in several anthologies and journals, including the Stonewall’s Legacy anthology. He currently serves on the Moonstone Press Editorial Board, as a poetry editor for Toho, and as an instructor for Green Street Poetry. Acquaintance   I think it’s important to remember...

John Hicks

John Hicks John Hicks is an emerging poet: has been published or accepted for publication by:  Valparaiso Poetry Review, I-70 Review, Ekphrastic Review, Glint Literary Journal, Midnight Circus, Panorama, Mojave River Review, and others.  In 2016 he completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska – Omaha.  He writes from the thin air of northern New Mexico. Illumination   A small slice of light pushes morning along a path over a shoulder of the Sandias, and eases it...

Linda Imbler

Linda Imbler  Linda Imbler’s poetry collections include two self-published works, “Big Questions, Little Sleep,” and “Lost and Found.”  Soma Publishing has published her two e-book collections, “The Sea’s Secret Song,” and “Pairings,” a hybrid of short fictionand poetry.  Examples of Linda’s poetry and a listing of publications can be found at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com.  Mondsüchtig (Lunatic)     What is the sound  of starvation? When the flames of expression die in the grate...

William J. Joel

William J. Joel William J. Joel writes, All things are connected. That's the premise of what William J. Joel does. Each of Mr. Joel's interests informs each other. Mr. Joel has been teaching computer science since 1983 and has been a poet even longer. His poems have appeared in Common Ground Review, DASH Literary Journal, and The B Print     I open a book that’s neverbeen opened beforeand breathe in deeply.  Ah, the scentof freshly printed words, a scentso rich and full of...

Laurie Kolp

Laurie Kolp Laurie Kolp’s poems have appeared in the Southern Poetry Anthology VIII: Texas, Stirring, Whale Road Review, Pith, Rust + Moth, and more. Her poetry books include the full-length Upon the Blue Couch and chapbook Hello, It's Your Mother. An avid runner and lover of nature, Laurie lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs. Dream Vision~ inspired by The Dream, Henri Matisse (1940)  The egg lies within the motherwhile she sleeps like a baby.It is unaware...

D.S. Maolalai

D.S. Maolalai D.S. Maolalai has been nominated for Best of the Web and twice for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016) and "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019) Dandelions   guys standing outside of a 7/11 with petrol pumps. or sitting on the pavement sharing a glass of lemonade. the sun above moves forward, slow as an hour hand in traffic. drying things up. blowing them away. dust like...

Patrick Meighan

Patrick Meighan  Patrick Meighan's poems, reviews, and translations have appeared in The Common Online, Cardinal Points, Alexandria Quarterly Magazine, and other online and print journals. His latest chapbook "Poems for a Winter Afternoon" was published in 2018 by Unsolicited Press. He teaches writing, literature, and journalism courses as a nomadic adjunct at several four-year and two-year colleges in New Hampshire Mamicka, in small gestures   a sweetness in the simplest memories her...

David B. Prather

David B. Prather David B. Prather studied writing at Warren Wilson College.  His debut collection of poetry, We Were Birds, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag Publishing.  His work has appeared in several publications, including Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Poet Lore, The Literary Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Open: Journal of Arts & Literature, and several others.  He lives in Parkersburg, West Virgin Man Who Pretended to be Timmothy Pitzen Charged     I can be...

Daniel Romo

Poets Name Daniel Romo Poets biographyDaniel Romo is the author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press 2019), When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014), and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). His poetry can be found in The Los Angeles Review, PANK, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and he is an Associate Poetry Editor at Backbone Press. He lives and teaches in Long Beach, CA. More at danielromo.net. ...

Margarita Serafimova

Margarita Serafimova   Margarita was shortlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize 2017, Summer Literary Seminars 2018 and 2019, and Hammond House Prize 2018; long-listed for the Christopher Smart (Eyewear Publishing) Prize 2019, Erbacce Press Poetry Prize 2018 and Red Wheelbarrow 2018 Prize, and nominated for Best of the Net 2018. She has three collections in Bulgarian. Her work appears in Agenda Poetry, London Grip, Waxwing, Trafika Europe, Landfill, A-Minor, Poetry South, Great Weather for...

John Sweet

John Sweet John Sweet, b. 1968 and still numbered among the living, sends greetings from the rural wastelands of upstate NY. He is a firm believer in writing as catharsis, and in the continuous search for an unattainable and constantly evolving absolute truth. His latest poetry collections include HEATHEN TONGUE (2018 Kendra Steiner Editions) A BASTARD CHILD IN THE KINGDOM OF NIL (2018 Analog Submission Press) and A FLAG ON FIRE IS A SONG OF HOPE (2019 Scars Publications). All pertinent facts...

Ann Christine Tabaka

Ann Christine Tabaka Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She is the author of 9 poetry books.  Christine lives in Delaware, USA.  She loves gardening and cooking.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her most recent credits are: Ethos Literary Journal, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera,...

Alarie Tennille

Alarie Tennille  Alarie Tennille  was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, with a genius older brother destined for NASA, a ghost, and a yard full of cats. She graduated from the University of Virginia in the first class admitting women. She now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she serves on the Emeritus Board of The Writers Place. Her poems have been published in numerous journals, including Poetry East, Midwest Quarterly Review, and The Ekphrastic Review. Alarie hopes you’ll visit...

Alisa Velaj

Alisa Velaj Alisa Velaj  has been shortlisted for the Erbacce-Press Poetry Award in 2014. Her works have appeared in more than ninety print and online international magazines worldwide. Her poetry collection, With No Sweat At All, will be published by Cervana Barva Press in 2019.  Temjan      Lutem sërish pas heshtjes ose hesht prore pas lutjes. Zambaku i ëndrrave i është larguar prej kohësh ngjyrës së bardhë. E bardha e borës, e bardha e petaleve… e deri tek e bardha e vezës. Një...

Toren Wallace

Toren Wallace Toren Wallace completed his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach. His work has appeared in: Brine, The Portland Review, West Trade Review, Poetic Diversity (Los Angeles), and Columbia Journal, among others. Find him on Twitter @nerotoren.    Urge     Masculine behaviors and identities manifest and establish power relationships that exist within society. Arriane Renan Barzilay     this reckoning of power like wildflowers after...

Scott Waters

Scott Waters Scott Waters is a poet and songwriter living in Oakland, California, with his wife and son.  He graduated with an M.A. from the San Francisco State creative writing program, and has published previously in The Santa Clara Review, The Pangolin Review, Amethyst, Ink in Thirds, A New Ulster, and NatureWriting. The Price     In the grey-beige exam room   the sonographer rubs the cold gel on your slightly enlarged belly   reaches for a hand-held device that reminds...

Rosalind Weaver

Rosalind Weaver  Rosalind Weaver is an internationally published poet living in England. She has been published in a number of journals, zines and anthologies, including most recently with As Above So Below, Voice of Eve and Dear Damsels. In 2018, her work was displayed at the annual Rape Crisis UK Conference, as well as two further exhibitions in London – ‘The Sunlight Project’ and ‘Testimony’, the latter as part of a conference hosted by UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson. More recently, her...

Stella Wulf

Stella Wulf Poets biography The poems go here

Johanna Antonia Zomers

Johanna Antonia Zomers  Johana Antonia Zomers is a former organic sheep farmer, a poet, a playwright with Stone Fence Theatre and writes a weekly column for a Canadian newspaper. Her first novel “When the Light Enters” was published with Pastora de la Vega Press. She divides her time between writing her second novel, editing a collection of essays and agonizing over a collection of new poems. She is inspired by solo travel, the Camino Santiago, rural life and the creative boost of winters in...