POETiCA REViEW Issue 5

Featuring the work of..

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Jack Henry

Jack HenryMy name is jack henry and i am a california based poet/writer.  while i have been on hiatus for 10 years i have recently returned to writing and my first lover, poetry.  in the last several months i have been published in red fez, dope fiend daily, winamop, dissident voices, horror sleaze trash, bold monkey, and others.  i manage and publish heroin love songs.a green flash across a settling sea,     i remember sitting in the sun,watching light change;watching the...

Ed Jay

Ed JayEd Jay (AKA/Ed Parris) holds an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University. His work has appeared in Poetry, New York Quarterly, Hawaii Review, Colorado Review, Blueline, and many other literary magazines. His website is www.edjaymfa.com.    What dream   recedes to this dark shape? Chicago's lake shore museum Where naked wax homo-erecti kneel over plastic fire, dinosaurs remembered in stone.    But take mountains, and put modern insurance man (homo-and-auto)...

Arya F. Jenkins

Arya F. JenkinsArya F. Jenkins is a poet and writer whose work has been published in numerous journals and zines such as Agave Magazine, Blue Heron Review, Cider Press Review, Dying Dahlia Review, The Feminist Wire, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, IO Literary Journal, Otis Nebula, Rag-Queen Periodical, The Ekphrastic Review and Voice of Eve. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks and a collection of short stories, Blue Songs in an Open...

Robert S. King

Robert S. KingRobert S. King lives in Athens, GA, where he serves on the board of FutureCycle Press and edits the literary journal Good Works Review. His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, including Atlanta Review, California Quarterly, Chariton Review, Hollins Critic, Kenyon Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review. He has published eight poetry collections, most recently Diary of the Last Person on Earth (Sybaritic Press 2014) and Developing...

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...

Michael Minassian

Michael Minassian MICHAEL MINASSIAN is a Contributing Editor for Verse-Virtual, an online magazine. His chapbooks include poetry: The Arboriculturist (2010); Chuncheon Journal (2019); and photography: Around the Bend (2017). For more information: https://michaelminassian.com THE ROSE CITY   In Petra, we walked along a rocky path towards the rose colored stone temple— just outside the entrance beggars sold ancient coins, swords, and bits of pottery rubbed and weathered to look old.  ...

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...

Liam Murray

Liam Murray Poets biographyThe Death of Neil de Grasse Tyson   The birds deliver their mating calls. The Sun continues to burn. And the World churns As Neil de Grasse Tyson awakens On the terminator line separating The darkened and illuminated halves Of the planet,   He then rises, and Proceeds downstairs To the kitchen, To go about his Morning routine;   His toast is toasted. His coffee is caffeinated.   All is as it is.   And as it is   Is all as it should be.   He...

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...

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.  ...

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...

Fred Pollack

Fred Pollack Fred Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure (Story Line Press, 1986) and Happiness (Story Line Press, 1998), and two collections, A Poverty of Words (Prolific Press, 2015) and Landscape with Mutant (Smokestack Books, 2018). In print, Pollack’s work has appeared in Hudson Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Manhattan Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Main Street Rag, Miramar, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Poetry Quarterly...

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...

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad

Oormila Vijayakrishnan PrahladOormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is a Sydney based artist, poet and pianist. She holds a Masters in English. Oormila has exhibited her art and accompanying poetry in Kuwait, India, Singapore, and Australia. She is a member of Sydney’s North Shore Poetry Project and Authora Australis. Her recent works have been published in Red Eft Review, Glass Poetry Journal’s Poets Resist, Eunoia Review, Underwood Press’s Rue Scribe, The Maier Museum of Arts Journal of Ekphrastic...

Brian Rihlmman

Brian RihlmmanBrian Rihlmann was born in New Jersey and currently resides in Reno, Nevada. He writes free verse poetry, and has been published in The Blue Nib, The American Journal of Poetry,  Cajun Mutt Press, The Rye Whiskey Review, and others. DON’T TELL YOUR MOTHER      as a child his inconsistencies puzzled me hugs and playing catch followed by an index finger like a spear tip in my face as i cowered in a corner, shrinking unable to meet  those ferocious eyes wishing i was...

Aditya Shankar

Aditya ShankarAditya Shankar is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominated Indian poet, flash fiction author, and translator. His work has appeared in international journals and anthologies of repute and translated into Malayalam and Arabic. Books: After Seeing (2006), Party Poopers (2014), and XXL (Dhauli Books, 2018) that was shortlisted for the Yuva Puraskar by Sahitya Akademi, India. He lives in Bangalore, India.Trousers Day is a tunnel that opens like a trouser, only at the ends.   You...

Andrew Shields

Andrew ShieldsAndrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland. His collection of poems "Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong" was published by Eyewear in June 2015. His band Human Shields released the album "Somebody's Hometown" in 2015 and the EP "D馥nse de jouer" in 2016.   Twitter: @ShieldsAndrew Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewshieldspoems/  Chelsea   He put his hand in his pocket and pulled out a never-ending skein of brightly colored yarn.   It was a relief to...

Megha Sood

Megha SoodMegha Sood is a contributing editor at Free Verse Revolution, Heretics, Lovers and Madmen, Sudden Denouement, Whisper and the Roar, GoDogGoCafe and Poetry editor at Ariel Chart. Over 300+ works in journals including Better than Starbucks, FIVE:2: ONE, KOAN, Kissing Dynamite, Foliate Oak. Visitant Lit, Quail Bell, Dime show review, etc. and works featured/upcoming in 20 other print anthologies by the US, Australian, and Canadian Press. Two-time State-level winner of the NJ Poetry...

David Spicer

David SpicerDavid Spicer is a former medical journal proofreader. He has published poems in Santa Clara Review, Synaeresis, Chiron Review, Remington Review, unbroken, Third Wednesday, Yellow Mama, CircleStreet, The Bookends Review, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Gargoyle, The Midnight Boutique, and elsewhere. Nominated for a Best of the Net three times and a Pushcart once, he is author of one full-length poetry collection, Everybody Has a Story (St. Luke's Press) and six chapbooks,...

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...

Sherre Vernon

Poets Name Sherre Vernon is an educator, a poet and a seeker of a mystical grammar. She has written two award-winning chapbooks: Green Ink Wings, her postmodern novella, and The Name is Perilous, a collection of spiritual poetry. Sherre is a 2019 recipient of the Parent-Writer Fellowship to Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and served as the fiction editor for Fickle Muses during its final season.Too Much Shape “Roadside acacias—/ I could not bear them.  All unzipped… ...—curved...

Erin Wilson

Erin WilsonErin Wilson is originally from a small rural community on Manitoulin Island, Canada, the daughter of a trapper and a cook, step-daughter to a butcher, Erin Wilson's poetry explores identity through poems that both threaten and feed. Her work has appeared widely in literary journals such as The Literary Review of Canada, The American Journal of Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Juked and The Hamilton Stone Review. Her first collection, At Home with Disquiet, is due out in the spring of...

RC deWinter

RC deWinterRC deWinter’s poetry is anthologized in Uno: A Poetry Anthology (Verian Thomas, 2002), New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2017), Cowboys & Cocktails: Poetry from the True Grit Saloon (Brick Street Poetry, April 2019), Havik (Las Positas College, May 2019), Castabout Literature (Dantoin/Hilgart, June 2019), The Flickering Light (Scars Publications, June 2019), Pointed Circle (Portland Cascades Community College, June 2019) Nature In The Now (Tiny Seed Press, August 2019), in print in...

Sally Zakariya

​ Sally Zakariya Sally Zakariya’s poetry has appeared in some 75 print and online journals and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her most recent publication is Muslim Wife (Blue Lyra Press, 2019). She is also the author of The Unknowable Mystery of Other People, Personal Astronomy, When You Escape, Insectomania, and Arithmetic and other verses, as well as the editor of a poetry anthology, Joys of the Table. Zakariya blogs at www.butdoesitrhyme.com. A Black Hole Sits...

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...