POETiCA REViEW Issue 6 Summer 2020

Featuring the work of..

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...

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...

Anthony DiMatteo

Anthony DiMatteo Anthony 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...

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...

Sandy Green

Sandy Green Poets biographyAnyone Home?     Stardust-covered telescope stands beside the door and waits to unfold its legs point its face toward the sprinkled sky squeeze the stars and chip-faced moon into its optical tube draw the children to stoop and squeal discover other exothermic bundles of gases in the sky ignore a creature peering down its eyepiece at us.    

Sue

Sue Poets biography [besides, near by] / [reach, attain]   At the edge of things: after words and before, it is enough. Enough to be out of the place where words failed me. Enough, to enter the possibility of words. The fire still a warming kind. The light dim. At the edge of things, the company, oh, the company. How they walked on water. How they owned their words and how I could listen, how I could roll a few of theirs on my own tongue. How they welcomed me. Enough, these ramparts of their...

Sarah A. Letinger

Sarah A. LetingerSarah A. Etlinger is an English professor who resides in Milwaukee, WI, with her family. A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, she is author of two chapbooks (Never One for Promises, Kelsay Books 2018) and the forthcoming Little Human Things (Clare Songbirds). In addition to poetry, interests include cooking, baking, traveling, and learning to play the piano. Find her poetry at www.sarahetlinger.com and on Twitter at @drsaephd. RehearsalThe sky is smoky milk: it will rain...

Phoebe Marrall

Phoebe Marrall  Phoebe Marrall, orphaned at the age of nine, was a survivor of The Depression and of a grueling childhood. When she died in 2017 at the age of eighty-four, her daughters Jane Hendrickson and Camille Komine inherited hundreds of poems she had written. They remained unpublished during her lifetime, but it is the intention of her daughters that a collection be compiled for readers to appreciate. “Relief, Have You a Name?” is currently a work in progress, being edited by Gayle...

Michael McCormic

Michael McCormicMichael McCormick's award-winning fiction, poetry, and articles have appeared in many journals and anthologies. He is currently writing an urban fantasy novel. Mike belongs to the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA), Codex Writers Group, League of Minnesota Poets (LOMP), and The Loft Literary Center. Mike & his wife Laura split their time between Saint Paul, Minnesota and Lake Superior. They enjoy travel, hiking, Tai Chi, and...

Bob Meszaros

Bob Meszaros Poets biography The Scenic Overlook     No bucket seats; no seat restraints; it is nineteen fifty-nine, and we are parked on West Rock Ridge, on Baldwin Drive.   Our overlook is empty; the Hudson’s grill is pressed against the wood and wire guardrail; it is pointing, upward, at the sky.   Red-faced and out of breath, my right arm curled around your sun-browned shoulders, we are waiting for the night.      *   Closed to traffic and young lovers,  weeds now fill the cracks around ...

Frank C. Modica

Frank C. Modica Frank C Modica is a retired teacher who taught children with special needs for over 34 years.  His writing is animated by interests in history, geography, and sociology. Frank’s short story “Homemade” was selected as an Honorable Mention in the Midway Journal 2017 -1000 Below Flash Prose and Poetry contest. His poem “Rainbow Bus” was the 2017 Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Transit District  Poem Contest winner and was featured on all the local buses for a month. His work has...

Richard L. Ratliff

Richard Ratliff Richard L Ratliff is a baby boomer, born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. His midwest ties have built the foundation and setting for his poetry. He is a Purdue University graduate with two years of engineering turned into a degree in English Literature. All of these eclectic combinations have given him a career as a boiler and combustion expert and poet. He has over two dozen published poems and thee books on Amazon  Mountain    Can a memory that lasts and lasts Become...

Shana Ross

Shana Ross Shana Ross is a poet and playwright with a BA and MBA from Yale University.  She bought her first computer working the graveyard shift in a windchime factory, and now pays her bills as a consultant and leadership expert. Since resuming her writing career in 2018, she has accumulated over 40 publication credits, including Anapest Journal, Chautauqua Journal, Ghost City Review, Mad Scientist Journal, The Sunlight Press, and Writers Resist.   She is the recipient of a 2019...

Jennifer Jordán Schaller

Jennifer Jordán Schaller My poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from Tiny Seed Literary Magazine, Literary Mama, Cutbank, Creative Nonfiction, Ascent (this essay was nominated for a Pushcart), Sonora Review, among other places. And I had a radio story on This American Life. I teach English and college writing in Albuquerque. Vagina as Top Hat   I choose you first,  my favorite game  piece in Monopoly.  With your full crown,  you match my frock  coat made of black  silk;...

Richard Stuecker

Richard Stuecker Richard Stuecker is a poet and writer who graduated from Duke University in 1970. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he is a student at the Bluegrass Writer’s Studio MFA program at Eastern Kentucky University. His poems have appeared in or been accepted by Tilde, Former People, Pegasus, Main Street Rag and District Lit; creative nonfiction in Hippocampus, Connotation Press, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Crambo, Louisville Magazine and Delmarva Review; book reviews in the Louisville...

Abisiama Udorn

Abisiama Udorn Abasiama Udom is a poet and writer. She currently is studying Education and has interests in matters of the afterlife, human nature, politics and creativity. When not writing Abasiama is sleeping, dancing or causing trouble. She can be found on Twitter @AneuPoet WE DO NOT BELONG.     With eyes to see beyond the day, hands with the speed of the tiger I know for certain, we do not belong here where mortals dance and play living for pleasure daily. We do not belong in the...

Alla Vilnyansky

Alla VilnyanskyAlla Vilnyanskaya was born in the Ukraine and raised in the U.S. She came to Philadelphia in 1989 with her parents. She holds an MA from Miami University and an MFA from Columbia University. Her work has been published in several online and print journals. She is currently working on her first full length book of poetry                  Mise-en-scène   As with Andy Warholsomething broke, was lost, given away.Squandered: abandonedleft...