Poetry

May 2024, Poetry

5th Annual Mukai Haiku Festival Winners

Hosted by the Mukai Farm & Garden, the Mukai Haiku Festival 2024 received over a hundred haiku from 12 countries around the world. We are delighted to present the prize winners and their haiku, below. Category, Heritage First place:On Vashon Islandwhere our ancestors made home—the strawberries’ scent!~ Geoffrey Philp (Jamaica) Second place:Spring at Mukai FarmCherry…

April 2024, Poetry

Poetry by Ona Gritz

In Sycamore Park A narrow path overseen by a few metal benches leads to the massive wonder  this place is named for, limbs the size of trunks,  and a plaque that dates it back to 1650. Today, beneath that great latticework of shade, my friends discuss  what is known about the communal  network of roots. Even a stump, otherwise dead, still shares  what it…

March 2024, Poetry

Southbound From Donbass

By Ivan SnowaTranslated by Marc J. Elzenbeck I see you on the beach so healthywith umbrella yellow and the sunheating strong and rolling overinto my skin with pleasant panic. You’re with the babies smilinglaughing but beckoning me backfrom the waves where I’m drowningI snap awake and grab the wheel. Scraping the mile marker post47 just…

The Ladder
March 2024, Poetry

The Ladder

By Claudia Hollander-Lucas I love how history can teach us – if only we’d remember it for current times – especially with rising tension around the upcoming presidential election, (re)surging wars on a global scale, and democracy under threat. This alphabet poem is in remembrance of the twentieth century when modernist art-invention, feminism, two world…

After Snowmelt
February 2024, Poetry

After Snowmelt

By Yvonne Higgins Leach From Yvonne: This poem appears in my new book just released by Kelsay Books titled “In the Spaces Between Us”. “After Snowmelt” is my attempt to come to terms with what humans are doing to nature and the environment.

February 2024, Poetry

You in Preview (Paris in the Winter of 1913-14)

By Rainier Maria Rilke, translated by Marc J. Elzenbeck You who I foreseethe lost beloved who never comesI won’t know your favorite songsso have stopped trying to stopthe waves of your next momentswhich will surely obliterate this landscape. The cities, towers and bridgestwist and turn in their coursesof lands forever tremblingin the thrall of intermingling godswho…

The Bear King’s Lullaby
Children, January 2024, Literary, Poetry

The Bear King’s Lullaby

By Jane Valencia, inspired by the song “Binwag’s Lullaby,” lyrics by Debra Knodel Once upon a time, a Bear King lived in a great forest hall in the north. During summer and the time of abundance, he had many visitors to his hall – Deer, Chickadee, Raccoon, and Red Fox to name a few who…

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