Exposure with Owls – Joni Wallace


Soft piping of an owl, two owlets, in the pine.

Low violet above, impromptu.

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Holy Ghost – June Robertson Beisch

The congregation sang off key.
The priest was rambling.
The paint was peeling in the Sacristy.

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Many Bird Roast – Rachael Allen

I came in, dandy and present
arguing for a moratorium on meat
of the kind splayed out on the table, legs akimbo
like a fallen-over ice skater skidding on her backside

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Apology from a Muslim Orphan – Tarfia Faizullah

I know you know
how to shame into obedience
the long chain tethering lawnmower
to fence. And in your garden
are no chrysanthemums, no hem

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