Time Is A River Without Banks: Ekphrastic Poetry

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We are pleased to announce the release of the Spring 2019 Issue.

The poets with work in this Ekphrastic Poetry edition are:

Misky Braendeholm
Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
Tim Dunne
Alexa Findlay
Christopher Hileman
Nancy Byrne Iannucci
Diane Jackman
Mary Anna Kruch
Sarah Law
Betsy Mars
Joshua Medsker
Michael Minassian
Debi Swim
Robert Walton
Martin Willitts Jr

You may download a copy of the PDF release here.

Ekphrastic Poetry Spring 2019

You’re invited to submit to our new issue. You may find us over at the new site at Red Wolf Editions. Happy writing!


Conflicted Excitement, by LindaAnn LoSchiavo



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Conflicted Excitement by LindaAnn Loschiavo

LindaAnn LoSchiavo’s debut collection is an Italian memoir about coming to America. It traces the first footsteps to a country that would become home. The sense of belonging proved to be elusive for her immigrant grandparents.

“Fit in!” advised her husband. Neither did,
Unnoticed by America’s embrace.
–Merletto [Lace]

Setting up roots would be reflected in the efforts of her grandfather, affectionately called “il nonno mio”, growing fig trees in Brooklyn. In fact the poems about her grandparents endearingly anchor this collection.

Her poems—peopled by her grandparents, parents, her sister, her relatives, her friends–engage us in an effusive warp of story-telling. Sometimes one gets the feeling of being wrapped in a cocoon of Italian babble but thankfully there’re translations to get us through them. For of course one brings one’s own language along with oneself, and LindaAnn’s poems reflect that. We also learn where she got her gift of narrative from…her father! (See “The Wizard of Words”).

Along with her native language, religion is weaved through her personal rite of passage, enabling her to cope with death and the question of eternity.

Where Jesus, spotless, guiltless, is then beaten
For others’ sins returns me to my oyster
Shell, hard home where I dwell with grains of sand,
Intruders I coat with a glaze to make their
Existence not so scratchy, making it
All easier to slip around till I’m good
And ready for that opening up.
–A Little Choir Girl at Passiontide

For us then, the poems are secret musings of oneself, but it is when she makes leaps towards the sublime that “Like death’s jewels, feathers fell from pelicans.” (“Aboard S.S. Guiseppe Verdi”).

Release of Fall/Winter 2017/2018 Issue 12: Memento Mori

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We are pleased to announce the release of the Fall/Winter 2017/2018 Issue.

The poets with work in this edition are:

John Aylesworth
Gershon Ben-Avraham
Wendy Bourke
Marilyn Braendeholm
Tony Daly
Holly Day
Milton P. Ehrlich
Joseph M. Felser
Jared M. Gadsby
Howie Good
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
Miriam Green
Christopher Hileman
Diane Jackman
Laurinda Lind
Arthur Lamar Mitchell
Felicia Mitchell
Keith Moul
Sergio A. Ortiz
Jared Pearce
Roslyn Ross
Margarita Serafimova
Debi Swim
Alan Toltzis
Candelin Wahl
Martin Willitts Jr
Alan Walowitz
Barbara Young
Janet Youngdahl

You may download a copy of the PDF release here.

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We welcome your submission of new poems to our Spring/Summer 2018 issue, on the theme of “Coming Home”.

With pleasure,
Irene Toh & Tawnya Smith
Fall/Winter 2017/2018 Editors

Imprinting Waves, by Jesse LoVasco

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Reading Jesse LoVasco’s collection is like having a sojourn in nature, for it is from nature that her poems get their inspiration. The poems embody the journey of a feminine self in communion with nature’s wilderness, its elements of earth, wind, fire and water (snow and ice), its fruit (corn, peas, pickled beets, beans), its spirit animals (horse, rabbit, fawns, coyote, owl, wolves, bear, moose). The rich amalgam of images calls the self to unmistakably return to sacred nature.

The poems also touch on the themes of ancestry, sisterhood and human aging. The song of the poet calls out to those who have gone on before her.

I will
lay down a carpet of leaves,
make my home in a grove of trees
and sing out from my heart in sacred notes, until they recognize me.
(“Authentic Reintegration of the Wild and Sacred”)

It ascribes the journey of the poetic self who writes these things down, “galloping/
over the inner worlds” (“Horse”), an image that is reinforced elsewhere in the collection:

saddling the horse
of my legs
up steep mountains,
feeling wind blow
the mane of my hair

Often the images hold the reader enthralled, like this one:

The farm woman yields to passing time,
sighs on the chair by the stairs,
her work complete.
(“Corn Maidens”)

A few poems, such as “Murmuration” or “Snow Ghosts”, take on a concrete shape following the birds’ trajectory or simulating a whirlpool.

Jesse’s poems affirm the sacredness of life in its varied forms, all within a natural universe that is home and serves as the end point of the human journey.

Her poetic journey dovetails nicely with the theme of our forthcoming Spring/Summer 2018—“Coming Home”. Watch this space!

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