Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Haiku by Chuck Von Nordhein

you forget lungs go
in and out and in and out—
until cold mists breath

he says chill stills lust
but she knows he’ll go again—
more cold, more snuggles

outside ice glazed trees—
hungry girl eats donuts
fat hidden till spring

blizzard howls outside
frat boy orders another—
puts on beer jacket

Chuck Von Nordhein lives in Ohio, but considers the California high desert home. He desires to feel sand shift under his feet instead of slick snow. His work has also appeared in Mock Turtle and Every Day Poets, among other places.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Haiku by M.J. Iuppa

Blowzy white globes
glow on twilight’s lawn.
Summer’s constellations.

Gold sleigh bells hang
Over the fireplace mantle
A garland of sound

Old sled, sentinel
by the entrance– snow covered boots
stop there, dripping

Warm July night
fireflies flicker in woods
minor constellations

Floating aimlessly
inside a tear
Lost eyelash

Campfire stirred by
whispered ghost stories~
embers glow, brighter.

M.J.Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Her most recent poems have appeared in Poetry East, The Chariton Review, Tar River Poetry, Blueline, The Prose Poem Project, and The Centrifugal Eye, among others. Recent chapbook is As the Crows Flies (Foothills Publishing, 2008) and second full length collection, Within Reach, (Cherry Grove Collections, 2010); Forthcoming prose chapbook Between Worlds (Foothills Publishing) She is Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Minor program at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Haiku by Martin Cohen

Impressions of Improv (a haiku sequence)

(After attending one class and seeing one show)

They start with a word
Then create a universe
No one leads all lead

From nothing a play
Beginning middle and end
And it all makes sense

They know what to say
No wisdom of the staircase
All follows somehow

In middle of scene
Out of the blue something new
Minds and bodies dance

Wonder what happens
When simultaneously
Two ideas collide

This group -- no women
Sometimes misogynistic
Wonder if they care

In flow of moment
Uncensored mind can offend
Can I avoid this?


Martin Cohen is a retired computer programmer who loves dancing (favorites are West Coast Swing, Waltz, Tango, and Foxtrot), writing (but not revising) poems, and solving math problems.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Haiku by Ali Znaidi


ecstasy & pain collide
slapdash memory work
delirium cacophony


a most brilliant intext
to read: Conniption
so eloquent in her face


they break syntax
o yes
the rich don’t pay tax

Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He graduated with a BA in Anglo-American Studies in 2002. He teaches English at Tunisian public secondary schools. He writes poetry and has an interest in literature, languages, and literary translations. His work has appeared in The Camel Saloon, Otoliths, The Tower Journal, streetcake, The Rusty Nail, Yes,Poetry, Shot Glass Journal, Ink Sweat and Tears, Mad Swirl, Unlikely Stories: Episode IV, Red Fez, Carcinogenic Poetry, and other ezines. His debut poetry chapbook Experimental Ruminations was published in September 2012 by Fowlpox Press (Canada). He also writes flash fiction for the Six Sentence Social Network—http://sixsentences.ning.com/profile/AliZnaidi.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Haiku by Chuck Von Nordheim

puddles overflow
paved lots and streets and sidewalks—
rain and rain and rain

ever unfurling
black fabric of fast river
upholsters the night

skies utter lightning
streams use a whirr of water—
few hear such wisdom

Chuck Von Nordheim lives in a yellow house by a green river outside of Dayton, Ohio. He toils as a graduate assistant in the Wright State University English department, teaching first-year composition. His work has also appeared in High Coup Journal and Haiku Journal, among other places.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Haiku by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen

red-wing blackbirds
no two eggs from the same male
well, that’s blackbirds!

ayaz daryl nielsen, poet/editor/husband/father/veteran/x-roughneck (as on oil rigs)/x-hospice nurse, is editor/custodian of print pub bear creek haiku (20+ years and 110+ issues), has poetry in awesome homes including Lilliput Review (ed. Don Wentworth), Barbaric Yawp (ed’s. John and Nancy Berbrich), Shemom (most favorite person ed. Peggy Dugan French), Yellow Mama (check it out online/Cindy Crosmus most exotic of editors), Lalitamba (possibly coolest print pub in existence), ayaz has three collections of poetry in print, blog site is bearcreekhaiku.blogspot.com (which translates as joie de vivre).

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Haiku by April Salzano

on my knees I suck
what started as foreplay grows
in my mouth and tongue

bent over the bed
one more inch would do me good
standing on tiptoe

face down flattened out
dolphins swimming on dry land
riding waves back home

two scissors rubbing
girl or guy it matters not
both would hit the spot

default position
lack of creativity
most romantic encounter

April Salzano teaches college writing in Pennsylvania and is working on her first (several) poetry collections and an autobiographical work on raising a child with Autsim. Her work has appeared in Poetry Salzburg, Pyrokinection, Convergence, Ascent Aspiration, Deadsnakes, The Rainbow Rose and other online and print journals and is forthcoming in Inclement, Poetry Quarterly and Bluestem.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Haiku by Anne Curran

Island beauty
- henna adorns
her chest

that midsummer night
reading through
my diary entries

by the park pench
- our easy silence

summer evening
cicada song
drums the night

Christmas pudding
on special -
'tis the season'

Anne Curran is a Hamiltonian and member of a large Catholic family of seven brothers and sisters. She has completed University qualifications and been a teacher for most of her professional life.  She has taught English, communications studies and English as a second language. She has completed a poetry collection titled 'Birds of Paradise'.   In her spare time she enjoys visiting art galleries and
watching films.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Haiku by Martin Cohen


I carry a knife
When I find the right person
Fingers fall like rain

Haiku? Shmaiku!

The modern haiku
Is no longer restricted
Five seven five - haa!
Martin Cohen is a retired computer programmer who loves dancing (favorites are West Coast Swing, Waltz, Tango, and Foxtrot), writing (but not revising) poems, and solving math problems.
*Drizzle was previously published in the Bloody Ink Anthology by Ink Babes.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Haiku by Carl Scharwath

lonely ocean wave
long travel completed
in a sandpipers retreat

fresh virgin snow
falling pine cone
whispers in descent

silent first snow
hides summer lawn furniture
in stillness

dawn trees awaken
fabrics of fog adorn
outstretched branches

orange crescent moon
holds memories of the night
in her silver cup

The Orlando Sentinel, Lake Healthy Living, Think Healthy and Mature Lifestyles Magazines have all described Carl Scharwath as the "running poet." His interests include being a father/grandfather,competitive running,sprint triathlons and taekwondo (he's a 2nd degree black belt).

His work appears worldwide with over forty published poems and five short stories. He was awarded “Best in Issue” in Haiku Reality Magazine and was recently selected as a featured poet in Ambrielrev. His favorite authors are Hermann Hesse and Charlotte Perkins Gillman.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Haiku by Denny E. Marshall

UFO landed
The aliens were small plants
Other plants silent

Craft lands on planet
Minutes after an earthquake
Methane tsunami

Waiting by the craft
For glimpse of alien
Only a robot

Do aliens dream?
Of other life forms
Forget to ask them

Space not the final
Frontier, recently like the
Forgotten frontier

Denny E. Marshall has had art, poetry, fiction, or articles recently published and rejected.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Haiku by Alex Nodopaka

Egret reflections
bounce on yellow ripples
between branches

Return to sender
for insufficient postage
or postal morgue

Inside wastebasket
wrinkled poetry
lays defeated

Vodka-flavored tongue
wedged in Beluga caviar
savors buried pearl

Coupled letters dance
birthing stunted words
meaning yet to be

Alex Nodopaka originated in Ukraine-Russia in 1940. Studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Casablanca, Morocco. Full time author, artist in the USA. His interests in the visual arts and literature are widely multi-cultural. However, he considers his past irrelevant as he seeks new reincarnations in IFC movies if only for the duration of a wink.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Haiku by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Haiku For My Beloved
I ask for breakfast,
Instead, he brings me flowers.
Am I still hungry?

He Searches For Reasons
material girl?
that was your complaint, right? Like
a car’s a bad thing?

The Plot Thickens
Once betrayed, twice shy.
Says he’s not that kind of guy.
Should I believe him?

Cruel Haiku To A Former Lover
there’s a touch of the
poet in everyone - well,
everyone but you.

How The Artist Sees The World
It’s about the light.
How it slants entire worlds
With its opinion.
Writer/photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher’s latest chapbook is Gidget Goes To The Ghetto. Her “pillow book,” explicit, came out in 2010. She studies with the poet, Jack Grapes, and is a member of his L.A. Poets & Writers Collective. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Mas Tequila Review, Gutter Eloquence Magazine, Cultural Weekly, Tell Your True Tale, Downer Magazine, Bare Hands Anthology, Ireland, The Sun Magazine, Spark Off Rose, The Poetry Juice Bar and elsewhere. Her erotic thriller, Annie’s Sinful Nature, awaits publication.