“Temptation, and the Fruit of Bitterness,” “Born in Dreamland,” “In the End,” and “Betrayal”

Temptation, and the Fruit of Bitterness Out of myself I stood and looked and saw, so cold, aloof, the very subtle murmur hooked on the astute, dull…


“Old,” “Hopelessness,” “Spring in Us,” and Other Poems

Old They shine on her face, the innumerable paths she treaded upon Stories they do tell, Left unbothered and finished some The skin is no longer……


“Why I’ll Never Be Invited to a Writer’s Conference,” “Imagine All the Forgotten Lives,” “The Cabbies,” and “The Plague”

Why I'll Never Be Invited to a Writer's Conference Fly into the sun teeny bopper fly into the sun rock star poet fly into the sun academic…


“All the Points of the Compass,” “Integer Line,” and “Loaded Dice and Poisoned Candy”

All the Points of the Compass with apologies to Tom Stoppard You could be one of those John D. Rockefeller types with interest, credit and dividends…


“A Life Well Lived,” “Purple,” and “Vegan”

A Life Well Lived It’s fine. It always was, because I’m able to keep going. I can eat and breathe and I’ve taken up an interest in sewing. We had…


Is Yin Yang to Blame?

Must we hate because we love? Or rather, pseudo-love, or maybe go through the motions of pretending we are enamored when we are an inch away from the…


The Dictator and the Five-Color Ties

by Javid Mohamadi The dictator had a nightmare He felt kindness was necessary too.... He ordered the chains of people's feet to get a little looser!…


“Our Nation,” “Graffiti Alley,” “We the Meek,” and Other Poems

Our Nation excuse your choices through a prejudice voices disguised by socially accepted moral compasses reset by popular demand, trends change at…


“Grow Grass, Nourish Dew,” “The Whole Sky Was the Roof of My House,” “Watching Airplanes,” and Other Poems

translated by Xi Nan "The moon is my only spiritual fortune. It is also my only tomb." Grow Grass, Nourish Dew A visitor said my courtyard was…