Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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Three Poems by K.R. Copeland

I've cast (but mastered not) from paddleboat,
the art of reeling in a lover—note
the empty bucket by my side, no chum;
no silvery companionship. I've come

to realize my gifts lie not in say,
luring men like Lorelei on Rhine,
with siren song and hair in wind-swept sway
but rather keeping keepers off the line,

my crooked hook bent backwards. I don't mind
going it alone. The world is grand—
a chest of treasures I have yet to find.
And so, I'll keep on paddling, unmanned

away from shorelines shelled with gray romance,
espy the waves with wonder, as they dance.

Mistakes we make stick to our butts like burrs,
follow us down life paths thick with bugs
and birds who'd rather pluck our sockets dry,
than fly above, innocuously. Why

can't we shed the prickers of the past?
Cruise toward our future thistle-less, eyes fixed.
Has every misstep led to itch and scratch?
A myriad of maladies, from back

when we made our decisions on the fly,
without regard to sticker bushes. I
thought the forest more fun for the trees
but failed to contemplate the burdock, bees,

the barbs, the sharp-edged foliage, the shards,
the beak that leaks us—bleeding toward our yards.

Recipe for Disaster

Start with the heart of a jealous partner.
Set food processor to pulverize.
Add equal parts ego and (well-beaten) egg.
Next, sift together the vulgarity
of bulgur flour, minced words and slivered
intentions, until everything's thoroughly mixed up.
Fold in some photos of a sexy ex
and the pulp of one old overripe papaya.
Preheat oven to 200.
Fill a rusty pan with this concoction.
Place pan upon the lowest oven rack.
The baking process will be painfully slow.
When edges turn a certain turdy-brown,
remove from oven and place on countertop to cool.
Don't be fooled by the innocuous aroma.
Consumption of the finished product
will insult your whole soul's palate,
and will likely cause explosive diarrhea.

* Whatever is left over should be canned

K.R. CopelandOver the years, poet K.R. Copeland has racked up countless international publishing credits, in small and independent literary magazines and journals, and has published three small compilations of poems: Anatomically Correct (Dancing Girl Press, 2005), 2057 (Olivia Eden Publishing, 2013) and Love and Other Lethal Things (Unlikely Books, 2014). She has acted as co-editor, art director, and social media director, for publications such as The Blue Ocean Institute's Sea Stories, The Centrifugal Eye, and Unlikely Stories, respectively. In addition, K.R. has had the pleasure of guest-editing issues of the literary journal Stirring, the now-defunct Poetry Worm, and Ithaca Lit.

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