Hurry Up and Wait by Carl “Papa” Palmer

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Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enjoying life now as “Papa” to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer.  Carl is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee.

MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever!  To read and listen to more of his stories just Google: Carl Papa Palmer.

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Prior Previousness by Cheryl J. Fish

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Cheryl J. Fish is an environmental justice scholar, fiction writer, poet and single parent. Her short stories have appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream, Cheap Pop Lit, and Liars League NYC. An excerpt from her novel manuscript Off the Yoga Mat was a finalist for L Magazine’s Literary Upstart contest. She is the author of the chapbook Make It Funny, Make it Last (#171, Belladonna, 2014). Her poems have appeared in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry; Hanging Loose; Terrain.org; New American Writing; Talisman; Santa Monica Review; Kudzu House Review; Reed Magazine; Volt. Fish has been a Fulbright professor in Finland and she lectures on environmental justice, activism and film by Indigenous Sami artists in the Nordic countries. She has been writer-in-residence at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and she is a professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. She is writing a series of poems based on Finnish sauna, The Kalevala, Sami myth, and her journeys and friendships forged in sweat, lakes, and the midnight sun.

Cheryl J. Fish’s website, including her blog “Obsessive Journey Girl,” may be accessed here, a link to her most recent flash fiction here,  and a video of her reading “sauna poems” at Gobi Desert Canoe Club Bar in Tampere, Finland here.

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Eustace by Penelope Moffet

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Penelope Moffet is a Southern California poet who loves being home but keeps leaving to go exploring. In 2016 she traveled to Southeast Alaska for the first time, spending a couple of weeks in Ketchikan, where her elder stepdaughter lives, before continuing on to the Skagway area for an artist residency at Alderworks Alaska. While in Ketchikan, in a borrowed apartment, she made friends with Eustace, a slug. While not extremely cuddly, Eustace was the closest thing Penelope had to a pet while in Ketchikan. Before she moved on, Penelope relocated Eustace to the apartment’s front garden. Penelope is the author of a chapbook of desert poems, It Isn’t That They Mean to Kill You (Arroyo Seco Press, 2018) and an earlier chapbook, Keeping Still (Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, 1995). Her poems have been published in many literary magazines, most recently The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Rise Up Review, Light: A Magazine of Photography & Poetry, The Ekphrastic Review, Verse-Virtual, here, here, and here.

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A Ballerina and Her Father in Line at the Coffee Shop by Jim Reese

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Jim Reese is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress and San Quentin Prison. His books include These Trespasses(The Backwaters Press, 2005), ghost on 3rd (New York Quarterly Books, 2010), and Really Happy! (New York Quarterly Books, 2014). A fourth collection, Dancing Room Only, is forthcoming by New York Quarterly Books in 2019. His first book of nonfiction, Bone Chalk, will be published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in 2019.

Reese’s awards include First Place in the 2018 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, a 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award from Mount Marty College, and a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at Federal Prison Camp Yankton. In 2017 Reese became a Contractual Education Instructor for the South Dakota Department of Corrections Writing for Reentry Program.

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Last Dream of Morning by Alan Walowitz

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Since my first appearance on Postcard Poems and Prose, I have received no nominations for prizes, I haven’t won the lottery, or, far as I know, been abducted by aliens. In fact, if you check this link,  you’ll be able to read my still-somewhat-accurate and quirky biography written this past summer.  (Just for the sake of my permanent record, I no longer teach at St. John’s University, though the University and I did have an amicable parting of the ways.)  You’ll also get to read my poem, “Coming Soon,” if you missed it, as well as the comments I coerced my friends (and one of my students) into leaving on the PP&P site. Feel free to leave a comment on “Last Dream of Morning” and maybe you also will get an “A” for the semester.

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Lost Dog Poster by Andrew O. Dugas

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Andrew O. Dugas is a Midwesterner by birth, an East Coaster by upbringing, and a West Coaster by choice. (He was once an expat in Brazil by accident, but that’s another story.) His novel “Sleepwalking in Paradise” was published by Numina Press in 2014 (sleepwalkinginparadise.com) and his fiction and poetry have appeared in Bone Journal, Mayfly, Unlikely Stories, 100 Word Story, LITnIMAGE, Instant City, and many other places. He frequently reads at events in and around San Francisco, including Litquake, the city’s huge annual literary arts festival. In a recent fit of creative paroxysm and questionable judgment, he became “Haiku Andy” and mailed 1,001 original hand-inscribed haiku postcards to as many randomly selected recipients. Odds are that you or someone you know or someone you know’s cousin got one. (haikuandy.com)

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Ritual by Ken Poyner

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After years of impersonating a Systems Engineer, Ken has retired to watch his wife of forty+ years continue to break both Masters and Open world raw powerlifting records.  Ken’s two current poetry collections (The Book of Robot, Victims of a Failed Civics) and three short fiction collections (Constant Animals, Avenging Cartography, The Revenge of the House Hurlers) are available from Amazon, Sundialbooks.net, and most book selling websites.  Visit him at his website.

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Amish Autumn by d. r. sanchez

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d. r. sanchez, aka Debra R. Sanchez, has moved over thirty times and has lived in five states in two countries… so far. She and her husband have 3 adult children, 4.5 grandchildren, a cat and a dog.

She leads writing groups, workshops and retreats. Her writing has won awards in various genres.

Her book And My Mother Cried/Y Mi Mama Lloró was awarded “Best Children’s Book of 2017” at The Author Zone (TAZ) awards. Prompted, Prodded, Published: How Writing Prompts Can Help All Writers and also received a 2017 TAZ award. Her book of poetry, Raw & Unfinished, was awarded a TAZ award in 2018.

Her dystopian play about libraries Pages (Páginas) was published in English and Spanish. Her other plays and monologues have been produced and published. Other works have been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.

She is easily distracted by swirling leaves, melting snowflakes and floating clouds. If you see her staring at a tree silhouette for more than a minute, interrupt her gaze so that she can continue on her way.

Visit her webpage, Goodreads, and Amazon, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Garland Days by Victoria Crawford

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Poet Victoria wanders by inclination and taste, especially in the food courts of Singapore.  Right now, she mooches around food venders in Chiang Mai, Thailand, submersed in Thai neighborhood life, and gathering flowers at the local flower market.  She performs at the Magic Poetry Theatre occasionally, writes in her garden, and publishes in journals such as Mused, Califragile, The Lyric, Hawaii Pacific Review, and anthologies such as Sowing Seeds of Peace and the upcoming Missing Persons.

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Here It Is by Heather Boersma

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Heather Boersma writes, paints, and teaches in Kalamazoo.   She earned her MFA in writing at Western Michigan University, and does art shows around the city. Some of her best ideas come while daydreaming and praying as she runs. She believes art and writing should be fun and is known for choosing dryer lint, twigs, unusual color combinations, and a wide buffet of metaphors. Since her three children grew up, she traveled with her husband to do an Ironman triathlon in Mexico.  Even after 3 flat tires she managed to get back on her bike and finish the 140.6 miles in under 15 hours.

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Seuss World by Jacqueline Jules

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Jacqueline Jules is a school librarian who left public education when the testing environment became overwhelming. As a reader, she devours every genre—biography, poetry, mystery, etc. As a writer, she doesn’t restrict herself to one genre, either. Her poetry has been published in over 100 journals and she is the author of 40 books for young readers on a wide variety of topics. She is also the author of three poetry chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press), Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications), and Itzhak Perlman’s Broken String, winner of the 2016 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize from Evening Street Press. Visit her here.

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Enlightenment by Susan Kelly-DeWitt

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Susan Kelly-DeWitt is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and the author of Spider Season (Cold River Press, 2016), The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press, 2008) and nine previous small press collections and online chapbooks.  Her work has appeared in many anthologies, and in print and online journals at home and abroad. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Northern California Book Reviewers Association. She is also an exhibiting visual artist and has shown her work in galleries in Northern California for thirty years. For more information, please visit her website here.

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Blueshift by Ann Lovett

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Ann Lovett is a poet and visual artist living in Ashland, Oregon. She earned an MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art and taught photography and book arts at SUNY New Paltz for more than 3 decades. She has exhibited her work and attended residencies nationally and internationally. Thirty-five years later she began to reinvent herself and earned a second MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. Recent publications include the Bellevue Literary Review and an anthology,The Writers Studio at 30.

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I See You by Margo Perin

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Margo Perin’s book publications include The Opposite of Hollywood; Only the Dead Can Kill: Stories from Jail; and How I Learned to Cook & Other Writings on Complex Mother-Daughter Relationships. She is the poet of San Francisco’s public memorial Spiral of Gratitude and the Sonoma Area Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Margo has been featured in national and international media, including Heyday/PEN’s Fightin’ Words, The San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Mexico’s El Petit Journal, Holland’s Psycologie, and on TV and radio. The co-founder of Whoa Nelly Press, whose mission is to publish unheard, marginalized voices, Margo is an editor and teaches writing workshops, including in jails and prisons, in California, Mexico and Italy, and online at writers.com. “I See You” is part of a series of poems about people who live in the shadows, with whom she feels a special affinity as the daughter of a criminal. With a father on the run from the FBI, she grew up with a false identity in five countries and two continents and lived on the margins until she found her true identity.

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Take Me to Your Lieder by Ken Poyner

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After years of impersonating a Systems Engineer, Ken has retired to watch his wife of forty-one years continue to break both Masters and Open world raw powerlifting records.  Ken’s two current poetry (“The Book of Robot”, “Victims of a Failed Civics”) and two short fiction collections (“Constant Animals”, “Avenging Cartography”) are available from Amazon and most book selling websites; www.barkingmoosepress.com;  as well as Sundial Books in Chincoteague, where Ken and Karen go to escape irreality. He has two new collections – “Gravity’s Children”, speculative poems, and “The Revenge of the House Hurlers”, mini-fictions – looking for an unsuspecting publisher or publishers.

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Public Paranoia by Jim Reese

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Jim Reese is an Associate Professor of English; Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota; and Editor-in-Chief of 4 PM Count. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, and he has performed readings at venues throughout the country, including the Library of Congress and San Quentin Prison. His books include These Trespasses (The Backwaters Press), ghost on 3rd (New York Quarterly Books), and Really Happy! (New York Quarterly Books). A fourth collection, Dancing Room Only, will be released by New York Quarterly Books in 2019.

Reese won First Place in the 2018 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, a 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award from Mount Marty College, and he has received a Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at Federal Prison Camp Yankton. Since 2008 Reese has been one of six artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ interagency initiative with the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons. In 2017 Reese became a Contractual Education Instructor for the South Dakota Department of Corrections Writing for Reentry Program.

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How You Know Your Aging Mother Needs Help by Margaret Stawowy

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Margaret Stawowy has spent the last five years caring for her declining mother while working full time and putting out a poetry book, Keeper of the Pond (Conflux Press, 2017).  A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she often listens to NPR on her challenging morning commute and regularly hears a commercial from an assisted living facility about the seven signs of an aging parent needing extra help.  She actually investigated securing a place for her mother in that facility as a low-income resident, but learned that their idea of low income was still beyond reach.  After navigating the nearly non-existent safety net for the low-income and elderly, Margaret began writing a series of poems of which this is one.  Her mother died this past July.
Margaret is a Pushcart nominee whose work has won awards from Beyond Baroque and Atlanta Review.  View Margaret’s website here.
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Cityscape by James Penha

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A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. Nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and poetry, his stories appear in many journals and anthologies, including the 2018 Lambda Literary Award winning anthology His Seed. His dystopian poem “2020” is part of the 2017 Not My President collection. His essay “It’s Been a Long Time Coming” was featured in The New York Times “Modern Love” column in April 2016. Penha edits TheNewVerse.News, an online journal of current-events poetry.

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Detroit Home Movies by Kim Jacobs-Beck

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Kim Jacobs-Beck is a professor of English by day, a belly-dancer by night, and always a poet. A native of the Detroit area, she is now, somewhat regrettably, an Ohioan, living between Cincinnati and Dayton with her husband and three cats who range in personality from super-relaxed to crabby-old-lady to hyper-kitten. She decided to pursue an MFA in 2015 on a road trip, somewhere on I-90 in Montana; she graduated in August 2018. A chapbook, Torch, is forthcoming from Wolfson Press. Her poetry can be found at SWWIM, Apple Valley Review, Bright Sleep Magazine, Muddy River Poetry Review, and Rat’s Ass Review, and others. She also loves reviewing books by other poets; her reviews can be found at The Rumpus, Gigantic Sequins, Los Angeles Review, Drizzle Review and her reviews of journals can be seen at The Review Review.

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On the Vernal Equinox by Kathleen Hayes Phillips

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What is the best thing about being 83 years old? So much to write about!  So much happening now and in the course of a long life! Starting to write poetry in her late 60’s,  Kathleen Hayes Phillips has found great joy in putting words on paper. A widow, mother, grandmother and retired teacher, Katy (as she is called), lives and writes in a senior residence. When not at her desk overlooking a busy Milwaukee street, she is out exploring the old and new in the city that has been home for a lifetime. Adventures. Lately those include traveling to Ireland and New Mexico on her own, to the Door County of her childhood, and Brooklyn to visit a new grandchild. Katy’s poetry and creative nonfiction can be read on line and in many publications,  her latest work in Nature’s Healing Spirit, WFOP’s Bramble and The Poets’ Calendar, and Van Gogh Dreams published by Henschell-Haus Publishing. So far the words keep coming and Katy is eager to grab every one of them before they slip away.

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