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Ascent Aspirations Magazine Friday's Poems October 20, 2017 Cover Art: Distorted Glass by Patricia Carroll Friday's Poems will be published weekly. Submissions are now open. Send your work to email@example.com
Patricia Carroll: As an abstract expressionist painter Patricia plays with paint, making marks and then responding to those marks through a combination of spontaneous and thoughtful conversations with the work. These conversations, affected by personal and archetypal experiences, occur consciously and subconsciously. A successful painting emerges from this happy struggle.
Time in Half-Light
In the wind-dance, tree-dance, cloud-dance of half-light, flickers between sun-face, cloud veil, reveal patterns of two worlds where I gaze amazed, sense-conflicted which to choose: the glisten of enticing shadows the glare of too much to admit, accept. I like the nuance of half-truth, half dream as light revives old caves, old haunts and elf-horns sound along the rising cliffs. My spirit dark with compromise, alight with angel flight, becomes that equinox ballet where in a day it plunges out of light into the slow decay of dwindling time.
Katherine L. Gordon
death of the sun, eclipsed – a melancholy moon orb’s of framed light
Sterling Haynes is a retired MD in his 89th year and writer of poetry and zany stories. Many of pieces have been published by Rogers publishing, Okanagan Life, North of 50, the BC Medical Journal, The Harvard Medical Alumni Journal, New Quarterly etc. His First book published, Bloody Practice was a BC best seller. Sterling is working of his 4th book of poems and stories.
In her fingers, shreds shreds of bleached blue linen in her fingernails, hands clenched about her dead mother’s body tightly. It still wore the shadow of her face
Lyn Lifshin has published over 130 books and chapbooks including 3 from Black Sparrow Press: Cold Comfort, Before It's Light and Another Woman Who Looks Like Me. Before Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle, Lifshin published her prize winning book about the short lived beautiful race horse Ruffian, The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness. Recent books include Ballroom, All the Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living and Dead. All True, Especially The Lies, Light At the End: The Jesus Poems, Katrina, Mirrors, Persphone, Lost In The Fog, Knife Edge & Absinthe: The Tango Poems . NYQ books published A Girl Goes into The Woods. Also just out: For the Roses poems after Joni Mitchell and Hitchcock Hotel from Danse Macabre. Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle. And Tangled as the Alphabet,-- The Istanbul Poems from NightBallet Press Just released as well Malala, the dvd of Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. The Marilyn Poems was just released from Rubber Boots Press. An update to her Gale Research Autobiography is out: Lips, Blues, Blue Lace: On The Outside. Also just out is a dvd of the documentary film about her: Lyn Lifshin: Not Made Of Glass. Just out: Femme Eterna and Moving Through Stained Glass: the Maple Poems. Forthcoming: Degas Little Dancer and Winter Poems from Kind of a Hurricane Press, Paintings and Poems, from Tangerine press (just out) and The Silk Road from Night Ballet, alivelikealoadedgun from Transcendent Zero Press Just Out and forthcoming Refugees