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Ascent Aspirations Magazine Friday's Poems January 19, 2018 Cover Art: Norman J. Olson Friday's Poems will be published weekly. Submissions are now open. Send your work to email@example.com Last week's Friday's poems are included this week as well, since we were late last week.
Norman J. Olson, born 1948, is a small press poet and artist who lives in Maplewood, Minnesota USA. Since publishing his first poem in 1984 after many years of regular submission and rejection, he has published hundreds of poems and artworks in the literary press in 15 countries and all over the USA. Web Site: http://www.normanjolson.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Three Layers of Night, Ghost Ranch, NM for Layne Kalbfleisch Below – a cold, blustery night on a high desert that was once a sea. Above – stars float like fish in the steady rotation of the sky-bowl. Beyond – violent interstellar winds swirl hot gasses in the birthplace of stars, and old white dwarfs explode into oblivion. Three layers, a single mind. Author of Light and Shadow (poetry): https://doodleandpeck.com/adult Listening Deeply (Second Edition): https://www.amazon.com/Howard-F.-Stein/e/B001HCZ62C/ref=ntt_dp_epwpk_0 The Dysfunctional Workplace (with Seth Allcorn): same url as above, amazon.com Howard F. Stein, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus Department of Family and Preventive Medicine University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, OK USA; email@example.com
Almost Good Enough To Begin With
There are few things more dishonourable than misleading the young. Thomas Sowell
And now we find ourselves at the end of our beginning and this isn’t what our parents promised, isn’t what our teachers taught, isn’t what our mentors meant, isn’t what our ginormous student loans bought and paid for, isn’t our 21st century you-can-have-it-all lifestyle: the high-entry-level position, the bonuses, the promotions, the penthouse, the hot partner, the travel, the yacht, the private jet, the ever-bellowing bull market … (almost good enough to begin with) isn’t demographically distributed, isn’t government guaranteed, isn’t working …
K.V. Skene’s work has appeared in Canadian, U.K., U.S., Irish, Indian, Australian and Austrian magazines. Her publications include Love in the (Irrational) Imperfect, Hidden Brook Press, 2006 (Canada) You Can Almost Hear Their Voices, Indigo Dreams Publishing (UK) and Under Aristotle Bridge, 2015 courtesy of Finishing Line Press (USA).
On The Metro, To The First Ballet Class In Weeks
not in the zone like someone trying to write after weeks, too burned out. The train slides past two onyx. Today should be as cool and clear as the teal pond, green air new as a baby’s skin or under the goose like Mother Ginger, cozy under what’s warm, pale yellow and goslings cuddle
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