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Ascent Aspirations Magazine Friday's Poems August 18, 2017 Cover Art: By Norman J. Olson Friday's Poems will be published weekly. Submissions are now open. Send your work to email@example.com
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
The corn cringes beneath the turbines’ furious gaze When they were Monsanto genetically modified seeds they thought they were agriculture’s WASP bluebloods who could never be maligned
but in the fields they grow under the bladed overseers’ cold stares Their impulse to flourish is now equal to their impulse to wither Eros and Thanatos with tassles
For their part, the turbines feel constrained by the soft breeze they want a hurricane They want to spin in a steroid wind
The fields of corn irritate them all those redundant rows the dull sameness of the world beneath them
The windmills pray for a field-consuming fire thousands of acres of blackened crop a fire to generate a stiff howling wind
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over twelve-hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for numerous prizes. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. To see more of his work, google Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois. He lives in Denver. Thanks so much for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Best Regards, Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois email@example.com, 646-853-4272 2410 Lamar St., Edgewater, CO 80214
Waters run deep; never shallow. Judas, too, was a lover In between breaths, A facade for what is broken and irreconcilable.
What shall I owe? For me, there is no other; I have nothing left, Waters run deep; never shallow.
Architect of God creating a vision that is pliable, Judas, too, was a lover; A merge beyond the flesh, A facade for what is broken and irreconcilable.
The dangers of letting your soul play with shadows, For me, there is no other; worlds collide and enmeshed, Waters run deep; never shallow.
Find a sunset possessing a beauty unjustifiable, Judas, too, was a lover; exalted above the rest, A facade for what is broken and irreconcilable.
For me, there is no other as desirable, Judas, too, was a lover in between breaths, Waters run deep; never shallow. A facade for what is broken and irreconcilable.
(Writer's Note: Camouflaging the heavens that burn bright. The secrets, they all come to light. Reverie, In all of her glory. Beauty will not be marginalized or allowed to ignore me. Her hidden nature; complex and admirable. A facade for what is broken and irreconcilable. There exists no such thing as "anonymity". Neither in this, nor losing yourself in union with god with just one kiss.) Name: Priscilla Good Bear (Illuminate Steele) Bio: Writer, lover, fighter, winner, loser, dreamer. http://www.shemayrunwithwolves.org/biography.html
Benediction of Irrelevance
everyone said she was so pretty her glorious curls, her dove soft skin shimmering in sunlight
eyes, a beautiful green glassy pond stature a skyscraper scintillation a tall glass of white wine her countenance to imbibe
the perfect woman a life to covet other ladies lauded her wanted to be her best friend
men flinched at her beauty and compelling interment of their love within the folds of her flirtation
as she walked through her mansion of lies she carried with her the shattered mirror of a heart full
Jacob Erin-Cilberto, originally from Bronx, NY, now resides in Carbondale, Illinois. erin-cilberto has been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. He currently teaches at John A. Logan and Shawnee Community colleges in Southern Illinois.
His work has appeared in numerous small magazines and journals including: Café Review, Skyline Magazine, Hudson View, Wind Journal, Torrid Literature and others. erin-cilberto also writes reviews of poetry books for Chiron Review, Skyline Review, Birchbrook Press and others. He has reviewed books by B.Z Niditch, Michael Miller, Barry Wallenstein, Marcus Rome, musician Tom MacLear and others. Erin-cilberto’s latest book Rewrites and Second Chances is now available through Water Forest Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Goodreads. His previous four books an Abstract Waltz, Used Lanterns, Intersection Blues as well as demolitions and reconstructions are also available through Water Forest Press Barnes, Noble.com and Amazon.com as well as Goodreads. erin-cilberto has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry in 2006-2007-2008 and again in 2010. He has taught poetry workshops for Heartland Writers Guild, Southern Illinois Writers Guild and Union County Writers Guild.