In memory of Hugh Fox (“Renoir-babe face…”) who was always there before the rest of us. n.b.
a floating moon
a blue moon
in midnight lightning
ALWAYS THE MOON: A SUITE OF MINITURES
by Michael L. Newell
the earth whispered into my ear
something about being lonely
To which I replied
with the soft brushstrokes of
twenty two unwritten love letters
addressed to last Tuesday morning.
— Brian J.Helt
One bluegill among the minnows
Wild things in a temple of weeds
Charred bones from the trash pit fashioned into chimes
going click, click, click
The dog lets out a low moan
Shhh, it’s only the roof leaking
What’s in your pocket, Antonio Machado?
Forgive me, I haven’t read you in so long
— Theresa Williams
Weather report…it will be better in fall
When milkweed pods rattle like shards of
bone. When yellow leaves scatter across
streets gather in eddies like old men in
diners When we walk the prairie gather
seeds fill the buckets When you say some
birds stay on When the goldenrod bends
with the weight of pale finches and I say
what happens to all the yellow feathers I
never see them on the ground
— Jean Tomasko
You want to learn about prayer?
Walk these forests and fields.
All of the green in the world
towards the light.
— Charlie Mehrhoff
waking from a dream an umbrella opens
— Cherie Hunter Day
in my mother’s house
as silver hair falls
in this ink-dark night
— Steven E. Cottingham
— Ed Baker
— Scott Watson
Just legs and a rainbow skirt, Renoir-babe
face, creek-flow hair out walking Franḉaise
roads, why just making it to 65 and not sixty-five
— Hugh Fox
I.M. Hugh Fox, 1932-2011
in the moment,
Editor’s Note: Another stuffed white envelope of little books of poems (4¼”by 3½”) from Don Wentworth, editor (Lilliput Review), arrived in the mail the other day, as they do periodically through the year. His icon/logo of that fantastical creature-image from Hieronymus Bosch is immediately identifiable as “Lilliput.” It’s always an occasion to see who and all Don’s gathered together in honor of the small poem, as I have tried to do in the small sampling above. Given my longtime admiration of the small poem, I try to be as supportive as possible to poets practicing the art of less is more and publishers giving few words much attention.
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You’ll be surprised how much “Basho Ah” Don can pack in 16 little pages with a single staple. — Norbert Blei