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Lilies

lilies in flowerpot by the window
and music never written
is playing:
the arms of the night
are raising like winters
and everything becomes silent
somewhere deep inside in the time,
everything is turning into glass:

the stones are in my hands.

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Apostrophe

It is dark. And God is somewhere else.
The bottle cannot make it any brighter. And hell is hot.

Upon this land,
There is AIDS, there are wars, there is hunger, there is dark
And the poets are thirsty.

It is nice enough that we understand these things,
It is clever enough that we can sing, with our souls
Flapping on the branch where even the tiger is very
High, oh high he is, indeed.

Like Sisyphus we keep on going with the rocks in our
Brains, there are no cracks in Time, precious Time, our –
Because we know that it will never end.

Humanity.

Lost it.

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Longshot

There is nothing wrong about the snake.
There is no ugliness in the spider, the worm
or the rat.

nature is perfect,
without us.

all that is impure is hidden within the man.

we got our thumbs,
so?

what did we make of this?

first we’ve made clubs to beat
our brothers down,

then we stuck the thumbs up.

and now we are voting.

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2009

Wind on the streets
of the dark city

concealed people
in the coffee shops.

Sears tower pierce
the rainy heaven

coercing the gods to
cry upon the oblivion.

I observe the world
through my window

elbows resting on
the red tablecloth

feeling distant from
the rest of the mist.

Right now, it’s time
for the unexplainable

to rule the universe, now
it is time for all the roads

to be marched by soldiers,
wandered by the prophets

of tomorrow, stripped by
the unknown vultures,

my time is the ultimate time
given to the crow and the fox,

mutilated by the opaque clock,
mangled forever forgotten.

We dwell in Virgil’s hell,
incapable of living right,

receiving deadly kisses
by the lyrical faith.

The world is a rotten apple
rolling in the endless abyss,

we are the blind worms
driving through the delusions.

Some kitten imagine that it is
ball of yarn, rolling it, playing,

purring, purring, killing,
the insanity in all of us.

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Peycho Kanev loves to listen to sad music while he slowly drinks his beer. His work has been published in Welter, The Catalonian Review, Off Beat Pulp, Nerve Cowboy, Chiron Review, Tonopah Review, Mad Swirl, Southern Ocean Review, The Houston Literary Review and many others. He loves to put the word down and not talk on the cell phone  for days. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Award and lives in Chicago. His new poetry collection “r” is available at Amazon.com

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ISSN: 1095-732x

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2007

January - Roger Humes
February - Jimmy Santiago Baca
March - Graham Burchell
April - Ruth Daigon
May - Anne Fraser
June - Corey Mesler
July - Scott Malby
August - James Keane
September - Maurice Oliver
October - Robert Pinsky
November - Louis Daniel Brodsky
December - Bill Duvall

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2008

January - Kelley White
February - L. Ward Abel
March - Maura Stanton
April - Dr. Charles Frederickson
May - Peter Magliocco
June - Penny Harter
July - Gary Beck
August - Jéanpaul Ferro
September - Fish and Shushan
October - Kenneth Gurney
November - John Gallaher
December - Carmen Alexandra

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2009

January - Karen Rigby
February - A.D. Winans
March - Donald Illich
April - Stephen Ferreira
May - Tracee Coleman
June - Ernest Williamson
July - Sally Van Doren
August - Nanette Rayman Rivera
September - Gianina Opris
October - Judson Mitcham
November - Joel Solonche
December - Peycho Kanev

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2010

January - Louis Gallo
February - Buxton Wells
March - Labi Siffre
April - Regina Green
May - Howard Good
June - Carol Lynn Grellas
July - William Doreski
August - Sari Krosinsky
September - Ben Nardolilli
October - James Piatt
November - Robert Lietz
December - John Grey

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2011

January - Robert Philbin
February - iolanda scripca
March - Tad Richards
April - Katie Kopin
May - Jacob Newberry
June - George Moore
July - Rae Spencer
August - Jim Richards
September - Antonia Clark
October - Tannen Dell
November - Christina Matthews
December - Charles Clifford Brooks III

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2012

January - Anniversary Issue
February - Jim Davis
March - Ivy Page
April - Maurice Oliver
May - Lori Desrosiers
June - Ray Sharp
July - Nathan Prince
August - Robert Klein Engler
September - Jenn Monroe
October - John Grey
November - Andrea Potos
December - Christina M. Rau

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2013

January - Maria Luisa Arroyo
February - Journal on haitus

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2014

April - Rebirth
May - Timothy Walsh
June - Brian Fanelli
July - Carol Smallwood
August - Elizabeth P. Glixman
September - Sally Van Doren
October - Sherry O'Keefe
November - Robert McDonald
December - Gerry McFarland

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2015

January - James Keane
February - Liza Hyatt
March - Joseph Reich
April - Charles Thielman
May - Norbert Krapf
June - Lynne Knight
July - Sarah Brown Weitzman
August - Tom Montag
September - Susan Palmer
October - Holly Day
November - A.J. Huffman
December - Tom Pescatore

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2016

January - Richard Perin
February - Linne Ebbrecht
March - Sheri Vandermolen
April - Molly Cappiello
May - Caleb Coy
June - Paul Lubenkov
July - Domenic Scopa
August - Adam Phillips
September - Timothy Gager
October - Bruce Lader
November - Holly Day
December - Al Rocheleau

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2017

January - Robert Lietz
February - Jocelyn Heaney
March - David Brinkman
April - Lana Bella
May - Kaitlyn O'Malley
June - Ruth Kessler
July - Chanel Brenner
August - Darren Demaree
September - George Moore
October - Joshua Medsker
November - Ralph Monday
December - Howie Good

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2018

January – Simon Perchik
February – Julia Travers

Artwork

Image of bird by contemporary artist, Courtney Smith
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