A Coven in Essex County | Beverly

Below is Part 8 of 18 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄  Read the first installment / prologue ◄ Read the previous installment, GERTRUDE BEVERLY The opening of the office door was announced by a smell of woodsmoke and tobacco mixed with weird herbs of exotic origin. The tendrils crept like fingers around the portal and into the […]

Read more "A Coven in Essex County | Beverly"

Filling The Night

Every year the frogs get in our pool. Each night, a grinding chorus, throaty and pleasing, through the window as night falls. They’re all going to die, my husband says, they’ll get sucked through the drain. It ruins it for him. Not me, I love their dark, wet sound. It doesn’t seem so different from […]

Read more "Filling The Night"

The Poetics of Resistance

On Friday, January 20, 2017, I witnessed what will from here on out be known as a National Day of Patriotic Resistance, or, a poetry reading. All throughout last Friday, I would peek at social media (I have to be on the Twitter and the Facebook for my job), observe the juxtaposition of the incoming/outgoing administrations, […]

Read more "The Poetics of Resistance"

Three Pieces of Swiss Cheese

Bruce Levine is a native Manhattanite who now lives in Florida with his wife and their dog Daisy. He’s spent his life as a writer and a music and theatre professional. His shows have been produced in New York and around the country and his works have been published in a variety of media, including Brimfield […]

Read more "Three Pieces of Swiss Cheese"

Shortcuts

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wise. Shortcuts 1 The Examined Life It was one of those tests you couldn’t really […]

Read more "Shortcuts"

The Emerald Lofts

Caleb Echterling makes his own hot sauce. His short story “Haikuzilla” won first prize in the 2016 Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Contest. He tweets funny fiction using the imaginative handle @CalebEchterling. The Emerald Lofts Once there was a green, high-rise apartment building. It had a spotless laundry room in the basement. The top floor held a […]

Read more "The Emerald Lofts"

Inaugural Ball

Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry and interviews have appeared widely in literary journals internationally, including Nimrod, Portland Review, Mandala Journal, Cream City Review, Poetry Salzburg, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Boston Poetry Magazine, and Poetry Quarterly. He has published a travel book, Best Choices In Northern California, and […]

Read more "Inaugural Ball"

Theodicy in Pure Barre

If we sit to work or pray, the back curves in all the wrong places. Take inventory: straighten the spine; tuck the hips forward. Assumption: Lactic acid builds and pools in stillness. Solution: Always move. Bend. Do not sleep. Soldier says, Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy. I say I do not have the strength to rest or […]

Read more "Theodicy in Pure Barre"

To Be Precise

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, South Carolina Review, Stillwater Review, and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Cape Rock, and Spoon River Poetry Review. To Be Precise it occurs to me as I watch you sleeping how you are the result of an […]

Read more "To Be Precise"

Gwyn

Jonathan Simkins lives in Denver’s RiNo district. He is the author with artist Justin Ankenbauer of the ekphrastic chapbook, Translucent Winds (Helikon Gallery & Studios, 2016). The title poem of his second chapbook, This Is The Crucible(LuNaMoPoLiS, 2017), was nominated for Best New Poets 2016. His poems have appeared in various publications, including Epigraph Magazine, […]

Read more "Gwyn"