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Lynn Marie Houston
Lynn Marie Houston’s poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Poydras Review, Hartskill Review, Uppagus, and others. She is the author of a book of poetry, The Clever Dream of Man, forthcoming from Aldrich Press and The Poet’s Playground, a book of poetry exercises for beginners. After graduating from Hartwick College and spending time in Switzerland on a Fulbright grant, Houston earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. She now lives in a vintage Airstream camper in Newburgh, New York. When she isn’t teaching English, she tends her honeybees and kayaks local rivers. Visit Lynn on the web here.
The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by Lynn Marie Houston and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Molly’s American Yes
Yes, the roads were torn up after winter but lazy hosta grew in his father’s garden, his mother bent weeding after her nap
We could have joined the carnival, yes: acrobatics and daredevil plate spinning, his hands on my breasts, desire loosening outward, crashing on our heads like blows punishing us for the something personal we’d pilfered
Native to Los Angeles, David Gale is a poet grown out of the open reading tradition and a stage performer since 2002. He began his poetry career performing poems and starting readings in parking lots. He later came to co-host The Verity Room Poetry Reading, The Worst Poetry Reading, and The Lamp Light Poetry Reading. David Gale is a graduate of the creative writing program of California State University Northridge and spent six years as a member of the traveling band The Pirates Charles. These days he mostly spends his time making music with The Paper Tradition, working in the garden, or trying to find a happier way to make a living. David is one of the co-founders of Mad About Ink, a collection of poets working together under the belief that people need poetry in the way we share each other to survive. Visit David on the web here.
The following work is Copyright © 2015, and owned by David Gale and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
I see myself becoming
turning the best-laid plans
I grip the back of my head,
I have to remember to get up
There is so much for us,
But somehow by the transitory,
The power of touch,
I will breathe warm and heavy on you