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David Chorlton was born in Austria, grew up in Manchester, England, and went to live for several years in Vienna before moving to Phoenix, where he still lives, in 1978. Arizona’s landscapes and wildlife have become increasingly important to him and a significant part of his poetry. His most recent collection is The Devil’s Sonata from FutureCycle Press. The shadow side of Vienna provides the core of The Taste of Fog, a work of fiction published by Rain Mountain Press
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by David Chorlton and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
On the way downtown
to the next, somewhere to be
past the streetside screen showing
is a fare for the bus
but it’s a pleasant day to wait
brushed from the widest point
Cloud light on the winter grass, stillness
in the cool season
scratching earth and fallen leaves.
their skins on a stone years ago
past Nineteenth Avenue where
shining on the horizon.
Patrick Theron Erickson
Patrick lives in Garland, Texas—Garland, TX to Van Nuys, CA. He used to live in Uvalde, Texas, less than a mile north of the intersection of the two longest highways in the United States—Highway 83 from Mexico to Canada and Highway 90 from the East to the West Coast. With this submission Patrick’s avocation goes without saying. As for vocation, he is a parish pastor, a shepherd of sheep, a small flock with no sheep dog and no hang-dog expression. Or he is the sheep dog, a small dog, with the hang-dog expression. Secretariat is his mentor, though he has never been an over-achiever and has never gained on the competition. He resonates to a friend’s definition of change: change coming at us a lot faster because you can punch a whole lot more, a whole lot faster down digital broadband "glass" fiber than an old copper co-axial landline cable. Of late Patrick’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Assisi; Calliope Poets; A Clean, Well-Lighted Place; Poetry Super Highway; Wilderness House Literary Review; Prairie Wolf Press Review; Poetry Quarterly; Breakwater Review; Cobalt Review.
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Patrick Theron Erickson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
It’s not a commons
a pasture for sheep and goats
a soapbox for those
a common mall
(a not so common stock-in-trade)
a public garden
a place to lull
and not be mugged
a commonwealth for common sense
It’s not a commons