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Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry. Nearly 200 of her poems appear in over 100 online venues and in anthologies. The natural world is generally her framework; she often focuses on the tension between nature and humanity, using concrete images to illuminate the loss of meaning between them. She is a semi-retired teacher living in Sunnyvale, California.
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Emily Strauss and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Closing the House
I closed up your house tight—
I should step out in reverse, leave
Can I leave it so dirty, unfinished?
Tony Magistrale (Burlington, Vermont) is Professor of English at the University of Vermont. He is the author of three books of poetry: What She Says About Love (Bordighera Press 2008), The Last Soldiers of Love (Literary Laundry 2012), and the most recently published Entanglements (Fomite 2013).
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Tony Magistrale and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The bright true-colored suburbs of white
On a street named Shady Hill Lane,
What We Learn from Playing Sports
The last year that he lived
Anywhere in the world he wanted to go,
To the two of us. And of all the places—
Reminded him of better days
I think he longed for one more chance
Put a stack of chips on six or eight,
Twenty one. Maybe he just wanted to see again
The lights and sounds of Vegas
But each night he was asleep by 7 p.m.
The concrete length of The Strip