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I am 58 years old. Live in south Central Wisconsin. Married for 30. Growing up a “Wisconnie River Rat” (life long resident), my creative inspiration often has drawn me to our area’s shorelines. These pieces are directly inspired by certain badgerland waterways. I am currently working on a Chapbook titled “Rivers, Streams, and Dreams”. I am a member of the Academy of American Poets, published in Literary Nest Magazine, as well as founder and sole contributor to the Poetic Blog Sunset In Cheeseland http://sunsetincheeseland2.blogspot.com/
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by Douglas Steele and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Man of Darkness Ice
The man child
Becomes boy again
Fish smile and say
Ice bound glory:
Near shoreline shanty
Man child of darkness ice
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by Simon Perchik and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
that have no ships, no barges
to feel at home, naked
in the small stones
with your fingers still wet
for her to become water
just to water a single fire
letting it fall away
is hollowed out –you
and the smoke from some plane
oceans, butterflies –you need this beach
to the widening stone overhead
the charred guitar still trembles
though help will never come –your throat
empties the Earth into a few small stones
as if you were going somewhere together