January 3-9 2022: Poetry from Mark B. Hamilton and Mona Bedi

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Mark B. Hamilton

Mark B. Hamilton considers himself an environmental neo-structuralist, working in open and fixed forms to transform content, adapting from both the Eastern and Western traditions. He is a scholar of the Lewis and Clark Expedition era. His new eco-poetry volume, OYO, The Beautiful River: an environmental narrative, (Shanti Arts, 2020) explores the reciprocity between self, culture, history, and the contemporary environment of the polluted Ohio River.

The following work is Copyright © 2022, and owned by Mark B. Hamilton and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Cape Girardeau, 1803

Fortunes were wagered in horses, black cattle, cotton, and lead.
They risked everything in disorder.

Fast mudders race ‘round,
fists are clinched with whiskey and gambling;
all argue the odds.

Mona Bedi

Mona Bedi is a medical doctor residing in New Delhi, India, with her husband, her two children, and a dog. She has been writing poetry for a long time and two years back she ventured into haiku territory. She has been published in journals like Failed haiku, The haiku dialogue, Haiku in action, etc, and is the author of Dancing Moonlight.

The following work is Copyright © 2022, and owned by Mona Bedi and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Haiku / Senryu

blooming amaltas
his yellow shirt
has a stain

crooked picture
the way we neglect
our memories

west facing window
the dawn breaks later
in my home

in my dream
I fly above the clouds
to greet dad

new cafeteria
dad’s favorite dish
not on the menu

pandemic
my grandmother learns
to use Skype

under the peepal tree
the street preacher
tells my future

last night rain
hiding in the-puddle
half-moon

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