March 18-24, 2013: Hillary Lyon and Helen Bar-Lev

Hillary Lyon and Helen Bar-Lev

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Hillary Lyon

Bio (auto)

Since founding Subsynchronous Press in 2000, Hillary Lyon has acted as editor for two small press poetry journals, The Laughing Dog, and Veil: Journal of Darker Musings. She’s the author of 18 chapbooks, and her poems have appeared in journals as varied as Avocet, Dreams & Nightmares, EOAGH, Eternal Haunted Summer, From the Depths, Gutter Eloquence, The Midwest Quarterly, Poetry Northwest and Red River Review. Unrelated to poetry, she appeared, briefly, as the uncredited "all-American Mom with baby" in Timothy Gassen’s 2007 indie-short, "Vote for Zombie." She lives in Tucson, Arizona. Visit Hillary on the web here.

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Hillary Lyon and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Weekend Getaway

from the ramada this could be
Palermo or Madrid
colored lights sagging from the rough beams
tan bikini’d man lying beside the pool his woman
a gelid dolphin doing tricks in chlorinated water
you yet another youngish female with an older
alpha male and a bartender who’s never made dirty
martinis before — all this and a white room
with high ceilings and a bed so big
together the two of you cling
on one side all night like children lost
in a fairy tale — in the Black Forest
wolves and witches forgotten
because you have found the golden key
the secret words to untangle
the happy ending


Helen Bar-Lev

Bio (auto)

Helen Bar-Lev was born in New York in 1942. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology. She has lived in Israel for 42 years, currently in Metulla with her poet/partner, Johnmichael Simon. Helen has held over 90 exhibitions of her landscapes, 33 of which were one-person shows. Her poems and artwork have appeared in numerous online and print anthologies. Cyclamens and Swords and other poems about the land of Israel, and The Muse in the Suitcase, both with Johnmichael Simon, illustrated by Helen. In Moonlight the Sky Will Slide with Katherine L. Gordon. EVERYTHING TODAY, a non-what-you-expect book of poetry about colours with her colour illustrations, is her latest collection. Helen is Senior Editor of Cyclamens and Swords Publishing, Former editor-in-chief of Voices Israel Annual Anthology, current Secretary of Voices Israel Group of Poets in English. She was also the global correspondent and contributing editor for SKETCHBOOK, A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms until it disappeared into cyberspace without a trace.

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Helen Bar-Lev and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

The Beach in March

A scattering of shells
a seagull shrieks
the tide recedes
the wind blows
four crows in a row
a drove of plovers
a gaggle of gulls
a green jalopy
two fishermen casting a net
into the Mediterranean
a heron hovers over the catch
covets a mullet
how can such big fish
exist so close to shore
then gone –
the whole lot
and the beach closes up
tight as a knot

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