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Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His theater and restaurant reviews have been published in various newspapers, with poetry and interviews appearing in numerous national journals, among them Portland Review, Kestrel, Cream City Review, Nimrod, New Plains Review, Poetry Quarterly, and Clockhouse Review. He has published a travel guide, Best Choices In Northern California (Gable &Gray), and Time Lines (Nimbus Press), a book of poems. He works as a fine art salesman in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California.
The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Thomas Piekarski and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The Lady Who Waded
The lady who waded in Pacific surf
Spring had come early, but now
She’d ridden a white elephant through
Zeus snoozing as his minions oversaw
she pretended that the sharks
And when Amen came around
Allen Qing Yuan
Allen Qing Yuan, born in Canada and aged 17, currently attends high school in Vancouver and has had poems published or forthcoming in more than 40 literary journals across 12 countries, which include Cannon’s Mouth, Cirque, Cordite Poetry Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Literary Review of Canada, MOBIUS, Ottawa Arts Review, Paris/Atlantic, PoetsWest, Taj Mahal Review and Toronto Quarterly.
The following work is Copyright © 2012, and owned by Allen Qing Yuan and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Staring menacingly at all observers
Claws scraping the loose earth
Rocky exterior grinding rock
And you wonder