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Catfish McDaris’ most infamous chapbook is Prying with Jack Micheline and Charles Bukowski. His best readings were in Paris at the Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore and with Jimmy"the ghost of Hendrix"Spencer in NYC on 42nd St. He’s done over 20 chaps in the last 25 years. He’s been in the New York Quarterly, Slipstream, Pearl, Main St. Rag, Café Review, Chiron Review, Zen Tattoo, Wormwood Review, Great Weather For Media, Silver Birch Press, and Graffiti and been nominated for 15 Pushcarts, Best of Net in 2010 and 2013, he won the Uprising Award in 1999, and won the Flash Fiction Contest judged by the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2009. Catfish McDaris has been published widely. In The Louisiana Review, George Mason Univ.Press, and New Coin from Rhodes Univ. in South Africa. He’s recently been translated into French, Polish, Swedish, Arabic, Bengali, Tagalog, and Esperanto. His 25 years of published material is in the Special Archives Collection at Marquette Univ. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin..
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Suzanne O’Connell and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Bird House Poet
My pal, Tony died in March
His son, Roy rode a Harley, last
They are survived by Lorraine, a
I thought of all the birdhouses I
I told Lorraine about the finches,
Watching over her to keep her safe.
Dreaming of Paris
Intense sheer walls painted
Searching for silver spoon to
Dangerous peacocks in a raspberry
Rainbow cutthroat trout leaping
Thinking about the dancer at the
Jill Dalenberg Thompson
Jill Dalenberg Thompson is an aspiring writer living in Gaylord, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1980, with a BS in Actuarial Science. After fifteen years as a consultant, she obtained a MA in Education from Michigan State University and moved to northern Michigan to teach mathematics. Her 2006 research on assessing mathematical reasoning made its way through the public domain, where it can still be found with enough diligence. In 2014, she retired from teaching and completed UC Berkeley Extension’s certificate program in Writing. She is presently working on a book about teaching.
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Jill Dalenberg Thompson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
I have no coffee shop,
Sometimes I stare at empty paper,
Sometimes I type them
Sometimes I seek them
Something tells me
I hid them once
Now they’ve disappeared.
Perhaps they ran out
It’s easy to blame the place.
I stood yesterday
I waited a long time