February 26 – March 3, 2024: Poetry from Amy Barone and Tim Gavin

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Amy Barone

Amy Barone’s poetry collection, Defying Extinction, was published by Broadstone Books in 2022. New York Quarterly Books released her collection, We Became Summer, in 2018. She wrote chapbooks Kamikaze Dance (Finishing Line Press) and Views from the Driveway (Foothills Publishing). Barone’s poetry has appeared in Martello Journal (Ireland), Muddy River Poetry Review, New Verse News, The Ocotillo Review and Paterson Literary Review, among other publications. She belongs to the brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. From Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she lives in New York City and Haverford, PA.

The following work is Copyright © 2024, and owned by Amy Barone and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

PEnnsylvania 6 – 5000

I worked across from Hotel Pennsylvania one year,
in a zone of methadone clinics and vagrants hanging on corners.

Far from its glorious start in 1919, the year of my dad’s birth,
when big bands jammed at Café Rouge and the Madhattan Room
in the world’s largest hotel.

Silent film stars Clara Bow and Nancy Carroll bathed in champagne
and William Faulkner wrote one of his novels there.

Up to the pandemic of 2020, the famed hotel attracted tourists and visitors,
as well as canines from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show nearby.

From early 2022 through fall, 2023, current owners tore down the building,
its massive front colonnade of Indiana limestone. No one came to its rescue—
not the Landmarks Commission or the tax man.

A month later, I phoned the hotel, dialing the iconic number
made famous in a song by Glenn Miller and his orchestra in 1940.

The longest city number continuously in use still worked.

Tim Gavin

Tim Gavin is an Episcopal priest whose poetry and prose have appeared in many journals including The Anglican Theological Review, Assisi: A Journal of Arts and Letters, Blue Mountain Review, The Cresset, Evening Street Review, Poetry South, and others.  Prolific Press published his chapbook, Lyrics from the Central Plateau. His book, A Radical Beginning: A Reflection on the Prayer of St. Francis, was released by Olympia Press in 2023. He lives with his wife in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

The following work is Copyright © 2024, and owned by Tim Gavin and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Divine Property: In the Middle of the Tracks

In the middle of the tracks there was a bottle
The bottle was green in the middle of the tracks
In the middle of the tracks where the train rolled
The green bottle had a splash of mud on its cylinder
In the middle of the track on the green bottle
Fingerprints left a spiral of history
In the middle of the tracks where another train will roll
Over a green bottle with a splash of mud and fingerprints
Leaving in its wake an intimate history
Where lips kissed the opening and neck
Of the green bottle in the middle of tracks
And tasted every splash in its history
In the middle of the tracks


Divine Property: Farmer’s Prayer

I lift these rocks and pray I remain strong;
I pray rainy season brings forth crops; I
pray my cows grow fat and goats multiply;
I pray my chickens produce eggs; my child
Finds a prosperous spouse with land and house.
I pray skies open, close to my liking
and that my hands can pull roots of weeds straight
from the ground and make room for my own bean
and yam seeds; I pray the sun looms
over my part of the plain and evil
spirits flee and run off a cliff like hoards
of wild swine; I pray likewise for neighbors
to deliver steaming pots of coffee
and potatoes and boiled goat and warm
milk and sugar cane and I pray for rest
and reprieve so I can once again say
So long and moan and sigh at the new moon.