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LB Sedlacek has had poetry, fiction and non-fiction appear in many different journals, zines and newspapers. She is a former Poetry Editor for “ESC! Magazine” and also co-hosted the podcast for the small press, “Coffee House to Go.” She teaches poetry workshops at local elementary and middle schools. She founded and publishes the free resource for poets, “The Poetry Market Ezine.” Recent poetry books include “Words and Bones” (Finishing Line Press) and “The Architect of French Fries” (Presa Press). In her free time, LB enjoys swimming, reading, and playing guitar and ukulele. Visit LB on the web here.
The following work is Copyright © 2020, and owned by LB Sedlacek and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Writing by candlelight
The Flyblown Waggish Whipsaw Charlatan
David Holper has done a little bit of everything: taxi driver, fisherman, dishwasher, bus driver, soldier, house painter, bike mechanic, bike courier, and teacher. He has published a number of stories and poems, including two collections of poetry, The Bridge (Sequoia Song Publications) and 64 Questions (March Street Press). His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and he has recently won several poetry competitions, in spite of his contention that he never wins anything. He teaches English at College of the Redwoods and lives in Eureka, California, far enough the madness of civilization that he can still see the stars at night and hear the Canada geese calling. He was recently chosen as the City of Eureka’s first poet laureate and will be serving from August 2019-August 2020. Visit David on the web here.
The following work is Copyright © 2020, and owned by David Holper and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Seven Rides to Remember
The first ride that every hitchhiker needs to consider
One ride to remember is the one you should refuse.
By dark, when the driver pulls over, just outside Jackson, Mississippi,
Remember that a hitchhiker is like a bartender.
Sometimes they want you to drive while they sleep. If they do,
If the driver has been drinking or smoking something,
If the driver picks you up in a snowstorm,
Last of all, should you find yourself