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Lynne Viti, a faculty emerita at Wellesley College, is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Baltimore Girls (2017), and The Glamorganshire Bible (2018). She received Honorable Mentions in the Glimmer Train Short Fiction Contest, the WOMR/Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, and Grey Borders Wanted Works. Her debut short story collection, Going Too Fast, is set for publication in 2020. She lives in Westwood and Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Visit Lynne on the web here.
The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Lynne Viti and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
White girl, born in the city, raised near the county line.
hardly any white faces. When the school day was done
I breathed the air of segregation, taking it in,
separate movie theaters, separate stores. I graduated from saying
My black-and-white TV world:
That was the air we took into our lymphatic vessels,
Linda Imbler has four published poetry collections and one hybrid ebook of short fiction and poetry. Her newest collection will be released in late September by Soma Publishing. She is a Kansas-based Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Nominee. More information can be found at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com
The following work is Copyright © 2019, and owned by Linda Imbler and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Ensorcelled Within the Moonlit Eyes of P’aqo
Her silly putty face worn,
The starry-eyed loon,
Smelling the tears, she in the childhood tent
But the shaman has not lost his grip,
Just tell the truth.
She thinks, she feels,
Never Seen So Many Records On One Wall