April 15-21, 2024: Poetry from Nigel Woodhead and Ryan Quinn Flanagan

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Nigel Woodhead

Nigel Woodhead is a British-born poet living in northern France. After studying in Oxford and London, he has worked in a variety of commercial and technical writing roles. He writes poetry in English and French. Some more of his recent poetry is available on All Poetry.

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

Five Haiku

Parasol beneath the apple tree
Sunray shower rustling the leaves.


Damp cherry blossom
Newly woven crepe silk, Zen
Swollen with raindrops.


Your fingers dancing
Two wooden chopsticks knitting
Wool origami


A chorus of owls
Woodwind section warming up
Bassoon, clarinets.


Pungent bang, you win,
Your fortune a cracker joke,
Plastic fish wriggles.

Ryan Quinn Flanagan

Ryan Quinn Flanagan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his wife and many bears that rifle through his garbage. He is the author of the books Cake Jumping Out of Strippers is Just Vomiting and Other Poem (Dark Heart Press) and Sky Water Gravy (Marathon Books). His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Poetry Super Highway, Mad Swirl, Red Fez, and The Oklahoma Review.

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

Giordano Bruno Smells Something Burning

It is a cagey lake effect way of knowing,
knees drained like bathtubs
of a long and personal water,
angry pills and men of the cloth,
foolish centers of the ha ha universe
& Giordano Bruno smells something burning,
like horses back into a fiery stable;
kerosene arsonists for hands,
what a mess I make of things!

 

Hey Touchdown

Hey Touchdown,
take a break,
take a breather,
the hard work is done,
skip the celly,
your teammates are happy,
coaches and fans too,
sit and catch your breath,
drink some Gatorade,
they will want another
touchdown.

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