March 8-14, 2021: Poetry from Robert Wynne and Cameron Morse

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Robert Wynne

Robert Wynne earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.  A former co-editor of Cider Press Review, he has published 6 chapbooks, and 3 full-length books of poetry, the most recent being “Self-Portrait as Odysseus,” published in 2011 by Tebot Bach Press.  He’s won numerous prizes, and his poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout North America.  He lives in Burleson, TX with his wife and 2 rambunctious dogs. Visit Robert on the web here.

The following work is Copyright © 2021, and owned by Robert Wynne and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Minutes from the Committee on Beauty

Meeting called to order at sunrise.
Light burst from the horizon in ribbons

which lay stubbornly across the lectern
no matter how many times the Secretary

tried to brush them off. Last meeting’s minutes
included the voice of a river, the great face

of a clock-like moon, a live performance
of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, and

one possible answer to the question “Why?”
The names of the Muses were read aloud.

Earnest moved that we invite fire
to speak at our next meeting, dispel

some nasty rumors spread by wind.
Mildred seconded, and the motion carried.

A dove landed on the window ledge,
its shadow stretching all the way

to the open door. Homer moved that the sea
be given the floor, before realizing

it was roiling elsewhere. A red balloon
sank just low enough to be mentioned

in the minutes. The last motion of the day
came from Blanche, who suggested

nothing would ever be as stunning
as hundreds of ants working together

to carry an entire orange rind through
a hole in her fence. No one seconded.

A single bar of solid gold was used
as the group photo for the newsletter.

Meeting adjourned just as the bakery next door
pulled fresh rolls from their oven,

and even the stray dog padding by stopped
to watch each of us sink our teeth

into that bounty, his tongue hung in the air
like an offering, a plea.


Listening to Brad Mehldau

Every note falls
from his hands

like a question
or a challenge

to the rhythm section.
There is uncertainty

to melody, just as there is
in even the most well-planned

committee meeting.
I hadn’t expected a staccato refrain

would impinge upon the bridge,
but here it comes

backed by a tight snare,
a thumping bass, and the promise

that sound waves
emanating from a piano

will continue to vibrate
away from that moment

when a hammer
first struck taut wire

to signal the beginning
of everything

that hasn’t happened yet.


Elegy Working Two Jobs in Heaven

– for Delvin

Every morning now, you work restoring cars
for those who’ve been in heaven so long

they still envision the wet flanks of horses
when they crave the arc of a journey,

like we wish we could understand
endings – the way nothing prepares us

for memory being called into action
without a moment’s notice, and how

we always forget that rivers become
lakes and oceans when we believe

they’re gone. Everyone wants something
different, but you have an infinite supply

of accessories, and here in the birthplace of light
everything shines without polishing.

You smile and check your hair
in wheels that mirror this glittering place:

you’ve gone too long without a trim
but you’ve got to get to your other job

to teach programming to children
gifted with eternity early.

You introduce them to a system
which is universally compatible

and tell them to spend an hour
creating a database for their dreams.

You’ll be back, you say,
and slip out the bright door

to feel the wind between your fingers
as you drive the empty streets and realize

there’s so much left to do.

Cameron Morse

Cameron Morse lives with his wife Lili and two children in Independence, Missouri. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, including New LettersBridge EightPortland Review and South Dakota Review. His first collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His latest is Far Other (Woodley Press, 2020). He holds and MFA from the University of Kansas City—Missouri and serves as Senior Reviews editor at Harbor Review and Poetry editor at Harbor Editions. For more information, check out his Facebook page or website.

The following work is Copyright © 2021, and owned by Cameron Morse and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


My neurosurgeon:

temporal lobe
grade IV


In the temple the dark
chapel of cloudy
morning but also that other
world incessantly
set up against one that is
only temporary

I have a bone
to pick with you


Theo literally holding
himself, his pee

a very busy young man


Children sprout

from my seed

stem cells
responsible for

a high rate
of recurrence


Thought you were a penne guy
now you’re going to go

full-blown rotini


Translating the hand
me down chains
of carbon from sausage

links into neuronal
currents the currencies
of language of


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