June 6-12, 2016: Poetry from Joan Colby and Tomás Sánchez Hidalgo

​Joan Colby and ⁣Tomás Sánchez Hidalgo

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​Joan Colby
JoanMC@aol.com

Bio (auto)

Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review,etc. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She has published 16 books including Selected Poems” from FutureCycle Press which received the 2013 FutureCycle Prize and “Ribcage” from Glass Lyre Press which has been awarded the 2015 Kithara Book Prize.Colby is also a senior editor of FutureCycle Press and an associate editor of Kentucky Review. Visit Joan on the web here. See her books on Amazon here.

The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by ​Joan Colby and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Finger of Birth Strangled Babe

Macbeth

Cord twisted on the throat.
Blue and bloated, not
The child they’d hoped
Would absolve them,
Divine the split between
Desire and abnegation.

The sonogram providing
No cautionary film
Of what might occur,
They discard. That coiled
Shape, that promise,
A tiny finger discernible,
How it clutched
At their hearts, turning
Them face to face.

Now they face
A crib of ashes, pellets
Of finger bone, carried off
In a soft blanket, a stranger
Who will never know them.

 

 

 



⁣Tomás Sánchez Hidalgo
tsanchez3@hotmail.com

Bio (auto)

TS Hidalgo (43 of Madrid, Spain) holds a BBA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), a MBA (IE Business School), a Master in Creative Writing (Hotel Kafka) and a Certificate in Management and the Arts (New York University). His works have been published in magazines like, among others, Otoliths, By&By, Poems-For-All, Clementine, The Unrorean, Alien Mouth, Haggard&Halloo, Trascendent Zero and Crack the Spine, and has been winner of prizes like Criaturas feroces (Editorial Destino) and Pandora Magazine in short story or finalist at Festival Eñe in novel. He has developed his career in finance and stock-market.

The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by ⁣Tomás Sánchez Hidalgo and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Ladders in Spain

First,
check the ladder´s closure,
next, place it firmly against the tree;
when you get to the top,
never look fixed face to the sun,
nor the clouds neither
(or you get dizzy).
Now, you simply look into the distance,
had you seen them before?,
builders!:
yes, they are builders!:
they seem today a worn book of hymns.
Obviously, someone has tampered
the ladder´s closure
(and 23 forgotten monuments
of a country that no longer exists
and seem to come from the future).