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Kirsty A. Niven
Kirsty A. Niven lives in Dundee, Scotland with her husband and two cats. Her poetry has appeared in GFT Presents: One in Four, The Dawntreader, Mothers Always Write, the anthology A Prince Tribute and several other publications. She also contributed towards the Dylan’s Great Poem Project of 2016.
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by LB Sedlacek and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Oh little pearls –
Pink rosebuds, silken –
Your tight grasp
Pattern my skin –
A wave of it
Pulling me under,
An emptiness overflowing,
Such a little thing,
A grip on reality,
Mark Mansfield is the author of one, full-length collection of poetry, Strangers Like You (2008, revised 2016 Van der Decken). His work has appeared in The Adirondack Review, Bayou, Blue Mesa Review, Deep South Magazine, The Evansville Review, Fourteen Hills, Gargoyle, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Ledge, Limestone, Magma, Salt Hill, Tulane Review, Unsplendid, and elsewhere. He holds an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins and was a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee. Currently, he lives in Geneva, New York.
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by Mark Mansfield and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The morning air feels fresher here.
they do, somebody’s choked-back tears
each side of a tri-colored bier,
While a boy who used to play “War” near,
Previously published in The California Quarterly