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Robert Klein Engler
Robert Klein Engler lives in Chicago and sometimes in New Orleans Born on the southwest side of the city, Robert taught many years at Richard J Daley College, until he was banned by the chancellor After resolving a Chicago Commission on Human Relations complaint against the City Colleges, which he wrote about in his book A WINTER OF WORDS, Robert went on to become an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University Robert holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana and the University of Chicago Divinity School He has received 2 Illinois Arts Council awards for his poetry Just google his name to find his writing on the Internet
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The following work is Copyright © 2006, and owned by Robert Klein Engler and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
The Old Post Office on Dearborn
They tore down a marble dome
to build a box of steel and glass In fifty years this, too, will pass Such is the tide of steel and glass.
That woman who fervently prays,
prays for her broken children and that man bent like my father,
searches yet for what is hidden.
They tore the temple down
and rent his flesh and bones We wail our sins before the wall,
these broken bodies still on loan.
The All Too Human Art
We hear the singing of the wren,
and see the bees build honeycombs Chameleons often paint their skin–
but only man can write a poem.
There is a full scale copy of the Pieta
in an alcove of our Franciscan church,
and a lipstick kiss on the white marble
that forms the lifeless leg of Jesus.
Nanette Rayman Rivera
Nanette Rayman Rivera is a writer and actress living in New York City and dreaming of living on a warm beach She has published fiction, non-fiction and poetry in The Berkeley Fiction Review, The Worcester Review, Dragonfire, MiPOesias, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Carousel, Wicked Alice, The Pebble Lake Review, Sein Und Werden, andwerve, Barnwood, The Centrifugal Eye, Words and Pictures, Her Circle, Poesia, Arsenic Lobster, Stirring, Flashquake, A Little Poetry, Pedestal, DMQ Review, Verse Libre, Erosha, Three Candles, Snow Monkey, Small Spiral Notebook, Carve Magazine, 5 Trope, Mindfire Renewed, Wanderings, Concrete Wolf, Rogue‚s Scholars, remark, eye-rhyme, Central Avenue, Red River Review, Mannequin Envy, Underground Window, and many more Upcoming: Velvet Avalanche Anthology, Jack Her first poetry collection, Stay the Lunatic Course will be published by Foothills Publishing later this year
The following work is Copyright © 2006, and owned by Nanette Rayman Rivera and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Took my hand
Eyes of black charms
Sun Moon Stars
His hand holds
My pain .that cup
Of enigmatic universe
Where the convulsive things of the street
At the heart’s edge
Because the heart is lonely
For your iridescence
Is a stab
At the grotesque
Traversing that place pre-dreams
Where sky becomes whatever it dissects
Where flying is just another way of breathing
Still over my hand
Are you an actress? you say
Yes, but not famous like you, I say
Aaah — you say