September 16-22, 2013: Thomas Piekarski and Hannah Dow

Thomas Piekarski and Hannah Dow

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Thomas Piekarski

Bio (auto)

Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His theater and restaurant reviews have been published in various newspapers, with poetry and interviews appearing in numerous national journals, among them Portland Review, Main Street Rag, Kestrel, Scarlet Literary Magazine, Cream City Review, Nimrod, Penny Ante Feud, New Plains Review, Poetry Quarterly, The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry, and Clockhouse Review. He has published a travel guide, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems. He lives in Marina, California.

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Thomas Piekarski and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Somewhere in the unknown cosmos cling
love, grace, consciousness, karma–the world
mirrored, subjective.
And the image of an angel with arms
outstretched, like a womb wanting
everything it isn’t.

Fortunately I survived the bullseye hit
I just absorbed from a nuclear bomb.

It could have been a disaster had I failed
to release the stress of manifold universes.

We were mating, creating space between
the distance space must travel away.

We had destinies together, unspoken vows,
a wow factor incalculably inventive.

Orgasm after orgasm in every port
she owns, every orifice and hole.

The Shrink

"You talk about joy and motherly love as though
they were prosthetics. Simply being a grandma
doesn’t qualify as having heart and compassion."

"We watch TV or TiVo shows, then go shower
together, both thinking of alternate loves, some
past, some we’d just rather be showering with."

Hannah Dow

Bio (auto)

Hannah Dow is a second year graduate student in English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Originally from New Hampshire, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a degree in English and concentration in creative writing. She hopes to pursue her MFA in poetry after finishing her Masters degree and has been published in literary magazines such as Literary Laundry and Peregrine. Hannah enjoys cooking, running, and anything having to do with unicorns.

The following work is Copyright © 2013, and owned by Hannah Dow and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

The Coffee Mill

The tin surface shows only a trace
of rust, the green paint
on the cast iron part is missing.
All systems are functioning well, and so
the antique coffee grinder is sold

to the lady in the red hat—
five-hundred-twenty dollars
to ensure that every next morning
becomes every lived morning
of her great-great-grandmother’s life:

a hand wrinkling more with
each turn of the wooden handle,
a hand warming itself with cups of coffee,
a hand trying to recall how it felt
to be turned by another’s hand.

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