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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
Fortunately I survived the bullseye hit
It could have been a disaster had I failed
We were mating, creating space between
We had destinies together, unspoken vows,
Orgasm after orgasm in every port
"You talk about joy and motherly love as though
"We watch TV or TiVo shows, then go shower
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
to the lady in the red hat—
a hand wrinkling more with