PoetryIssue 22 | April 2015

Three poems by R L Swihart

Strindberg and Astoria

I’m on an airplane. Airplane mode. Siri, Oogust,
and a little essen

I’m cracking up over Strindberg and Helium:

STRINDBERG: Absinthe is now my only vice, my last remaining pleasure.

HELIUM: Pleasurrrre!

I picked up Strindberg because of Kafka. Now I’m wondering
about Strindberg’s other children

The only souvenirs I picked up in Portland were donuts (Voodoo)
and the photo of an interesting sign: KEEP PORTLAND

Past the stink of the paper mills and I’m in Astoria. Watching
the patient ships and longsuffering bridge, occasionally
looking back at the houses

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About the author

R L Swihart loves travelling: A circuitous journey from Amsterdam to Poland and back again has just given him a few new beads on his I’ve-been-there bracelet: Aachen, Dresden, Wroclaw, etc. Recent publications include Avatar Review, Burningword Literary Journal, and Rain Magazine.

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Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
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The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok