PoetryIssue 22 | April 2015

Three poems by R L Swihart

You've Returned Without Saying a Word

A cleft between old and new, and bridges like dissolving stitches
between the two. The river (silent from here) is stampeding

Sunflowers on every other plate in every other store. From a distorting
loudspeaker, a white sedan issues the same old slogans,
is choking the streets with dust

One of Rilke’s angels (tired of playing Dark) has retired here
and opened a driving school. The logo is a cluster
of hanging catkins

I cannot stop the boy from running down the path to the cliff park.
Yes, I have a ball of string. By noon his kite (a lonesome cloud)
is caught on the broken tooth of a distant sierra

The Arab arch. A path leading there and back

Another path at dusk. Houses receding. Dogs stretching out in shadow.
The interjection of a black pug that isn’t there, because she’s only

A chorus of inaudible voices. So why do I hear them—fomenting
revolution or taking potshots at an old can of Regret

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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.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
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