PoetryIssue 17 | March 2013

Three Poems by R L Swihart

Inukshuk (Seattle)

Pike Place is crowded and by the time they find parking (on Western)
the sun is out

•  A busking young man tries to answer their queries
re: the boysenberry

•  They wait in a jumbled line to buy a miniature Space Needle
sculpted from St. Helens’ ash

•  B. finally gets the fish toss on her Fuji

Back at the Red Lion (Missy has won again, Gabby is on the road to Cornflakes),
before C. resorts (once again) to invisible ink, he pulls a couple strings,
ushers in a few conscripts, and cajoles a let’s see.

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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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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