Cover photo and design Alex Putney

Into the Dark Night Outside the Master’s Farmhouse
James Mackie

Winter has gone in snow and wind.  A hard
freeze caught the buds blooming and white on pear
and apple trees near fields I walk with heart
raging to slip the body’s knot   to tear
my rooted spirit from its rooted bones. …
The Gym Cinquains
Victor Ocampo

… II. Stairmaster

Junior
executives
do not mind sweating hard
five days a week just to climb to
nowhere. …