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Poetry 4 Winter 2016



The Fading Winter Sunset

  by James G. Piatt


In the vanishing glow of the dull wintry sun,

The cold mist fades into the horizon’s pink hue

Leaving me with only the present: When the

Tide propels white crested waves onto the

Cold seashore and, the brine covers my footprints

In the sand, I become threadbare from the

Curling wind that carves memories into the sky:

The roar of the raucous sea drones on in the

Ears of sea birds that do not realize its Importance,

but I am not immune to the reality of the noise,

It echoes in a place that exists In my mind that is

Forever drifting into the fading winter sunset.


Bio: Dr. Piatt's poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of Web

awards, and his poems were published in The 100 Best Poems of 2015 &

2014 Anthologies. He has published 2 poetry books “The Silent Pond”

(2012), and “Ancient Rhythms,” (2014), and over 660 poems. His third

poetry book is scheduled for release in December. He has been featured

as poet of the year as well as poet of the month in 5 different

magazines, and has been interviewed as a featured poet in many

magazines. His books are available on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.


Nature's Promise

     by  Gary Beck

When din of earthly sounds appall

And all my spirit finds is sorrow,

Then I shall remember 

My strange, serene sojourn

In a battered shack, on a flowered cliff

By the roaring sea,

There, when I sat i thundering stillness

And first began to know the sea,

I heard the ancient ocean call:

"Join me when your days are done."

And I, in ignorance cried out:

"Why can't I descend into your depths?

Now when my strength still surges

And I wish to sound your mysteries,

I am not welcome."

Then I heard a calming voice:

Patience. Mortal.

There are still tasks to be done."


Bio: Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 11 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays (Winter Goose Publishing). Perceptions, Fault Lines and Tremors will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance will be published by Dreaming Big Press. His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) Acts of Defiance (Artema Press). Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). His short story collection, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.




    by Linda Thornton Peterson


A beautiful cloudy day

Green grass and trees without leaves

Streets, quiet and welcoming

Galina, like I’ve never seen it before 


Bio: Linda Thornton Peterson, a Louisiana native, retired from Northern Illinois University as a psychotherapist and teacher. Her short stories have appeared in The Greensilk Journal and Flash Fiction Magazine. Poetry publications include: The Greensilk Journal, The Hanging Moss Journal, the Western State Colorado University Journal and Northern Illinois University Journals. She won an NIU faculty poetry award and founded  two DeKalb writers’ groups. She was an Associated Press stringer photographer and an art teacher who continues to exhibit her art and write.