Featured PoemEditor's Choice

this month's poem is

Wallets and Wallowings

by Pamelyn Casto

read it in Prose & Form Poetry

Featured Poem - Editor's choice


Pamelyn Casto has articles on flash fiction in Writer's Digest, Fiction Southeast, OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letter, Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading, and Critical Insights: Flash Fiction.

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Featured Poem

The Beggar


Pantyhose, little ones like stars,

           black fishnet.

When money ran out, we wanted to go to Mars,

           with vapid inhalations;

all night ticks in my head.

          The seaman asked

was I going dead?

Beautiful son, because I can’t hear you,

          a mirror hides on the wall made of straw;

the black flies fall from the sky too—

          like pennies from heaven drowning in icicles,

rattling the beggar on the corner,

          waiting like a first grader 

on a motorcycle,

          ready to bound outward 

into the snowy sand

          like a blind man, after removing his glass eye.

My lovely bright spirit, show me your sweet, sticky hands;

          fear the dead not in this life, but let them be afraid for you

sparkly one, whose great cat is dancing in absence tonight, so bye.



Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich

A Waterfall 1910 by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925)

Winter Waterfall by Tyler Galbraith

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A.M. Juster, the Poetry Editor for First Things and @amjuster on Twitter, has had work published in Poetry, Paris Review, The Hudson Review, Rattle, and many other journals. Paideia Institute Press has just published his ninth book, John Milton’s The Book of Elegies, which is available at: 

amazon.com/John-Miltons-Book-Elegies-Translated by AM Juster

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