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R.S. Mitchell
A Soul in Four Seasons


Sarah Gajkowski-Hill
The Job Poems


Beth Gylys
Grace


Beth Gylys
What the Evil Dream


Beth Gylys
Moonlit Trance


Beth Gylys
Her Faith


Jeffrey Dennis Pearce
Flight into Egypt


Amanda Glass
A Birth


Robert Meade
House of Gold


Paul Stilwell
Hidden Life


Mark Amorose
Caduceus


Mark Amorose
Incredulity


John Gosslee
Purple Wren


John Gosslee
Scattered Seeds


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What The Evil Dream
Do they fall through tunnels,
spinning like weeds in a cyclone?
Do they cry into their mothers’
laps? Do they hurtle down canyons
of body parts: knuckles and knees,
earlobes, blackened livers?
Do they scream or stand calmly 
dusting themselves off, pulling 
a cigarette from a front pocket?
Do they dream only in black
and white? When they smell rain, 
do their minds take them back 
to their crouch in the root cellar, 
an overcast sky where they darted
between frayed tongues of wind? 
Is it cloudy in their heads, or is it 
a blank space like an empty 
schoolroom, chairs tucked in, 
chalkboard sponged clean? 
Have they ever stood in graveyards 
along the grassy hilltop, their hands 
held high to catch the light?

--Beth Gylys

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Currently an Associate Professor at Georgia State University, Beth Gylys has published two award-winning collections of poetry: Spot in the Dark (Ohio State UP 2004) and Bodies that Hum (1999 Silverfish Review Press), and her work has appeared in many journals and magazines.