..:: CONTENTS ::..

..:: POETRY ::..
Joanne Kyger
  The Distressed Look
  Sunday in the Storm Era
  San Francisco March Against War on Iraq January 18, 2003
  "Not In Our Name"
  Look! new moon
Forrest Cole
  Poem Seller
Stephen Ratcliffe
  from Cloud/Ridge
Claudio Perinot
Jamie Galgana
  Water Cycle
Christopher Arigo
  Catalogued evidence
Virgil Suarez
  Bone Soup / Sopa de Hueso
  In the House of the Birth of Christ
  When Rain Speaks of War
David Krump

..:: PROSE ::..
Han Quek
Kenneth Pobo

..:: ART ::..
Wes Tilson
  Cycling Mandalas

..:: ETC ::..
  Contributor's Notes

..:: ARCHIVES ::..


When Rain Speaks of War
Virgil Suárez


it sounds like the hiss of a viper,
green-brown in underbrush
by the lichen-riddled rocks,

a rumble in the distance, avalanche
of numbing snow, cicada chatter,
hail stitching corrugated

tin above an abandoned shed,
a child picks up clumps of dirt,
an empty snail shell, he puts it

to his ear and the gallop of death's
horses storming over the cliffs lulls
him to sleep.  Nobody's child,

belly swollen with hunger, flies
buzzing about his face, trying
to whisper in which direction

to turn to catch the last glimpse
of this impinged, bruised sky.
How the world surrenders to wet.


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