Long time, no see!
(The lines of communication are)
Doing well? Itís been so long since Iíve seen
(A two-way street, my friend.)
You. You havenít changed a bit.
(Your outbound traffic lanes)
Must be going now, I
(Seem to have hit a roadblock.)
Hope to see you again soon.
There seems to be this
Misconception that scars are
Oh, the tricks weíve
Learned from Hollywood.
Can you bottle up a movie?
(The ultimate test of love)
Big sigh. Long pause.
I donít have an answer.
We all just want to be loved.
A valentine on everyoneís seat,
So no one would be offended.
And a big smile, of course
ďBecause youíre worth it.Ē
Nothing works better.
No more mismatches.
No more guesswork.
No more error.
Talk about a beautiful thing.
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The Poetís Conversion
Itís time to finger paint
With feelings, and
Hang your heart out to dry
On a canvas of
Your Technicolor dreams.
Mix passion and perfection;
Pursue ideas born outside the norm.
Fill your pens with the
Blood of imagination,
Write until youíve given ink significance.
This is your call,
Your song of silence.
Itís time for a little revival.
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GUEST EDITOR Ralph Monday
Background and Books
RALPH MONDAY is Associate Professor of English at Roane State Community College in
Harriman, Tennessee, and has published hundreds of poems in over 50 journals. A chapbook,
All American Girl and Other Poems, was published in July 2014. A book Empty Houses
andAmerican Renditions was published May 2015 by Aldrich Press. A Kindle chapbook
Narcissus the Sorcerer was published June 2015 by Odin Hill Press.
Website: Ralph Monday
Empty Houses and American Renditions
Reading Ralph Monday's Empty Houses and American Renditions is oddly like re-
experiencing a vaguely similar version of your own life. The memories may be slightly
different but the nostalgia these poems invoke is tangible. You might find yourself saying,
after experiencing his memories ďI donít remember it exactly that wayĒ, completely forgetting
they werenít your memories to begin with. That is the power of these poems. The feelings
they leave you with are your feelings. That is until you get to the second half of the book
when the rest of the world and all of its history come rushing in. Pop culture and ancient
characters dance together like the span of centuries never existed. Itís seamless. This is
the book of your life. You may want to bring extra air for the elephant.
óRick Lupert, publisher of PoetrySuperhighway.com
Narcissus the Sorcerer
This book is amazing! The author has explored the theme of narcissism in the modern world
and done a wonderful job of illustrating the dangers of interacting with a narcissistic
personality. The book's theme is taken from the ancient Greek myth of Narcissus, a youth
so entranced by his own beauty that he drowned while gazing at his own reflection in a
forest pool. What makes the book so unique is how this ancient theme is transported to the
modern world and updated.
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