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Issue 57 – Flora Challenge

Welcome to the Flora Challenge, Issue 57! Issue 57 is a garden of poetry, with 40 ghazals inspired by cultivars and wild shoots alike.

Holly Jensen, September 30,2015

Welcome to the Flora Challenge, Issue 57! Issue 57 is a garden of poetry, with 40 ghazals inspired by cultivars and wild shoots alike. As a bonus, we’re also proud to share with you Mary Cresswell’s review of Andy Jackson’s Immune Systems. THEY CALL ME “HARDY”—CODE FOR CAST-IRON BITCH./
SURVIVAL WITHOUT BEAUTY:STRONG TREASON.
RACHEL VOSS
WISDOM WITHSTANDS THE BEAUTY EACH FLOWER KNOWS
TRACY FIEBIGER

Roses and gardens have deep roots in the ghazal tradition, and while our poets honor those motifs, they also branch out into all corners of the flora kingdom—you’ll find weeds, seeds, kelp, poison sumac, Monet’s haystacks, crabapple jelly, night woods and deep forests, monuments to mortality, backyard tomatoes, mangroves, downpours, tree rings, the churning of seasons, and climate change within these pages.

In addition to Persian ghazals of all kinds, peruse the tercet form, a 5-lined ghazal, a free verse approach, and don’t forget to try your hand at riddles in the form of an Arabic ghazal! Blooms and buds mingle with Whitman, witch trials, selfies, an ex-lover’s new apartment, quetzals, peris, and even a shout-out to Tom Waits.

SOME GREAT MEN AND WOMEN THOUGHT THEY KNEW THE ROSE./ ONE SAID WHEN YOU SEE IT YOU SEE YOU WERE ALWAYS HOME.
NELS HANSON
A BEE’S YELLOW GOWN
LINDA UMANS
Each season’s passing echoes the song of our own lives. Love blossoms, then withers, only to return with the thaw. The poets of Issue 57 understand this well. We invite you to stroll through our garden of poetic delights!
Contents
I
William Dennis Something Spring is Consolation For
Liùsaidh Riddles for the Dark Herbs
Linda Umans Ghazal for a Flowerbed
Rachel Voss Aspidistra
Siham Karami The Superiority of Mud
Judith Skillman A Maryland Tomato
Suzanne Herschell Elsie’s Crab Apple Jelly
Michele Waering All the World
Nels Hanson Home
Siham Karami Never Underestimate Tiny Hard Things
Alison Armstrong-Webber In The Cloud Forest
William Dennis Name a Weed
Antonia Clark Verdure
II
Judith Skillman Poison Sumac
M. Shayne Bell A Lilac Sprig
Alexander Tokarev From the Heart of Oak
Kim Suttell The Third Day
Siham Karami Don’t Weed Your Wife
Suzanne Herschell Nasturtium Suns
Alison Armstrong-Webber Wing-Footed Ghazal
William Dennis What Mine Comes In
Pattie Palmer-Baker In the Middle of the Center
Sita Inas Mere Nada Florists’ Code of Ethics
Tracy Fiebiger Water Me Well
William Dennis What Time of Year It Is
Huma Azeem Rain and Me
Suzanne Niedzielska Night Woods
III
Jean L. Kreiling The Persistence of Lilies
Siham Karami The Triumph of Roses
Linda Umans Ghazal in the Straw
William Dennis Here in My Garden
Siham Karami My Heart is an Extremity
Sandra Anfang The Floating Kelp
Roz Levine Remembering the Laurel Tree
Michele Waering Of Weeds
Terry Ofner Into the Forest
Alison Armstrong-Webber Persistence of the Body’s Loss
William Dennis Bear Water
Sophia Pandeya Rōz
Benjamin Tice Better Ghazal
Review
Mary Cresswell “Immune Systems” by Andy Jackson

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