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Issue 59

Welcome to the bestiary. We’re proud to introduce the results of our fauna challenge, the companion to Issue 57’s flora challenge. We invite you to explore 40 striking poems inhabited by creatures of all varieties—humans as well as our fellow fauna.

They’re a diverse lot, featuring Persian, experimental, tercet ghazals, qasidas—even the elusive free verse species makes an appearance—not to mention Liùsaidh’s riddle. We hope you enjoy the lively denizens of these poems and their birdsong of rhyme & refrain. Fittingly, we round out the Fauna challenge issue with a review of New Zealand poet Mary Cresswell’s sparkling new collection, Fish Stories.

Holly Jensen, Editor, July 2016

Siham Karami The Year of the Dragon
To the Buzz
Cricket Heart
Michele Waering The Chimps
The Pavilion Cat
Karla Linn Merrifield Self-Portrait at Casa Encantada
Brian Koester The Shadows Listen
Freya Jackson Adventures in Shaving
The Duckpond
D. Russel Micnhimer Ghazal #59 Heart Blood
Ghazal #58
David Jalajel The Fruit Bats
qasida #29
qasida #32
Suzanne Niedzielska A Maze By Design
Nels Hanson Dogs
The Butterfly
Lee Nash Emptying the Mermaid’s Purse
David Subacchi Grey Squirrel
Jan Zlotnik Schmidt Light Falls/Words Fall
William Dennis Most Marvelous Animal in the World
You Know Humanity
A Lesson We All Have To Learn
Erika Glass Tying–Without a Pause
Lisa Fusch Krause Sparrow
Kevin Frederick Smith Ghazal of Humanity
Laura M. Kaminski Shades of Yellow
Ed Shacklee Gazelle Ghazal
Linda Umans Possum Homage
M. Shayne Bell My Father’s Horse
Suzanne Herschell Traces
Liùsaidh Riddles for the Raven
Ann Howells On the Day You Were Born I
On the Day You Were Born II
Holly Jensen Fish Stories and Living Weather,
a review of Mary Cresswell’s ‘Fish Stories’.

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