Cover Art for Gargoyle #68: House (collage, 2004 — front cover) and Reduction (collage, 2005 — back cover) by Star Black.





Nancy Naomi Carlson • Until I Die of Something Else

Irene Fick • The Wishful Entrepreneur

Chelsea Morningstar • Bubbles

Daniel Mueller • Antivenom

D.E. Steward • Off the Beach

Debbie Urbanski • Verb (Usually Used with Object)

Kelli Allen • An Asterisk for the Weather
   • The Mountain Loon Tells a Story for Lovers

David Alpaugh • Secret/Life
  • Miles/Fucker

Jocko Benoit • Filtered Sunlight
  • All Out of Bubble Gum
  • Godzilla vs. the Economist

Roy Bentley • Zenowich and Raymond Carver

Shinjini Bhattacharjee • Polaroid
  • Paper Theatre

Paula Bonnell • Park Street Station

Ann Bracken • The Mental Health Box
  • Branded

Shirley J. Brewer • Wedding Dress
  • Annie O

Chris Bullard • Ode to Stupidity

Doritt Carroll • EEG

Anne Champion & Jenny Sadre-Orafai • Spell for the Hive
  • Spell for Drained Public Pools
  • The Gone, the Disappeared

Alan Chazaro • Pi.ata Theory #2
  • Leaving Footprints on Waterfalls
  • Using Google Translation in Mexico

Grant Clauser • Coat of Arms
  • Ode to the Half-Dead Bear on the Way to Defiance

Katharine Coles • Fine Dining
   • Endure

Robert Cooperman • The Newlyweds

Kathleen Corcoran • Cures and Charms

Barbara Crooker • Martini
  • Why I Love Being Married to a Chemist

Gregory Crosby • Walking Away From Explosions in Slow Motion

Dana Curtis • Bedroom Lights

Jim Daniels • Elegy for Phone Booth
  • Phone Booth, Eight Mile and Ryan

Mark DeCarteret • Nerval
  • Not to One’s Taste
  • The One Absent from All

Barbara DeCesare • Poem Employing Somewhat Cheap Metaphor to Describe My Anxiety about Public Performance
  • Other Son

Matt Dennison • Barbarians

Deborah Elliott Deutschman • The Last Generation Before Zyprexa
  • Night Library: Marcel Broodthaers

Liz Dolan • White Space

M. Scott Douglass • Finding Iowa
  • Math Don’t Lie
  • Sunset Over Suburbia
  • You Know These Roads

George Drew • Romancing Lamentation on the Ides of March

David Ebenbach • Not Long After the War, There Was Another War
  • Be the Change
  • Hanukkah
  • Disappearing Cities

Kari Ann Ebert • I Caught a Train to Dublin Once
   • By Chance One Night, I Met a Man Named Sunday

Meg Eden • Purity Conference
  • North Carolina Historic Home Festival

Cathryn Essinger • Namaste

Dave Essinger • Poetry à Bears

Jean Esteve • Bubbleland

Lane Falcon • Crescent

Gary Fincke • Contagious (A Sequence)

Jared Frank • The Following Program Contains Theatrical Recreations
  • The Growing Season

Christien Gholson • Bodies, Waiting
   • Job Interview

Sid Gold • Point
  • Three
  • Dream

Eric Greinke • Summertime Blues

Jim Gross • The Let Go
   • The Light Applause
   • One for the Ph.D.
   • One for Bukowski

Michael Gushue • Ennui

Hedy Habra • Or How Could he Ever Win the Heart of Any Woman?
   • Vanishing Point

Alan Harawitz • Eternal Paradise
   • Sexy Names

Johnny Hartner • Attack of the 50-Foot Woman Redux
   • Welcome to My Kibosh

Timothy Houghton • Hoarding

J. Howard • Application: More Than the Sum of Things

Nancy Iannucci • My Love in Ring Years

Donald Illich • Temporarily Human

Bruce A. Jacobs • Perfect Game
   • Playing Footsie
   • Relief

Brad Johnson • Buddha Looking Thin

Jeffrey N. Johnson • The Immigrant

Richard Jones • The Hayrick

George Kalamaras • Tonight at the Five Spot
   • So Many Roads
   • Bread Enough
   • Lantern-Lit
   • Lost Heart of the Hound
   • Just When I Thought I’d Finished Describing All the Photos of the President’s Hounds, I Come Across This Shot of a Reporter and Johnson’s Dog, Him

Stephen Kessler • On Bookshop Slopes
   • Garage Elegies 22
   • Garage Elegies 8

Rose Knapp • Poie e Sista
   • Harper’s Poem #1

Luisa Kolker • Artemis in Taos
  • D.H. Lawrence Memorial
  • White Shell Woman
  • The Tearing Apart

Laurie Kolp • Bumper Stickers

Beth Konkoski • Winter Rounds

Lyn Lifshin • From Lips, Blues, Blue Lace: On the Outside
  • Upstate NY, in the House I’m in Rarely These Last 12 Years
  • Nothing Gold Can Fly
  • How Unlike Frost’s Country, Virginia Square
  • Hot Muggy Afternoon on Main Street
  • On the Day of the Bombing
  • The Mad Girl Dreams of Morocco
  • The Sadness, the Beauty of White Trillium

Edwin Madrid • Young Lady at Lunch
  • Any Other Flesh
  • Turkey Dead for Love
  • Word Pepper

Saundra Rose Maley • All the Sun in a Golden Cup
   • Miss America, 1951

Stephen Malin • Morning Drill

Aoife Mannix • Reconstruction
  • How To Go
  • Paranoia
  • Simple Directions

Michael Mark • Goodbye to the Tecopa Pupfish

Richard Martin • Pathetic Love Poem

Susan H. Maurer • Orlando 2016

Miles David Moore • Man on Terrace with Wine, Recalling a Line from Hermann Hesse

Elisabeth Murawski • Portrait: Mademoiselle Boissi.re Knitting
   • Unexpected Point of Intersection

Sheryl L. Nelms • Summer Was

Amanda Newell • Elastration
   • The Black and White of Him in His Wetsuit

Annette Oxindine • On Matter

January Pearson • Cold Ease

Kate Peper • Love Is an Airborne Thing
   • What the Witch Told Me

Michael Pontacoloni • Happy Birthday

Barbara Ann Porte • Why Old Women Leave Their Money to Art Museums

Ana Prundaru • Away
   • Indian Summer

Kathleen M. Quinlan • Ritornello

Charles Rammelkamp • Swann’s Way
   • Tyranny Has a Witness

Michael Ratcliffe • Thoughts While Sitting Along the Lower Potomac

Alan C. Reese • A Station of the Cross

Virginia Smith Rice • pre : light
  • Derelict, Kerosene
  • Glass Flight
  • Begin with a Diamond (Weld, Welt)

William Rivera • In Love

Kim Roberts • The Fiji Merman

Stephen R. Roberts • Pineapple Western with Slow Posse

Cathryn Shea • A Marriage Next Door

Gregory Sherl • In the Dining Hall at the OCD Center at Cedar Ridge

Gary Stein • The Stuttering Anesthesiologist
   • Teegarden’s Star

Kurt Steinwand • Pantone Library of Color
   • Free Huey

Holly Stone • The Little Snow Globe Place in Our Society

Adrienne Su • Home Baker
   • Mobility

Marc Swan • Wild West

Jason Tandon • Memory

Adam Tavel • How to Write a Nature Poem
   • Smear

Sally Toner • Prom Afternoon
   • When Your Healthiest Relationship Is with the GPS

Erick Verran • Maiden Voyage

Michael Waters • McSorley’s (1969)
   • Psychological Sit-Up

Anne Pierson Wiese • Bird on Barck Street
   • Out of Reach

Pamela Murray Winters • Oliver Schroer’s Last Invention
  • Fifty-Five
  • Carom
  • Altogether

Rob Winters • Make Way for Ducklings

Valerie Wohlfeld • Hive
   • Horse Latitudes

Emma Sky Wolf • Familiar

Michele Wolf • Runaway
   • Homeless

Andrea Wyatt • Mark Rothko’s Paintings
   • Galesville
   • 1919

Ed Zahniser • No More Duct Tape Solutions
   • Dear Heloise, Dear Abby, Dear Someone
   • If They Ask You

Isaac James Baker • Bury Me in Smoke

Tom Ball • At the Disturbing Goat Bar

Lucy Biederman • A Cabinet

Linda Blaskey • Breath

Charles Ciccoretti • Hey

Don Dussault • Not Better Late

CM Dupre • Sea & Sand or the Exchanges at City Station North

James Dye • The Empty Room

Julie Eill • Dead Girls

Alison Fairbrother • The Shield

Seth Fischer • Our Most Frequent Requests

Vishwas R. Gaitonde • The English Widow

Andrew Gretes • Artie and the Veil of Maya

Cyndy Hendershot • While My Skin Rots Away

Robert Hinderliter • The Leprechaun

LA Lantz • Hair of the Dog

Raima Larter • The Initiate

Christine Ma-Kellams • Dave

Mark Maxwell • Thin Places

Jen Michalski • Greater Good

Teresa Burns Murphy • The Tree House

Eric Andrew Newman • Down the Mississippi

Janet Olsonbaker • Only Memory

Meredith Pond • Anniversary Party with Gatsby in Mind

Nickalus Rupert • The Worst Mile

Curt Saltzman • The Observer and the Observed

Nick Sansone • Weekends

John Saul • Tapas

Sonia Scherr • First Kill

Beate Sigriddaughter • Snapshots of the Wife of the Man Who Wouldn’t Dance

Curtis Smith • Playground

Donna D. Vitucci • Shelter

Stan Lee Werlin • Vietnam Vortex Sutra

Kelly Wolfe • Beautiful Bicuspid

Tara Isabel Zambrano • No Man’s Land


laudanum at 33 • Goodbye Jane


Allen Forrest • Clandestine Service
  • City Life, in Transit
  • City Life, Cyclist
  • London Noir, #1
  • London Noir, #3

Marilyn Stablein • Cloud Boat in Rising Seas
  • Thinking of Her
  • Zebra Collage

Kelly Cressio-Moeller • Christ, Discarded
  • Italian Cypress Surfaces
  • The Century Plant Remembers Ruth Asawa
  • Palm Dunk
  • Jesus Takes a Break from the World
  • Lemon Fingers