Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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The Persistence of Grief


Never spilled completely from the first pour
of the upturned bucket

some of that viscous stuff
sticks to the sides, to seep out later,

a few drops at a time
when you hear a certain song

or meet a stranger who reminds you
of the love you thought would last forever

until it was gone. Long after
you think grief is over, another song,

another stranger. Much later, it hardens
into something you can hold

to the light, examine like a seashell,
and press to your ear.

 


Cello in Moonlight



The strings pull me
to a darkened house,
through a door left open
to a room, empty
except for a wicker chair,
where a woman
in a shawl of moonlight
sits weeping, a private ritual,
her voice the cello,
the cello her voice.

An intruder, I turn to leave.
She asks me to stay.


Richard Allen Taylor, a native and resident of Charlotte, NC, is the author of Something to Read on the Plane, a finalist in the 2004 Main Street Rag poetry chapbook contest, and a full-length poetry collection, Punching Through the Egg of Space, published in 2010, also by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. His poems, reviews and articles have appeared in many publications including Rattle, Iodine Poetry Journal,  Comstock Review, South Carolina Review, Wild Goose Poetry Review, The Main Street Rag, moonShine Review, Redheaded Stepchild, Toastmaster Magazine and several anthologies.  Taylor is an editor of Kakalak, a journal of poetry and art featuring authors and artists from the Carolinas, and Review Editor for The Main Street Rag.  Recently retired from a 44-year business career, he is on track to receive an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2015. 


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