Community No. 40


Margot DeSalvo is a college composition instructor and poet. Some of her work can be found in Buddylit Zine, Califragile, and Ghost City Review, among others. She was a featured poet on Sunflower Sutra’s audio podcast.

Title: Court Street
First Line(s):

The subway smells like urine and the change of season.
Spring is lurking but unconvincing.

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: January 2019
Journal: Thimble Press


Title: Napkin Poem #2
First Line(s):

In a world of Johnny
Rockets and breakfast
I stand along
the diamond
lined boardwalk

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: October 2018
Journal: Califragile



Karen Henry collaborated with director Herbert Blau and Kraken in writing Elsinore, based on Hamlet, and Crooked Eclipses, based on Shakespeare’s Sonnets.  With composer W. Newell Hendricks, she received NEA grants for her librettos for the operas The Cell and Ascona. Co-founder of the Boston Theater Group, she currently performs and writes for Row Twelve Contemporary Music Ensemble. Her poems have been published in Crosswinds and by Zoetic Press on The Literary Whip.

Title: Galveston Blues and Other Poems
First Line(s):

Pacing the hard sand of Galveston
two miles to the eastern tip
you thought a sprawling shrimper
was a broken airplane
sinking in the fog-bound distance.

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: June 12, 2019
Journal: Boomer Lit Mag


Vijay R. Nathan is a supervising librarian in New York City. He is author of “Escape from Samsara” (2016) and “Celebrity Sadhana, Or How to Meditate with a Hammer”, book 1 of the Paparazzo Poet Meditations. He is also the host of “The Truth to Power Show” on Radio Free Brooklyn which streams LIVE every Monday at 8AM.

Title: Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me and Nietzsche
First Line(s):

Friedrich has transversed
the Martian landscape
on a Schwinn to say

“Blah. Blah. Blah.”

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Journal: Meow Meow Pow Pow Lit


Title: The Lineage Annotations
First Line(s):

He begins with cryptic commentaries;
perfunctory shorthand within
the margins of a leather-bound text.

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: June 1, 2019
Journal: Showbear Family Circus



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