At Glenstone

A poem by Fred Pollack

Can a palace be modern?
Palace frou-frou, modern machine.
In any case, the palace
can be seen from many points,
and sees more,
as from the hypothetical upper pool
above its fourth floor.
I keep forgetting how they made their money,

which doesn’t matter: art
is the whole; what buys it,
what motivates the purchase, part.
Cheers from Basquiat.
Rothko questioning the usual suspect.
The peace of Yves Klein.
He who believes he stands in front
is off to one side of the shrine.

Intermittent rain
on the paths, the new trees, the built hills
whose looming topiary hobbyhorse
and vast squat lattice
are worthy goals.
I saw my dearest at the end
of a hundred-foot-long granite naturally-
lit hallway as art.

When the trees grow up, the collectors
will see the pilgrims vanish, reappear.

Fred Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure (Story Line Press, 1986) and Happiness (Story Line Press, 1998), and two collections, A Poverty of Words (Prolific Press, 2015) and Landscape with Mutant (Smokestack Books, 2018). In print, Pollack’s work has appeared in Hudson Review, Southern Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Manhattan Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Main Street Rag, Miramar, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Poetry Quarterly Review, Magma (UK), Neon (UK), Orbis (UK), and elsewhere. Online, his poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Diagram, BlazeVox, Mudlark, Occupoetry, Faircloth Review, Triggerfish, Big Pond Rumours (Canada), The Drunken Llama (2017), Misfit, and elsewhere.


‘Moon Rings’, ‘Chemo Angel’

Mixed media with poems by Stephen Mead

Moon Rings

Chemo Angel

A resident of New York, Stephen Mead is a published artist, writer, and maker of short collage films and sound-collage downloads. His latest publish-on-demand Amazon release is the art-text hybrid, According to the Order of Nature (We too are Cosmos Made). His poetry has been published in Great Works, Unlikely Stories, Quill & Parchment, and other zines. Check out his website!

‘All Is Lost’, ‘Her Milky Ways’, ‘Last Tale’

Three photographs by Fabrice B. Poussin

All Is Lost

Her Milky Ways

Last Tale

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in the Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review, and more than 200 other publications.

‘Asemic4’, ‘There Might Be More’

Two photographs with digital flourish by
Kyle Hemmings

Asemic4 (2017)

Asemic4 (2017)

There Might Be More (2017)

There Might Be More (2017)

Kyle Hemmings has had his artwork featured in The Stray Branch, Euphemism, Uppagus, South 85 Journal, Black Market Lit, Sonic Boom, Snapping Twigs, Convergence, and elsewhere. He loves pre-punk garage bands from the 60s, manga comics, urban photography, and French Impressionism. 

Art for the People

A poem by Gary Beck

(Originally featured in the unpublished collection Too Harsh for Pastels.)

Before abstract painting
people didn’t always know
what the picture meant,
especially the Impressionists,
but they generally figured it out,
or didn’t worry about it.
After all, culture seeking
is a middle-class phenomenon.
The rich do not pretend
to understand art,
only acquire self-enhancing,
important works of art
often at prodigious prices,
applauded at auction
by the cheerleaders of greed,
clapping for record prices.

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 11 published chapbooks and 3 more accepted for publication. His poetry collections include: Conditioned Response (Nazar Look), Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press), and Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications), as well as Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, and Fault Lines (all published by Winter Goose Publishing), plus others. His upcoming Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order will also be published by Winter Goose Publishing.

Beck has also published novels, as well as one short story collection, with another collection forthcoming.

His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.