Rose Cosmos

A rose that lasts a day may never fret
about its afterlife but simply bloom,
not sensing its impending end as threat,
not sinking into existential gloom.

It needn’t seek its purpose in a creed,
as of a rose arising from the dead,
nor feel itself from falling petals freed,
nor think of its mortality with dread.

Dark branches in my mind abuzz with crows,
I long to bloom with peace as though a rose.

A rose that offers to the world its scent
may not philosophize about its blooming,
nor ponder why on Earth it has been sent
to here where its demise is ever-looming.

It wouldn’t fill with guilt for how it grew,
uncommon in its petals, shape, or color,
as it need not conform to any hue,
admonished to be vibrant or be duller.

Dark branches in my mind abuzz with crows,
I long to bloom with peace as though a rose.

Unlike a rose, I’m after something more
than pollination such as from a bee
drawn to the nectar at its fragrant core,
but I feel it has shown a way to be:

It opens with its fragrant loveliness,
unfurling beauty in which others bask,
and I of convoluted consciousness
may emulate its life-affirming task.

Dark branches in my mind abuzz with crows,
I long to bloom with peace as though a rose.

Rose Galaxy

Mario A. Pita

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Oneness Lens

At times I’ve looked at others through a wound,
the wound that they had given, unintended,
retreating to myself as if cocooned,
in hopes that magically it would be mended.

To see you well, my vision needs a cleanse:
the way to see is through our oneness lens.

At times I’ve looked at others through a want,
the want that gnawed at me that they could ease
and saw them through a hunger that can haunt.
Through such a clouded vision, no one sees.

To see you well, my vision needs a cleanse:
the way to see is through our oneness lens.


At times I’ve looked at others through a woe,
a woe that colored life opaquely dense,
that made my point of view extremely low,
as if I’d almost lost my vision sense.

To see you well, my vision needs a cleanse:
the way to see is through our oneness lens.

But when I see you through another’s eyes,
as if I donned and walked within your shoes,
I see through wounds’ and wants’ and woes’ disguise
with clarity and loving in my views.

To see you well, my vision needs a cleanse:
the way to see is through our oneness lens.


Mario A. Pita

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For years I wore the tattered hand-me-downs,
beliefs that other people said were true,
beliefs extolled by kings with gilded crowns,
beliefs that harmed as though a toxic brew;

The hand-me-downs I wore were of a God
who chose some people with whom he would dwell.
The hand-me-downs with which I had been shod
included for most others endless hell.

The hand-me-down I had, a God who loathes,
I’ve shed, and now I search for better clothes.

The hand-me-downs I had no longer fit,
though for a while they had kept me warm,
the wool with which they long ago were knit
had tightened to a choke, and in a storm

I had to rip them off and face the cold,
with hopes that I could find some better clothing,
escaping from the things I had been told
about a God of wrath and rage and loathing.

The hand-me-down I had, a God who loathes,
I’ve shed, and now I search for better clothes.

The hand-me-down that I had bought for years,
the hand-me-downs that helped me for a while,
the hand-me-downs that fed hell-fire fears,
the hand-me-downs for ages still in style

Have let me down, have let me down so badly.
I ripped myself apart for what I wore
to cloak the naked mystery, and sadly
these hand-me-downs still often lead to war.

The hand-me-down I had, a God who loathes,
I’ve shed, and now I search for better clothes.


Mario A. Pita

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Essence Masseuses

The depths of being unreachable by hands
can nonetheless be touched in other ways:
with words and music we can reach those lands
and seas that though unseen may still amaze.

To touch the depths unreachable by fingers,
we turn ourselves to artists, writers, singers…

Though I could try to be a skilled masseuse,
untangling your muscle knots like string,
your piano playing touch has deeper use,
massaging my whole being as when you sing.

To touch the depths unreachable by fingers,
we turn ourselves to artists, writers, singers…

Through learning of and practicing of arts,
of writing, and of music, we improve,
the ways that we can touch those hidden parts
with imagery, lyrics, melody, and groove.

To touch the depths unreachable by fingers,
we turn ourselves to artists, writers, singers…


Mario A. Pita

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At First

For Kristin

While many loves apparently can strike
as lightning does, without providing warning,
and skip the phase when two would simply like
and leap to instant passion ever-warming,

and while such love commences at first sight
and blossoms swiftly from a field of view
as grounded feelings suddenly take flight,
I first was struck another way by you:

While loves at first sight strike, not taking long,
instead mine struck me soundly—at first song.

The depths that are invisible to seeing,
a universe beginning with a bang,
the enigmatic essence of your being,
poured from the music that you wrote and sang.

While loves at first sight strike, not taking long,
instead mine struck me soundly—at first song.

Mario A. Pita

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Quantum Feline

There may be no such thing as unicorns,
no centaurs, partly human, partly horses,
no creatures with a mix of wings and horns,
but there’s one we learn of in physics courses

who shows our world is magical no less:
a cat that’s in a box, alive and dead,
a mix of both or anybody’s guess,
until the box is open and we shed

all possibilities but what we see
as waves of probabilities collapse
to one observable reality:
a corpse or living feline on our laps.

Who needs a unicorn? A cat could purr
and yet be dead: the cat of Schrödinger.

Reality may split in two or more
where possibilities are all unfurled:
as waves collapse around each cosmic shore,
the cat in different states in every world.

Who needs a unicorn? A cat could purr
and yet be dead: the cat of Schrödinger.


Mario A. Pita

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“Sphereans” of Eratosphere

Eratosphere, which I regard as my Alma Mater in the writing of formal verse, is a free-to-join workshop for formal poetry. Additionally, it is a forum for free verse, for poetry and prose translation, fiction, art, literary criticism, and critical discussions on writing. It was founded in 1999 by Alexander Pepple as a workshop complement to Able Muse. Eratosphere moderators have included some of the best known formal poets, with the Poet Laureate of Wisconsin Marilyn Taylor, A. M. Juster, A. E. Stallings, and R. S. Gwynn among them.”( Below is a list of some Sphereans, books they have published, links to their websites and online samples of their work. (Please note, author’s name links to their website, if available).

Brian Allgar
●  The Ayterzedd (Kelsay Books, 2018).
●  An Answer from the Past (Kelsay Books, 2020).
@  Brian Allgar at Hypertexts

Mark Allinson

●  Blue Glass Cities (Modern Metric Press, 2006)
@ Mark Allinson @ Hypertexts

Jesse Anger

●  Far Too Close (The Blasted Tree Art Collective and Publishing Co., 2014)
@ Jesse Anger @ Hypertexts

David Gwilym Anthony

●  Passing Through the Woods (Matador, 2012)
@ David Gwilyn Anthony @ Hypertext

Damian Balassone

●  Daniel Yammacoona (Ginninderra Press, 2013)x
●  Strange Game in a Strange Land (Wilkinson Publishing, 2020)

Ned Balbo

●  Something Must Happen (Finishing Line Press, 2009)
●  Galileo’s Banquet (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 1998)
●  Lives of the Sleepers (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005)
●  The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press, 2010)
●  Upcycling Paumanok (Measure Press, 2016)
●  3 Nights of the Perseids (University of Evansville Press, 2019)
●  The Cylburn Touch-Me-Nots (Criterion Books, 2019)

@ Ned Balbo @BandCamp

Norman Ball


●  Serpentrope (White Violet Press, 2013)

Melissa Balmain 

●  Walking in on People (Able Muse Press, 2014)
●  Just Us: Adventures and Travels of a Mother and Daughter (Faber and Faber, 1998)
@ Melissa Bailman @ Poetry Foundation

Lisa Barnett


●  Love Recidivus (Finishing Line Press, 2013)
@ Lisa Barnett @ Poetry Foundation

Tony Barnstone

●  Pulp Sonnets, illustrated by Amin Mansouri (Tupelo Press, 2015). (Teaching guide at…Teaching_Guide). Poetry.
●  Beast in the Apartment (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014). Poetry.
●  Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki (BKMK Press, 2009). Poetry.
●  The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen Press, 2008). Poetry.
●  Sad Jazz: Sonnets (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005). Poetry.
●  Impure (University Press of Florida, 1999). Poetry.
●  Mother is a Bird: Sonnets by a Yi Poet. Poems and Illustrations by Jidi Majia. Co-translated into English by Tony Barnstone and Ming Di. Translated into Yi by Heire Zihan. (Beijing: China’s Youth and Children Literature Publishing House, 2017). Translation.
●  River Merchant’s Wife by Ming Di, translated from the Chinese by Tony Barnstone, Neil Aitken, Afaa Weaver, Katie Farris & Sylvia Burn with the author (Marick Press, 2013). Translation.
●  Erotic Chinese Poems. Co-edited with Chou Ping. (Everyman Press, 2007). Translation.
●  The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry, Co-edited with Chou Ping, (Anchor Books, 2005). Translation/Anthology.
●  The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters. Translated and Co-edited with Chou Ping. (Shambhala, 1996). Translation/Anthology.
●  Out of the Howling Storm. Edited by Tony Barnstone. (Wesleyan University Press, 1993). Translation/Anthology.
●  Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei. Co-translated with Willis Barnstone and Xu Haixin.(University Press of New England, 1991). Translation.
●  Republic of Apples, Democracy of Oranges: New Eco-Poetry from China and the United States. Co-edited with Frank Stewart and Ming Di. (University of Hawaii Press, 2019). Anthology.
●  Human and Inhuman Monster Poems. Edited by Tony Barnstone and Michelle Mitchell-Foust. (Everyman Pocket Library, 2015). Anthology.
●  Poems Dead and Undead. Edited by Tony Barnstone and Michelle Mitchell-Foust. (Everyman Pocket Library, 2014). Anthology.
●  The Literature of Asia. Edited by Tony Barnstone (Prentice Hall Publishers, 2002). Textbook.
●  The Literatures of the Middle East. Co-edited with Willis Barnstone (Prentice Hall Publishers, 2002). Textbook.
●  Literatures of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Co-edited with Willis Barnstone. ( Prentice Hall Publishers, 1999). Textbook.
@ Tony Barnstone @ Poetry Foundation

John Beaton

●  Leaving Camustianavaig (Word Galaxy Press, 2021).
@ John Beaton@ The Hypertexts

Kate Bernadette Benedict

●  Here from Away (CustomWords, 2003)
● In Company (CW Books, 2011)
● Earthly Use (Umbrella Editions, 2015
@ Kate Bernadette Benedict @ The Hypertexts

Mark Blaeuer

●  Fragments of a Nocturne (White Violet Press, 2014)

Michael Cantor

●  Life in the Second Circle (Able Muse Press, 2012)
●  The Performer (Puddinghouse Publications, 2007)
●  Furusato (Kelsay Books, 2019)
@ Michael Cantor @ The Hypertexts

William G. Carpenter


●  Eþandun: Epic Poem (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2021)

Catherine Chandler


●  The Frangible Hour. (University of Evansville Press, 2016)
●  Lines of Flight. (Able Muse Press, 2011).
●  This Sweet Order. (Kelsay Books – White Violet Press, 2012).
●  Glad and Sorry Seasons. (Biblioasis Press, 2014).
●  For No Good Reason (The Olive Press, 2008). Chapbook.
●  All or Nothing (The Olive Press, 2010). Chapbook.
●  Pointing Home (Kelsay Books, 2019)
@ Catherine Chandler @ The Hypertexts

Wiley Clements
●  Yesterday, or Long Ago (Clock and Rose Press, 2004)

Terese Coe

●  The Everyday Uncommon (2005, out of print)
●  Shot Silk (2015, Kelsay Books)
●  Why You Can’t Go Home Again (Kelsay Books, 2018)
@ Terese Coe @ The Hypertexts

Edmund Conti

●  The Runaway Spoon Press. Eddies, 1995 The Ed C. Scrolls (Publisher claims to have only a few copies left that he is keeping for himself)
●  O Fractal Day! (poems and fractals by me), Desktop Graphics, 1995
●  Greatest Hits (Pudding House Productions, 2000)
●  Hic Haiku Hoc (The Poet Tree, 1994)
●  Little Books Press (That would be Wayne Hogan, 1996)
●  Eb & Flo (With Wayne Hogan) Words and Music by Edmund Conti
●  Quiblets Drawings by Jim Siergey (Doggerel Daze, 2007)
●  Just So You Know (Kelsay Books, 2018).
@ Edmund Conti @ The Hypertexts

Maryann Corbett

●  Breath Control (David Robert Books, 2012)
●  Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter (Able Muse Press, 2013)
●  Mid Evil (University of Evansville Press, copyright 2014, appeared 2015)
●  Street View (Able Muse, 2017)
●  In Code (Able Muse, 2020)
@ Maryann Corbett @ The Hypertexts

Kevin Cutrer

●  Lord’s Own Annointed (Dos Madres, 2015)

Paul Dickey


● What Wisconsin Took (Parallel Press, 2006)
● They Say This is How Death Came into the World, Mayapple Press, 2011)
Wires Over the Homeplace (Pinyon Publishing, 2013)

Gregory Dowling

● Ascension (Polygon, 2015). Novel.
●  A Nice Steady Job (St. Martin’s Press, 1994). Novel.
●  Every Picture Tells a Story (St. Martin’s Press, 1991). Novel.
●  See Naples and Kill (U.S. edition: St. Martin’s Press; UK edition, Grafton [under the title Neapolitan Reel], 1988). Novel.
●  Double Take (UK edition: Severn House; U.S. edition: St. Martin’s Press, 1985). Novel.
●  David Mason: A Critical Introduction (Story Line Press, June 2013).
●  In Venice and in the Veneto with Lord Byron (Supernova, 2008).
●  Someone’s Road Home: Questions of Home and Exile in American Narrative Poetry (Campanotto Editore, 2003).
●  A Study of the English Verb (Supernova, 1994).
●  Gondola signore gondola. Venice in 20th Century American Poetry. Co-edited with Rosella Mamoli Zorzi (Supernova, 2007). Anthology.
●  Giovane poesia inglese. Co-edited with Alessandro Scarsella (Edizioni del Leone, 1996). Anthology.
●  Veritas, by Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti (Polygon, 2013). Translation.
●  Francesco’s Italy, by Francesco Da Mosto (BBC Books, 2006). Translation.
●  Francesco’s Venice, by Francesco Da Mosto (BBC Books, 2004). Translation (co-translated with David Graham).
●  Giambattista Tiepolo by Massimo Gemin & Filippo Pedrocco (Arsenale Editrice, 1995). Translation (co-translated with Holly Snapp).
●  Letter to a Jewish Friend (Lettera ad un amico ebreo) by Gian Franco Svidercoschi (Hodder & Stoughton, 1994). Translation.
●  Enigma by the Sea (Enigma in luogo di mare), by Carlo Fruttero & Franco Lucentini (Chatto & Windus, 1994). Translation.
●  The D Case (La verità sul caso D), by Carlo Fruttero & Franco Lucentini (U.S. edition: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992; UK edition: Chatto & Windus, 1993). Translation.
●  The Missing Pages (Le pagine strappate) by Cristina Comencini (Chatto & Windus, 1993). Translation.

John Philip Drury


●  Sea Level Rising (Able Muse Press, 2015)
@ John Phillip Drury @ The Poetry Foundation

Ann Drysdale

●  The Turn of the Cucumber (Peterloo Poets, 1995)
●  Gay Science (Peterloo Poets, 1999)
●  Backwork (Peterloo Poets, 2002)
●  Between Dryden and Duffy: Another Collection (Peterloo Poets, 2005)
●  Real Newport (Seren 2006)
●  Three-three, two-two, five-six (Cinnamon Press, 2007)
●  Discussing Wittgenstein (Cinnamon Press, 2009)
●  Quaintness and Other Offences (Cinnamon Press, 2009)
●  Turn (Exot Books, 2013)
●  Miss Jekyll’s Gardening Boots (Shoestring Press, 2015)
●  Vanitas (Shoestring Press, 2019)
@ Ann Drysdale @ The Hypertexts

Adam Elgar
●  The Little World of Don Camillo, by Giovanni Guareschi, trans. Adam Elgar (Pilot Productions, 2013)
● Truth and Flies, by Alessandra Lavagnino, trans. Adam Elgar (Troubador, 2010

Martin Elster

●  There’s a Dog in the Heavens! A Universe of Canine Verse (Hats off Books, 2003; Second Edition 2005, out of print)
●   Celestial Euphony (Plum White Press, 2019)

Rhina P. Espaillat

●  Algo Hay que no es amigo de los muros/Something There Is that Doesn’t Love a Wall: Forty Poems by Robert Frost, Ediciones El Tucán de Virginia, Mexico, DF, 2014
●  Oscura Fruta: Cuarenta y dos Poemas/Dark Berries: Forty-two Poems by Richard Wilbur, Ediciones El Tucán de Virginia, Mexico, DF, 2013
●  Her Place in These Designs, Truman State University Press, Kirksville, MO, 2008
●  El olor de la memoria: cuentos/The Scent of Memory: Short Stories, Ediciones CEDIBIL, Santo Domingo, D.R., 2007
●  Agua de dos rios/Water from Two Rivers, Editora Nacional, Santo Domingo, D.R., 2006
●  Playing at Stillness, Truman State University Press, Kirksville, MO, 2005
●  The Shadow I Dress In, David Robert Books, Cincinnati, OH, 2004
●  Rehearsing Absence, University of Evansville Press, Evansville, IN 2001
●  Where Horizons Go, Truman State University Press, Kirksville, MO 1998
●  Lapsing to Grace, Bennett & Kitchel, East Lansing, MI, 1992
●  And After All (Able Muse Books, 2018)
●  “The Story-Teller’s Hour,” Scienter Press, Louisville, KY, 2004 (Chapbook)
●  “Rhina P. Espaillat: Greatest Hits 1942-2001,” GH Series #169, Pudding House Publications, Columbus, OH, 2003 (Chapbook)
●  “Mundo y Palabra/ The World & The Word,” Oyster River Press, Durham, NH, 2001 (Chapbook)
@ Rhina P. Espaillat @ The Hypertexts

Anna Evans

●  Saint-Pol-Roux & Other Poems from the French (Barefoot Muse Press, 2012)
●  Selected Sonnets (Maverick Duck Press, 2008)
●  Sisters and Courtesans (White Violet Press, 2014)
@ Anna Evans @ The Hypertexts

Sylvia Fairley

●  Word Play (, 2019)

Andrew Frisardi

●  Death of a Dissembler (White Violet Press, 2014). Poems.
●  Dante, Convivio (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Translation, notes, and introduction.
●  The Quest for Knowledge in Dante’s Convivio (Temenos Academy, 2015). Essays.
●  Brian Keeble, Daily Bread: Art and Work in the Reign of Quantity (Angelico Press, 2015). Edited and introduced.
●  The Young Dante and the One Love (Temenos Academy, 2013). Essays.
●  Dante, Vita Nova (Northwestern University Press, 2012). Translation, notes, and introduction.
●  Franco Loi, Air and Memory, (Counterpath Press, 2007). Translation, notes, and introduction.
●  Giuseppe Ungaretti, Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002, and Carcanet Press, 2004). Translation, notes, and introduction.
●  The Harvest and the Lamp (Franciscan University Press, 2020). Poetry.
●  Love’s Scribe: Reading Dante in the Book of Creation (Angelico Press, 2020). Prose.

Claudia Gary

●  Bikini Buyer’s Remorse (Loudon Scribe, 2013)
●  Humor Me (David Roberts Books, 2006)
@ Claudia Gary @ The Hypertexts

M. A. Griffiths

●  Grasshopper (Arrowhead Press, 2011)

Max Gutmann

●  There Was a Young Girl from Verona (Doggerel Daze, 2003)
@ Max Gutmann @ The Hypertexts

Poems in online journals

R.S. Gwynn

●  Dogwatch (Measure Press, 2014)
●  -No Word of Farewell (Story Line Press, 2001)
●  Bearing & Distance (Cedar Rock Press 1977
●  The Narcissiad (Cedar Rock Press, 1981)
●  The Drive-in (University of Missouri Press, 1986)
●   Editor. The Advocates of Poetry: A Reader of American Poet-Critics of the Modernist Era. (University of Arkansas Press)
●   Editor. Contemporary American Poetry: A Pocket Anthology (Pearson/Longman, 2005)
@ R.S. Gwynn @ The Poetry Foundation

Charlotte Innes

●  Reading Ruskin in Los Angeles (Finishing Line Press, 2009) (Chapbook)
●  Licking the Serpent (Finishing Line Press, 2011) (Chapbook)
●  Descanso Drive (Kelsay Books, 2017)

Peleg Held

●  Virgula Divina, Peleg Held (Dyad Press, 2015)

Anthony Harrington

●  From the Attic: Selected Verse 1965-2015 (Kudzu Editions, 2015)

R. Nemo Hill


●  The Strange Music of Erich Zann (Hippocampus Press, 2005)
●  Prolegomena to an Essay on Satire (Modern Metrics, 2006)
●  When Men Bow Down (Dos Madres Press, 2012)
●  Pilgrim’s Feather, (Quantuck Lane Press, 2002)
●  In No Man’s Ear (fDos Madres, 2016)
●  Magellan’s Reveries (Dos Madres Press, 2019)
@ R. Nemo Hill @ The Hypertexts

Jan D. Hodge 

●  The Bard & Scheherazade Keep Company (Able Muse, 2017).
●  . Taking Shape (Able Muse, 2015).
●[chapbook] Poems to be Traded for Baklava (Onionhead Annual 1997)

Katherine Hoerth

●  Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots
●  The Garden Uprooted.
@ Katherine Hoerth @ Mezzocamin

Jeff Holt


●  The Harvest (White Violet Press, 2012)
@ Jeff Holt @ The Hypertexts

Adam Hughes

●  Uttering the Holy (NQY Books, 2012)

Simon Hunt
●  Lesser Magi (Hummingbird Press, 2018)
●  and Patricia Fumerton, eds. Renaissance Culture and the Everyday (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999)

A.M. Juster


●  Longing for Laura (Birch Brook Press 2001)
●  The Secret Language of Women (University of Evansville Press 2003)
●  The Satires of Horace (University of Pennsylvania Press 2008)
●  Tibullus’ Elegies (Oxford University Press 2012)
●  Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles (University of Toronto Press 2015)
●  Sleaze & Slander: New and Selected Comic Verse 1995-2015 (Measure Press March 2016)
●  The Billy Collins Experience (White Violet Press July 2016)
●  The Elegies of Maximianus (University of Pennsylvania Press mid 2017)
●  John Milton’s The Book of Elegies (University of Oklahoma Press late 2017)

Julie Kane

●  The Bartender Poems (Greville Press, 1991)
●  Body and Soul (Pirogue Pub, 1987)
●  Jazz Funeral (Story Line Press, 2009)
●  Paper Bullets (White Violet Press, 2012?)
●  Rhythm and Booze (U. of Illinois Press, 2003)
●  Mothers of Ireland (Louisiana State University Press, 2020)
@ Julie Kane @ The Hypertexts

Karami, Siham

●  To Love the River (Kelsay Books, 2018)
@ Siham Karimi @ The Hypterexts

Rose Kelleher

●  Bundle o’ Tinder (Waywiser Press, 2008)
● Native Species (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)
@ Rose Kelleher @ The Hypertexts

Janet Kenny

●  This Way to the Exit (White Violet Press, 2012)
●  Whistling in the Dark (2016)
@ Janet Kenny @ The Hypertexts

Jean L. Kreiling

●  The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books, 2014)
@ Jean L. Kreiling @ The Hypertexts

Paul Lake

●  The Republic of Virtue (University of of Evansville Press: 2013). Poetry.
●  Walking Backward (Story Line Press: 1999). Poetry.
●  Another Kind of Travel (University of Chicago Press: 1988). Poetry.
●  Bull Dancing (The New Poets Series: 1977). Poetry.
●  Cry Wolf: A Political Fable (BenBella:2008). Fiction.
●  Among the Immortals (Story Line Press: 1994). Fiction.
@ Paul Lake @ The Hypertexts

Mike Lane

●  They Can Keep the Cinderblock (Exot Books, 2012)

W.F. Lantry

●  The Language of Birds (Finishing Line Press, 2011)
●  The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2012)

Ralph La Rosa

●  Sonnet Stanzas (White Violet 2013).
●  Ghost Trees (Kelsay Books 2016)
●  My Miscellaneous Muse: Pastiches & Whimsical Words (The Poetry Box 2020)

Quincy R. Lehr

●  Across the Grid of Streets (Seven Towers, 2008)
●  Obscure Classics of English Progressive Rock (Seven Towers, 2012)
●  Heimat (Barefoot Muse Press, 2014)
●  The Dark Lord of the Tiki Bar (Measure Press, 2015)
●  Shadows and Gifts: Three Poems (Barefoot Muse Press, 2013)
●  William Montgomery (Modern Metrics/Exot Books 2006)
●  William Montgomery’s Guide to New York City (Seven Towers, 2008 and DYAD Press, 2016). (Chapbook).
●  Near Hits and Lost Classics (Kelsay, 2021)
@ Quincy R. Lehr @ The Hypertexts

J. Patrick Lewis

●  God Made the Skunk (Doggerel Daze, 2005 ●  A Hippopotamusn’t
●  The La-Di-Da Hare ●  The Bookworm’s Feast
●  Good Mousekeeping ●  Swan Song
●  At the Wish of the Fish ●  The Little Buggers: Insect and Spider Poems
●  July is a Mad Mosquito ●  Black Swan, White Crow
●  The Tsar and the Amazing Cow ●  Two Legged, Four Legged, No Legged Rhymes
●  The Frog Princess ●  One Dog Day
●  Boshblobberbosh ●  Please Bury Me in the Library
●  Heroes & Sheroes ●  Earth & Us
many more
@ J. Patrick Lewis @The Hypertexts

Barbara Loots

●  Windshift (Kelsay Books, 2018)
●  The Beekeeper and other Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2020)

Nigel Mace

●  The Three Estates: A Pleasant Satire in Commendation of Virtue and in Vituperation of Vice, Sir David Lindsay & Nigel Mace (trans. & ed.) Ashgate, 1998

Duncan Gillies MacLaurin

●  Red Moon (Merlin, 1987)
●  Fra Ordets Palet/From the Palette of Words (Attika, 1999) translation of Hans Tyrrestrup
●  I Sing the Sonnet (Snakeskin, 2011)
●  From Moonrise till Dawn: A Cycle of Poetry and Songs (NordOsten Books, 2013)
@Duncan Gilles @ The Hypertexts

Susan McLean

●  The Best Disguise. (University of Evansville Press, 2009).
● The Whetstone Misses the Knife. (Story Line Press, 2014).
● Selected Epigrams. (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014). Verse translations and notes for Martial’s Epigrammata.
@ Susan McLean @ Light

Austin MacRae

●  Graceways (Modern Metrics, 2008)
●  The Organ Builder (Dos Madres, 2012)
@ Austin McRae @ The Hypertexts

David Mason

●  Arrivals (Story Line Press, 2004)
●  Davey McGravy (Paul Dry Books, 2015)
●  Ludlow (Red Hen Press, 2007)
●  Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade (Red Hen Press, 2014)
●  The Country I Remember (Story Line Press, 1999)
●  Arrivals ( Story Line Press, 2004)
●  The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry (Story Line Press, 2000)
●  The Scarlet Libretto (Red Hen Press, 2012)
●  Essays by David Mason: Two Minds of a Western Poet (University of Michigan Press, 2011)
●  News from the Village (Red Hen Press, 2010)
@ David Mason @ The Poetry Foundation

Joshua Mehigan

●  The Optimist (Ohio University Press, 2004)
●  Accepting the Disaster (FSG, 2014)
@ Joshua Mehigan @ The Poetry Foundation

Mary Meriam

●  The Countess of Flatbroke (Modern Metrics, 2006)
●  The Poet’s Zodiac (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011)
●  Irresistible Sonnets (Headmistress Press, 2014) Editor.
●  Lady of the Moon (Headmistress Press, 2015) With Amy Lowell and Lillian Faderman.
●  The Lillian Trilogy (Headmistress Press, 2016) Word Hot, Conjuring My Leafy Muse, and Girlie Calendar.
●  My Girl’s Green Jacket (Headmistress Press, 2018)
@ Mary Meriam @ The Poetry Foundation

Richard Meyer

●  Orbital Paths (ScienceThrillers Media, 2015)

Sharon Fish Mooney

●  Bending Toward Heaven – Poems After the Art of Vincent van Gogh (Wipf and Stock/Resource Publications, 2016)

Annabelle Moseley

●  The Clock of the Long Now (David Robert Books, 2012)
●  A Ship to Hold the World and The Marionette’s Ascent (Wiseblood Books, 2014)
●  The Moon is a Lemon (Birnham Wood Graphics, 2005). (Chapbook)
●  Artifacts of Sound (Street Press, 2007). (Chapbook)
●  Still Life (Street Press, 2008). (Chapbook)
●  A Field Guide to the Muses (Finishing Line Press, 2009). (Chapbook)
●  The Divine Tour (Finishing Line Press, 2012). (Chapbook)
●  The Fish Has Swallowed Earth (Aldrich Press, 2012). (Chapbook)

Rick Mullin

●  Huncke (Seven Towers, 2010)
●  Soutine (Dos Madres, 2012)
●  Coelacanth (Dos Madres, 2013)
●  Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle (Dos Madres, 2014)
●  Stignatz & the User of Vicenza (Dos Madres, 2016)
●  Aquinas Flinched (Chapbook, Exot Books, 2008)
●  The Stones Jones Canzones (Chapbook, Finishing Line Press, 2013)
●  Lullaby and Wheel (Kelsay Books, 2019)
●  Transom (Dos Madres Press, 2017)
●  Huncke (second edition, Exot Books, 2021)
@ Rick Mullin @ The Hypertexts

Timothy Murphy

●  Hunter’s Log (The Dakota Institute, 2011)
●  The Deed of Gift (Story Line Press, 1998)
●  Set the Ploughshare Deep (Ohio University Press 2000)
●  Very Far North (Waywiser 2002)
●  Mortal Stakes/Faint Thunder (Dakota Institute, 2011)
●  Devotions (NDSU Press, 2017)
●  Hunter’s Log, Volumes II & III (NDSU Press, 2019)
@ Timothy Murphy @ The Poetry Foundation

Esther Greenleaf Murer

●  Unglobed Fruit (2010)

Cynthia Neely

●  Flight Path (Aldrich Press, 2014)

Alfred Nicol

●  Winter Light (University of Evansville Press, 2004)
●  Elegy for Everyone (Prospero’s World Press, 2009)
●  Animal Psalms (Able Muse Press, 2013)
@ Alfred Nicol @ The Hypertexts

Chris O’Carroll

●  Take These Rhymes… Please (Antic Disposition Press, 2000)
●  The Joke’s on Me (White Violet Press, 2019)
@ Chris O’Carroll at Light

Uche Ogbuji

●  Ndewo, Colorado (Alrich Press, 2013)

Alexandra Oliver

●  Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway (Biblioasis, 2013)
●  Let the Empire Down (Biblioasis, 2016)

Jayne Osborn

●  A Little of What You Fancy (HAB Publications, 1997)
●  Only Joking (HAB Publications, 2001)
●  Only Joking (Lulu 2011) (Chapbook)

David Phillips (aka Holly Martins)

●  Man in the Long Grass (Iron Press, 2001)

Mario A. Pita

●  Lyrical Emissary
●  Rhyming Memoir
●  Dear Arlington
●  Pianina
●  Mind Odyssey
●  Sonnet Haven
●  Reverence Forest
●  Image Marriages

Pedro Poitevin

●  Perplejidades, Cooperativa La Joplin, México, 2015.

Aaron Poochigian

●  Sappho (Penguin Classics, 2009)
●Aaratus’ Phaenomena (Johns Hopkins, 2010)
●Aeschylus (Johns Hopkins, 2011)
●The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse, 2012)
●Appolonius of Rhodes’ Jason and the Argonauts (Penguin Classics, 2014)
@ Aaron Poochigan @ The Hypertexts

Ray Pospisil

●  The Bell (Seven Towers, 2009)
●  Some Time Before the Bell (Modern Metrics/Exot, 2006)

Jennifer Reeser

●  An Alabaster Flask (Word Press, 2003)
●Sonnets from the Dark Lady (Saint James Infirmary Press, 2012)
●Winterproof (Word Press, 2005)
●  The Lalaurie Horror
●  Fleur-de-Lis (Saint James Infirmary Books, 2016)
●  INDIGENOUS (Saint James Infirmary Books, 2016)
@ Jennifer Reeser @ The Hypertexts

John Ridland

●  A Brahms Card Ballad (Dowitcher Press, 2007)
●  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Able Muse Press, 2016) translation into modern English
●  John the Valiant (translator)
●  Fires of Home
●  Ode on Violence
●  In the Shadowless Light
●  Elegy for My Aunt
●  Life with Unkie
●  (Un)Extinguished Lamp/Lampara Anapagada
@ John Ridland @ The Poetry Foundation

Michale D. Riley

●  Players (Turning Point, 2008)

David Rosenthal

●   The Wild Geography of Misplaced Things (White Violet Press, 2013)

Marybeth Rua-Larsen

●  Nothing In-Between (Barefoot Muse Press, 2014)

Ed Shacklee

●   The Blind Loon – A Bestiary

Marion Shore

●   For Love of Laura: Poetry of Petrarch (English and Italian Edition) ●   Sand Castle

@ Marion Shore @ The Hypertexts

George Simmers

●  Light (Snakeskin, 2008)

Wendy Sloan

●   Sunday Mornings at the Caffe Mediterraneum (Kelsay Books, 2016)
@ Wendy Sloan @ The Hypertexts

J.D. Smith

●  Notes of a Tourist on Planet Earth (Cassowary Press, 2012)
●   Settling for Beauty (Cherry Grove Collections, 2005)
●  Labor Day at Venice Beach (Cherry Grove Collections, 2012)
●  The Killing Tree (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming)

A.E. Stallings

●  Archaic Smile. (University of Evansville Press, 1999).
●  Hapax. (TriQuarterly, 2006).
●  The Nature of Things. (Penguin, 2007). Verse translation of Lucretius, De Rerum Natura.
●  Olives. (TriQuarterly, 2012).
●  Like (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018).
●  Hesiod, Works and Days (Penguin, 2018). Translation.
●  The Battle between the Frogs and the Mice: A Tiny Homeric Epic (Paul Dry Books, 2020). Translation.
@ A.E. Stallings @ The Poetry Foundation

Andrew Szilvasy

●  Witness Marks

Alan Sullilvan

●  Psalms of David (The Dakota Institute Press of Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, 2011)

Jean Syed

●  Sonnets (Dos Madres Press 2009)
●  My Portfolio (Kelsay Books 2014)

Wendy Videlock

●  The Dark Gnu (Able Muse Press, 2013)
●  Nevertheless (Able Muse Press, 2011).
●  Ghost Buffalo, Dyad Press, 2015
●  What’s That Supposed To Mean, Exot Books, 2011
@ Wendy Videlock @ The Hypertexts

Rory Waterman

●  Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013)

Clive Watkins

●  Jigsaw (Waywiser Press, UK: 2003)
●  Little Blue Man (Seabiscuit Press: 2013) with photographs by Susan de Sola
●  Already the Flames (Waywiser Press, UK: 2014)

Gail White

●  The Accidental Cynic (Prospero’s World Press, 2009) ●  Asperity Street (Able Muse Press, 2015) ●  Sonnets in a Hostile World (White Violet Press, 2011)
●  Easy Marks (David Robert Books, 2008) ●  ed. Kiss and Part: Laughing at the End of Romance and Other Entanglements (Doggerel Daze, 2005). Featuring Spherians Julie Kane, Rose Kelleher, Jan D. Hodge, Edmund Conti, Melissa Balmain, Michael Cantor, and J.D. Smith ●  and Katherine McAlpine, eds. The Muse Strikes Back (Story Line Press, 1997)
@ Gail White @ The Hypertexts

John Whitworth

●  Being the Bad Guy (Peterloo Poets, 2007) ●  The Complete Poetical Works of Phoebe Flood (Hodder Children’s Books, 1997) ●  From the Sonnet History of Modern Poetry (Peterloo Poets, 1998) ●  Girlie Gangs (Enitharmon Press, 2012)
●  Landscape with Small Humans (Peterloo Poets, 1993) ●  Lovely Day for a Wedding (Secker & Warburg, 1985) ●  Poor Butterflies (Secker & Warburg, 1982)
●  Tennis and Sex and Death (Peterloo Poets, 1989) ●  Unhistorical Fragments (Secker & Warburg, 1980) ●  The Whitworth Gun (Peterloo Poets, 2002)
@ John Whitworth @ The Hypertexts

Marly Youmans

●  Glimmerglass (Mercer University Press, 2014)
●  Little Jordan (David R. Godine, 1995) novella
●  Catherwood (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996) novel
●  The Wolf Pit (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001) novel
●  The Curse of the Raven Mocker (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003) y.a. fantasy
●  Claire (Louisiana State University Poetry Series, 2003) poetry collection
●  Ingledove (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005) y.a. fantasy
●  Val/Orson (UK: P. S. Publishing, 2009) novel
●  The Throne of Psyche (Mercer University Press, 2011) poetry collection
●  A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage (Mercer University Press, 2012) novel
●  Thaliad (Montreal: Phoenicia Publishing, 2012) post-apocalyptic epic poem
●  The Foliate Head (UK: Stanza Press, 2012) poetry collection
●  Glimmerglass (Mercer University Press, 2014) novel
●  Maze of Blood (Mercer University Press, 2015) novel
●  The Book of the Red King (Montreal: Phoenicia Publishing, 2019) poetry collection
●  Charis in the World of Wonders (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2020) novel
@ Marly Youmans @ Hyptertexts

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Musical Mentor

for Nate Shaffer

Before you taught me how, I couldn’t play
and sing along with music from the keys.
A lack of confidence I couldn’t slay
prevented me from doing so with ease.

We shattered lack of confidence like glass.
May many music students take your class.

Your patience and your skill as teacher made
possible what long was out of reach,
a treasure that’s worth more than can be paid
for me as well as others whom you teach.

We shattered lack of confidence like glass.
May many music students take your class.

But you have taught much more than just a skill:
as life and music intertwine so much,
both grow from understanding you instill,
like melodies that bloom from keys we touch.

We shattered lack of confidence like glass.
May many music students take your class.

Muical Mentor

Inspired by Nate Shaffer: Inner and Outer Music

Mario A. Pita

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Player Library

For years, I’ve been collecting stacks of books
and made a library in my home rooms
on shelves or in the crannies and the nooks,
as treasured as some family heirlooms.

The books arranged by subject on each shelf,
for easy access anytime I’d want,
I mostly would enjoy all by myself
as nourishment within each printed font.

But now I’ve made a library whose aim
is getting us to play some fun-filled game.

The library that I’m amassing now,
unlike the one that I amassed before,
may not be scholarly, profound, highbrow,
as there’s a different purpose that it’s for:

We may or may not have an ever after
when we have slipped from life as from a tether,
but through some play we may bring fun and laughter
to now, whatever time we have together.

Not knowing where we’ll go, from where we came,
let’s share enjoyment through a fun-filled game.

Unlike book authors reaching heights of fame,
game-makers might not be as known by name,
but what they’ve given isn’t less or lame,
although it’s very different, not the same:

I found some food in fiction and in fact,
but meals in books are mostly solitary,
while games are grand for us to interact,
lightheartedly, which helps with loads we carry.

I’ve games of every kind, a smorgasbord,
like books with different kinds of paragraphs,
the online kinds or those that have a board,
with many ways for us to get some laughs.

Not knowing where we’ll go, from where we came,
let’s share enjoyment through a fun-filled game.

(𝒜𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝓉𝒾𝓂ℯ, ℴ𝓃𝓁𝒾𝓃ℯ ℊ𝒶𝓂ℯ 𝓃𝒾ℊ𝒽𝓉𝓈 𝒽ℴ𝓈𝓉ℯ𝒹 𝒷𝓎 ℒ.𝒜.ℳ.𝒫. 𝒶𝓇ℯ 𝒮𝓊𝓃𝒹𝒶𝓎 𝓃𝒾ℊ𝒽𝓉𝓈 𝒶𝓉 7 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽ℯ 𝒫𝒾𝒶𝓃ℴ ℳ𝒶𝓃𝓉𝓇𝒶 𝓇ℴℴ𝓂 𝒶𝓉 𝒟𝓇ℴ𝓅-𝒾𝓃𝓈 𝓌ℯ𝓁𝒸ℴ𝓂ℯ!)

Mario A. Pita

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𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻

When we were kids, we spent our time in play
with license to act crazy for our fun,
pretending we were heroes who would slay
an enemy with fingers as a gun.
Imagination was our nation, hilly,
like snow-filled slopes ideal for any sleigh,
with pinnacles of being deeply silly,
our highest purpose that of merry play.
Adulthood then snuck up, and we forsook
our playfulness, adopting in its stead
a sternness for the duties that we took,
as silliness for solemnness was shed.
We’ve lost a lot that we enjoyed before.
Let’s play as we could do when we were four.


(Some of my playing is on this page: )

Mario A. Pita

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