We dedicate this special issue to
our dear friend and colleague
Ed Bennett
November 30, 1948 – November 5, 2016


"And I will never love you more than now"
by Ed Bennett

"A summer house by a languid beach"
Contentment: A Meditation
by Ed Bennett

"Joshua tree and cacti instead of forbidden fruit"
Mohave Eden
by Ed Bennett

"The last cherry blossom drifted from branch"
Ed's Poem
(for Ed Bennett)
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John


These were some of Ed Bennett's favourite poems
from the 63 books he reviewed for us between
December 2009 and October 2016


"Feel his silky touch"
Lisa Gheradini Sits for her Portrait
by Mary Jo Balistreri

"The tang of goose wings flapping"
August 28
by Bruce Dethlefsen

"Intolerable when there is no more to give"
A Matter of Degree
by Ellaraine Lockie

"All things she loved rose from your throat's chords"
When she first lay beside you
by Danielle Beazer Dubrasky

“Can you see the way Vermeer twirls light around his thumb"
Looking at a Young Woman with a Water Jug
by Melissa Studdard

"I think of things that make us disappear"
In Want of Wings
by Jane Alynn

"I am inside the mask made of blue corn husks"
Master & Servant: Mask
by Elena Karina Byrne

"The ladybird has flown home"
by Joannie Stangeland

"A woman dressed in white with a blood-red shawl enters"
Fly, Fall, Dreaming
by Charles P. Reis

Born on this coast, where the sun rises over ocean
Though I live West, My Heart is East
by Roberta Feins

"The heavenly sound when chimes find a song"
by Jeannie E. Roberts

"Will I be strong enough to row across the ocean of loss"
Late Prayer
by Barbara Crooker

"Their white, clay-covered faces said they understood everything"
The Mursi of Ethopia
by Martina Reisz Newberry

Remembering Ed Bennett
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Eulogy for Ed Bennett
by Karen Schwartz

Our Great Loss
by Sara Wadington

A Transit of Venus
by Ed Bennett
Reviewed by: O.P.W. Fredericks


Congratulations to the finalists for the
Pushcart Prize Nominations for 2016


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Quince Paste
from the kitchen of Teresa Trent-Panza

Beat the cold weather with this hearty soup
Baja Shrimp Bisque
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Mashed potatoes taste even richer when you add dairy
Sour Cream and Chives Mashed Potatoes
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Hamid Saadati

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