Restless winter skies.  
Marsh Creek State Park ~ Pennsylvania

"The tropics call again this year"
by Christine Swanberg

"The moon cast long shadows"
Winter Spell
by Christine Swanberg


"Dancing with the wind"
Snow Salsa
by Christine Swanberg

"A snow-ladened pine"
Winter's Favor
by Christine Swanberg

Winter needs no embellishment. 
Chester Springs ~ Pennsylvania

"I love the granddaughter we share"
You Ask About Ham
by Lori Levy

"He giggles as other children gather around"
Christmas Eve
by Wilda Morris

"The mother lighting the blue shamash"
Facetime for Hanukkah
by Karen Loeb

"A  snowy field in Central Park.
Season's Greetings
by Richard Greene

"No lighting of menorah candles"
A Holiday Duet
by Mark Fleisher

"An Easy Bake Oven and if it's not too much trouble"
Dear Santa,
by Jane Lang

"You broke your own  silence"
That Night
by Marcel Aime Duclos

"The moon in haze"
This December
by Lyn Lifshin

"Cheeks aglow from frosty air"
by Gerald A. McBreen

"Stars still, moon silent"
Silent Night
by Mark Fleisher

The frozen lake is quiet but for the sound of snow dancing on the ice.
Marsh Creek State Park ~ Pennsylvania

Congratulations to the finalists for the
Pushcart Prize Nominations for 2020

Winter paints with a steely palette. 
Chester Springs ~ Pennsylvania

After an oil on acrylic by Paulette Demers Turco 

"Above the plains to mountain crests"
Mariposa Monarca
by Paulette Turco

"I watched you suckle on milkweed"
Queen Danainae
by Michelle Young

"My appearance is a sign of spring"
Mariposa Monarca Speaks
by Candace Armstrong


"Pirouetting above the marsh milkweed"
Dance of the Monarch
by Michael Escoubas

"Diaphanous wings cloaked in amber"
Your journey's just begun…
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

"You seem to prance New England summer fields"
Migrant Monarch Beauty
by M Frost Delaney


"Watch her lift her black-edged wings"
Burlesque Queen
by Vaughn Neeld 

"Stained glass stretching its wings"
Monarch of the Sky
by Steven Sohigian

"Until the purple shadows of evening unfolded"
Monarch Blessing
by Gail Denham

"A hesitant flutter in windy gusts"
by Jerry Buchanan

"I saw you in the widow's flower garden"
Old Farmhand Remembers
by Marcel Aime Duclos

"Like Icarus you now have wings"
Monarch Butterfly
by Tom Landergan

"Like a strange angel it suddenly appears"
When All Has Been Said
by Lois Parker Edstrom

"North winds blow cold"
Long May You Reign
by Mark Fleisher

"Loss is slow and quiet"
Final Flight
by Carol Kilty


"In the long-shadowed afternoons"
Mariposa Monarca
by Ann Thornfield-Long

"There the rafts of Monarchs swell"
The Trees Where the Monarchs Winter
by Toni Treadway

"You are too fragile for life"
This Too Shall Pass
by Julianne Carlile


Nature brightens the winter blues.
Chester County
~ Pennsylvania


"Dark-eyed men smile seductively"
Sogno Italiano Cercasi
by Sharmagne Leland-St.John

"Snuggled beside him in the dark"
Safety of the Night
by Mark Fleisher

"Beams of moonlight"
The Poem that Made the World a Better Place
by Michael Escoubas

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The winter light seems softer as spring waits impatiently for nature to turn the  page...
Chester County ~ Pennsylvania

"Fading into winter"
Homeless (a haiku sequence)
by Charlotte Digregorio

"Asleep in your silken bed"
2. Haiku
by Candace Turner

Aglow after the snow. 
Chester Springs ~ Pennsylvania

"Fog blankets the downtown bridge"
by Charlotte Digregorio

Icicles drip from the eaves of a cottage brilliantly painted with the colors of the sun. 
Chester Springs ~ Pennsylvania

Under Smoky Light
by Michael W. Thomas
reviewed by Neil Leadbeater

Publisher: Able Muse Press
The Powow River Poets Anthology II
Edited by Paulette Demers Turco

by Martina Reisz Newberry
reviewed by Michael Escoubas

Winter cornfields at sunset have a raw, earthen beauty.
Chester Springs ~ Pennsylvania

Publisher: Cyberwit
The Ones Within
by Sean Lause

Publisher: Princeton University Press
Rain in Plural: Poems
by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

 Springton Manor.
Glenmoore ~ Pennsylvania

A tantalising Winter treat
Chicken-Chickpea-White Bean Soup
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland- St. John

A bowl full of heaven
Creamy Winter Couscous
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St.John

Ice cold water slices a channel through a rocky gully.
Chester Springs ~ Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Smith


Struble  Trail
Downingtown ~ Pennsylvania


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Even blood red does not warm the cold white of fallen snow.
Lyndell ~ Pennsylvania


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