Poem & Artwork by Clinton Van Inman
Trapped behind some broken glass
in a window pane
A butterfly fluttered its paper
Wings in vain
Trying to reach the roses beyond
The garden lane
But if those tiny wings can
Cause some great effect
To move the wind or mountain
That no science can detect
Then perhaps I too might fly from
The gardens of my own neglect.
Clinton Van Inman grew up in North Carolina, graduated from San Diego State University in 1977, taught in South Carolina and is currently a high school teacher in Tampa Bay where he lives in Sun City Center, Florida with his wife, Elba.
after Everett Hoagland
Poem by Virginia Barrett
Art by Clinton Van Inman
lip-smacking deep molasses buttery butter brown sugar crust crusting eggs cracking whisking whisk wet bottom custard candy gooey air wise-
oven fun wide-sliced wonders we wide-eyed big-breasted bread
rising huge love hugs bellies full sleepy belly-heads slow southern heat
plenty to eat firefly star twinkle night dreams
NO BEDBUGS BITE
cooking for all us kids chirping birds of toss and tumble nest learning
to fly fly FLY shoofly pie pie PIE
reels in time fish in lake red mud body cake rite of passage dive into the wake cousins cousins and kudzu twining all the trees
WE WE WE
y’all teasin’ me
water rhymes lap luscious all day play fat berries juicy juice face stain watermelon seeds seeds seeds spitting slippery high into the blaze-blue
arch down buried bow earth waiting watching head tossed back laugh laughing laugh
BLESS OUR HEARTS
shoofly shoofly pie cry sweet summers child why you had to die
shoo shoo fly
VIRGINIA BARRETT is a poet and artist whose books include I Just Wear My Wings (Jambu Press, 2013) and Singing My Naked Lines(PoetSong Press). She is also the editor of two anthologies of contemporary San Francisco poets, Feather Floating on the Water—poems for our children and OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement (with Bobby Coleman). A teaching-artist in San Francisco city schools, Virginia is also the co-founder of the annual We Are All Poets youth poetry/civics program in collaboration with the San Francisco Main Library. She is currently a MFA in Creative Writing candidate at the University of San Francisco, where she was the poetry editor of Switchback from 2014-2015. www.virginiabarrett.com
CLINTON VAN INMAN grew up in North Carolina, graduated from San Diego State University in 1977, taught in South Carolina and is currently a high school teacher in Tampa Bay where he lives in Sun City Center, Florida with his wife, Elba.
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