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  April 2019
volume 16 number 1
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  contributing poets
  Michelle Angelini
  luis cuauhtemoc berriozabal
  Jack G. Bowman
  Lynne Bronstein
  Deborah Edler Brown
  Anna Cates
  Beverly M. Collins
  Chella Courington
  David Flynn
  Paul Hellweg
  Glenn Ingersoll
  Scott C. Kaestner
  lalo kikiriki
  John Leonard
  Cynthia Linville
  Marieta Maglas
  Xavier McIves
  Scott Thomas Outlar
  bc petrakos
  Diana Rosen
  Walter Ruhlmann
  David Scriven
  Megha Sood
  Terrence Sykes
  Perry Terrell
  Tim Tipton
  Davide Trame
  Roman Tunkel
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Diana Rosen
April 2019



art by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Diana Rosen is a journalist, author of 13 nonfiction books, and published writer of poems and flash fiction online at,, www.verse-virtual,, among others; and, in print, in the anthologies: Kiss Me Goodnight, Stories and Poems by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Bold Ink, Those who can...teach, and in print journals: Rattle, PDQ, convolvulus, Lucidity, Lunch Hour Stories, (Finalist, VERY Short Story Contest), among others. She lives and works in Los Angeles. To comment, write



Lucky Me

We were on patrol
in the damnedest,
most isolated place.

Dust everywhere.
Hard to see.
Harder to breathe.

Ordered to move on,
check each town.
Rout out the enemy’s

minions. Days of this.
Hot and dry. Nights,
a cold, pure, black.

Checking houses,
schools, shops. Nothing.
All abandoned.

This day,
an ordinary Thursday,
I led my men

on one more patrol.
Nothing. And then,

A crack in the silence.
​Then ​the roar of hundreds
running toward us, firing.

I froze.
Mouth agape.

The bullet entered
my mouth, escaped
through my cheek.

Lucky me

copyright 2018 Diana Rosen