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  November 2019
volume 16 number 2
-table of contents-
  contributing poets
  William Allegrezza
  Alan Britt
  Anna Cates
  Charles Claymore
  Beverly M. Collins
  Timothy Paul Evans
  Mark A Fisher
  Kathie Giorgio
  Terry McCarty
  Christine Murray
  Christopher Neal
  Brian Rihlmann
  John D Robinson
  Walter Ruhlmann
  Howard Sage
  Sanjeev Sethi
  Mark States
  Davide Trame
  Amy Uyematsu
  Patricia Walsh
  Viola Weinberg
  Kirby Wright
  Umar Yogiza Jr
  Jim Young
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Alan Britt
November 2019



photo by marie c lecrivain


    In 2018 Alan Britt served as judge for the The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award. He was interviewed at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem and has published 17 books of poetry, his latest being Ode to Nothing (English/Hungarian: 2018) Crossing the Walt Whitman Bridge (English/Romanian): 2017; Violin Smoke (English/Hungarian: 2015). A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars he now teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.



Stranger to Stranger

Who are you?

I am Diana—
I appear in times
of desperation.

Which begs the question.
I say, question having been begged
wonders what you have to say
for yourself?

I am Diana, a poplar orchid petal
stuffed inside a lamb’s leather toe shoe—
I appear in times
of desperation.

Okay, then. Take this seat, Diana.
Can I get you anything, beverage,
exotic caviar to tide you over?
Your secret’s safe with me.

copyright 2019 Alan Britt