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  April 2015
volume 12 number 1
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  Lynne Bronstein
  Deborah Edler Brown
  Sir Mark Bruback
  Hélène Cardona
  Diane Dehler
  Amos Greig
  A J Huffman
  Cynthia Linville
  Bray McDonald
  Angel Uriel Perales
  Kalpna Singh-Chitnis
  Ajise Vincent
  Kelley White
  Alicia Winski
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Lynne Bronstein April 2015



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    Lynne Bronstein is a poet, a journalist, a fiction writer, a songwriter, and a playwright. She has been published in magazines ranging from Chiron Review, Spectrum, and Lummox, to Playgirl and the newsletter of the U.S. Census Bureau. She’s done four books of poetry and her first real crime story was published in 2017 in the anthology LAst Resort. Her adaptation of Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" was performed at two LA libraries. Recently her story “The Magic Candles” was performed on National Public Radio. She’s been nominated twice each for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net awards.



I Didn't Make Love to the Boys from Britain

I dreamed that I jammed
With scores of musicians.
With Rod Argent
And Stevie Winwood.
Keith Emerson
And Rick Wakeman.
I also flailed around a keyboard
Adding my arpeggios to theirs.
I dreamed I played guitar
With Eric Clapton,
George Harrison,
Keith Richards
And Jimi Hendrix.
I played dry and I played wet.
I bottlenecked.
I worked the feedback.
Wa wahed like crazy.
I shared the camaraderie
Of shared humbuckers
And tortoise shell picks.
I dreamed I played in a band
With Joni Mitchell,
Carole King,
Laura Nyro,
And Memphis Minnie.
We played the rock fests
And won four Grammys
And were voted into
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice each
As a band and as individuals.
I woke up in a state
Of excitement,
Of lust,
Of unrivaled bliss.
I stroked the neck of my guitar
And its strings that felt
As soft as layered hair,
And kissed the mouthpiece
Of a flute
That played notes bigger and riper
Than Mick Jagger's lips.

copyright 2015 Lynne Bronstein



If Ice Cream Sodas Could Talk

If ice cream sodas could talk
Their sweet torrent of ideas
Would take us by surprise.

Some uncool guys regard
Women as cupcakes to consume.
Surprise! We also talk.

copyright 2015 Lynne Bronstein