Gnashing Teeth Publishing

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I’ve Often Wondered by Ralph Culver

I’ve often wondered if, over time, I’ve kissed every square
inch of your body. It troubles me to think that
there might be even the smallest portion of you my
lips have not honored. I imagine you giving off a
steady telltale glow, a sapphirine iridescence, anyplace my mouth has
come in contact with you, making it easier to isolate
and identify those minute segments that have suffered from my
unintended neglect. There: an unlit spot the size of an
eleven-point lowercase “o” between the third and fourth toes of
your left foot! Hungrily, gratefully, I lift your lustrous ankle.

BIO: Ralph Culver divides his time between Vermont and central Pennsylvania. His most recent poetry collection is A Passable Man (MadHat Press, 2021), available in bookstores and all the usual internet channels.

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like pretty tulips by linda m. crate

everything has been hard and heavy, as of late; in my world and the world at large— so yesterday i was drinking in small wonders like pretty tulips dancing out

What I Can Offer You by Rich Orloff

I cannot fix your pain I cannot solve your problem I can’t prevent the sorrow you’re feeling Or even guarantee I’ll make you smile However, because I’ve known Joy embracing

by Natalye Childress

*this poem is in .jpg to preserve formatting *this is the unformatted text of the poem after rainer maria rilke you, the poet, have become world weary, word-wrought. and god

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Orchards of Udders by Jon Wesick

dripped on the blanket while air rustled tamarind trees. Chekhov drank a Thai iced tea and plummeted out of this poem. A flock of circles twittered in the hacksaw bushes

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