Gnashing Teeth Publishing

| words that get in your teeth

Words and Promises by Carlos Loera

Words and promises

Ingrained into our hearts

Constitutional freedoms

Expressed by founding fathers

To ensure equality




When our supreme leaders

Seem to take us

Back in time

Past hard pressed


Take an oath for life



Bio:  Carlos Loera graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with an MFA in Art. He teaches at San Antonio College. He is an artist, writes poetry and produces the poetry group Voces Cósmicas.

young woman with red hair smiling at the camera with a white paper umbrella behind her

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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