Spotlight Poetry – Life-Size – A Poem by by J.R. Solonche – Published @ Vita Brevis

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One night museum – Rene Magritte

Nature abhors a panorama.
The snowflake is in the cherry blossom.

The gnat is in the eagle’s wing.
Make yourself small.

Then make yourself smaller.
Then make yourself life-size.


About the Poet

Professor Emeritus of English at SUNY Orange, J.R. Solonche has published poetry in more than 500 magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s, including The New Criterion, The New York Times, The Threepenny Review, The American Scholar, The Progressive, Poetry Northwest, Salmagundi, The Literary Review, The Sun, The American Journal of Poetry, Poet Lore, Poetry East, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and Free Verse. He is the author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won’t Be Long (Deerbrook Editions), Heart’s Content (Five Oaks Press), Invisible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by Five Oaks Press), The Black Birch (Kelsay Books), I, Emily Dickinson & Other Found…

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Spotlight Poetry – Sabbath Prayer – A Poem by Susan Cossette @ Vita Brevis

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Woman on Porch – Richard Diebenkorn

“Days pass, years vanish. And we walk sightless among miracles.”
The clothes dryer steam melts ice on the deck—
Windy wafts of snow blow from the neighbor’s roof,
swirling through the knotted threads of trees
towering to the vast Midwestern sky.
The orange cat curls on the table beside me while I write.
He knows he shouldn’t but does so anyway.
He tries to drink my tea.
I sleep, I dream,
disjointed snapshots of those long past.
Each equal in their immediacy.
I feel it lately, this passage of time.
I wait for those moments,
look for signs of the divine.
The sadness over what I have left behind,
a measure of my love.

Susan Cossette lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Author of Peggy Sue Messed Up, she is a recipient of the University of Connecticut’s Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize. A two-time…

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Spotlight Poetry – Return – Kathy Butterworth – Posted by Vita Brevis

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Summer kitchen – Jacek Yerka

In his 45th year
he quit alcohol and women
and went home to his wife

who rested in her kitchen
of drying herbs,
a cup of tea in front of her.

He sat down and
she offered him a cup.
He watched her at the stove

fussing over the kettle
in that way she’d had
since they were nineteen

not even trying to leave
the house. He knew
he’d stopped seeing her long ago

and that for many years
he’d been blinded
and she’d continued

baking and gardening
and growing their children
into swans.

I could cut you
a slice of bread, she offered,
there’s butter.

Kathy Butterworth’s poems have appeared in The Aurorean, Avocet, Common Ground, Snowy Egret and From the Farther Shore anthology (2021). She has been a member of Moors Poetry Collective since 2012 and her poems have appeared in their four…

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