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A Hundred Gourds 4:1 December 2014

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           eleven minutes
on the eleven o'clock news
       back on the brink

space Helen Buckingham - UK
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  drone attacks
my child goes to bed
with leftover stones

space Emmanuel Jessie Kalusian - Nigeria
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    the torrent
mixed up the mine fields
and the graves

space Vesna Stipcic - Croatia
space(translater: Djurdja Vukelic Rozic)
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deep inside
a medieval fear –
Good Friday

space Ruth Holzer - USA
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  night deepening my fear of her china dolls

space John McManus - UK
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    breaking
an empty piñata …
Dia de Muertos

space Ken Olson - USA
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evening chill –
starting my Sanskrit lessons
with ‘Karma’

space Kanchan Chatterjee - India
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  the one
wearing a white toga asks:
what afterlife?

space Robert Epstein - USA
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    morning hymns –
the sparrow sways too
on a Neem branch

space Yesha Shah - India
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as we forgive
the progress of a crack
between stained-glass windows

space Jonathan McKeown - Australia
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  after rain the minister’s comfortable room for doubts

space Els van Leeuwen - Australia
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    teething pup –
the tattered remains of
The Satanic Verses

space Arvinder Kaur - India
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evening prayer the echo within

space Kashinath Karmakar - India
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         fasting stone Buddha
in the hollows of his ribs
       grey lichen …

space William Seltzer - USA
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    buddha’s birthday
thin ice
on the lotus pond

space Michael Rehling - USA
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