¹ Like sharks stopping short of swimming the length of an estuary into its lake.

    ² First in line, now grown, he ebbed out of grief.

    ³ While she slept, belladonna plagued her dreams.

    ⁴ In this case, female indigo buntings.

    ⁵ His speech augured work for all but also an ontological raison d’être.

    ⁶ The sisters, long weary of kitchen work, waded through the forest glade’s waist-high grass.

    ⁷ As if on cue, the gloom cleared; each mind turned.

D.R. James

Art by Eric Erekson

Poetry by D.R. James

D. R. James has taught college writing, literature, and peace-making for 35 years and lives in the woods near Saugatuck, Michigan. Poems and prose have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, his latest of eight poetry collections are If god were gentle (Dos Madres Press) and Surreal Expulsion (The Poetry Box), and a microchapbook All Her Jazz is free and downloadable-for-folding at the Origami Poems Project. www.amazon.com/author/drjamesauthorpage

Art by Eric Erekson

Eric Erekson resides in Salt Lake City with his partner, Sallie, and child, Charlie. His mother fostered his love for art from an early age, and he would go on to receive a BFA and MFA, despite an accident that temporarily halted his progress but now informs his work. Now, he teaches at the University of Utah.