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Category: The Creative Series

Bristlecone Pine

A Poem by Chase Ambler The ancient Bristlecone stands gnarled and battered against the centuries. Each twist in its bark a memory of a fellow tree lost. The wildfire flames […]

She Spoke Like Late Autumn

A Poem by Chase Ambler She spoke like late autumn reds oranges yellows once fireballs lining streets casting golden hues below long fallen from shivering limbs now trodden in November […]

Scaling Together

A poem by Chase Ambler                   Scaling Together Born in the forest stream, You played among the young Saplings of aspen groves. […]

A Song in the Wood by Nicholas Trandahl

Spring had settled fully over Apple Creek Forest in Franklin County, Massachusetts, and with it came a bright and green exuberance. The namesake of the woods, Apple Creek itself, seemed […]

Rains I & II

 A poem by Chase Ambler Rains I & II -I- The first drops lick the glass like highway bugs on windshields. Stirred by the rising winds, an empty grocery bag […]

Hemidactylus Frenatus

 A poem by Chase Ambler He called me Chichak, watched me hunt around the light bulb. He inspected ceilings, walls, closet doors, and found no ropes, no wires, no strings— […]

October Brass by Nicholas Trandahl

Chester Niklasson was going to play music for his mother, as he did once or twice a month. It was a routine that the man of thirty had dutifully practiced […]

Inquisitive: Part 16

By Hassan Izzo I sighed with relief as I collapsed down onto my bed. God it feels good to be home. I felt mentally exhausted. “Seven days. It’s incredible. I […]

Tuk-Tuk

 A poem by Chase Ambler   A few baht admits you to the piercing gasoline stench, the waft of grilled meat through smoke, the air hanging with water, the orchids […]

Inquisitive: Part 15

By Hassan Izzo I stood up again. “What happened to the girl?” “She rejected the opportunity to become an agent for our mission out of hand.” “So, what happened to […]

Thursday Tracks

 A poem by Chase Ambler ~ Reflection ~ I remember riding the Light Rail one day and really noticing some of the monochromatic landscapes that it passes through. The only […]

Colors in Descent by Nicholas Trandahl

They had once been young lovers, but now they were no longer young. During the summer their twenties had both given way to their thirties, a fresh new decade that […]

Inquisitive: Part 14

By Hassan Izzo I watched and listened to my grandmother explaining the intricacies and plot details of this on-going battle with a feeling of detachment. My anger and disbelief were […]

My Girlfriend’s Grandpa

 A poem by Chase Ambler Photo credit to CERAC ~ Reflection ~ First of all, the title really dates this poem. I haven’t thought of my wife as my girlfriend […]

Inquisitive: Part 13

By Hassan Izzo “It is the very essence of subtlety and elegance. Not one thing has been left to, or happened, by chance. The gradual rise of capitalism, of materialism, […]

Alpenglow

 A poem by Chase Ambler ~ Reflection ~ In this love poem to my wife, I compare her to the only thing that comes close: nature. The poem follows the […]