Debra Allbery
"The Third Image": Constellations of Correspondence in Emily Dickinson, Joseph Cornell, and Charles Simic, an essay on ekphrastic poetry and the notion of poetry and painting as "the sister arts."

Debra Allbery
Three ekphrastic poems: "Courbet," "No Tutor but the North," and "How to Explain a Dead Hare."

Betty Adcock
Charles Coté
Martyn Crucefix This marks an author's first online publication
Burt Kimmelman
Eric Pankey
Michael Salcman
Nicholas Samaras This marks an author's first online publication
Jim Tilley
Gloria Vando
Eleanor Wilner

A Note on Fictional Truth, a Conversation with Ed Pavlić, by Andrew John McFadyen-Ketchum.

Book Review
"A Change of Maps" by Carolyne Wright—Book Review, by David Rigsbee.

Jim Tilley

Jim Tilley retired in 2001 after a 25-year career in insurance and investment banking. His recent poems have been published or are forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Sycamore Review, New Delta Review, Florida Review, Nimrod, Rattle, and Sou’wester. His poem, “Serendipity in the Cosmos,” won the Rhino 2006 first prize. He lives in Bedford Corners, New York.

Fish at the Dance    

You've walked from the gallery
where a bird in flight
materialized from the mind
of a peasant boy tending sheep,
featureless bronze buffed to high luster
sculpted into one long sweeping curve
whose equation he could not fathom,
and now you're swimming the depths
of his ocean, staring at blue-gray
mottled marble—
no tail, no fins, no scales,
no gills, no eyes—
headed for the stairway
where against the landing's wall
five salmon-skinned women
join hand-in-hand in dance, Matisse's circle
not quite closed, still room for Brancusi's
creature carved from stone,
celebration of becoming human
by first being fish.



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