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Issue 3.3

Fall 2023

Cliff Saunders


I would not want readers to base their readings on any autobiographical elements they may think they uncover in the poems, because there are none. As a surrealist of sorts, I'm looking for language to explode on the page, for ANY reader.

Fair Warning

Beware bullet-proof limousines

that are searching for violets across


the snowy slopes of a good thing.

Beware the changing seas acting


rationally, the roller coasters

that are a little fancy, that shut down


whenever tourists need them most.

Beware the blue seed of inspiration.


It takes up the whole river!

Beware of fall producing a dirt


that’s creamy, that’s hard to stop.

Beware of leeches that fill the slime


often shrouded in secrecy down

one side of a South Carolina park.


All will be revealed if they ever

drain the pond of a few fish.


They’re still gobbling up the secrets

of the body as we speak.

Cliff's Book Recommendations

White by Charles Simic and The Morning Glory by Robert Bly

Cliff Saunders is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including Mapping the Asphalt Meadows (Slipstream Publications) and The Persistence of Desire (Kindred Spirit Press). His poems have appeared recently in I-70 Review, Orchards Poetry Journal, Press Pause, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and The Heartland Review.

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