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Issue 3.3

Fall 2023

Sam Barbee

The Bell Tower

A suet cage dangles in our backyard             

                                       like a Hail Mary, yet less mythical

because squirrels can master it

                                      while birds lie dead in the bell tower.

Sam Barbee has a new collection, Apertures of Voluptuous Force (2022, Redhawk Publishing)  He has three previous poetry collections, including That Rain We Needed (2016, Press 53), a nominee for the Roanoke-Chowan Award as one of North Carolina’s best poetry collections of 2016.  A two-time Pushcart nominee, his poems recently appeared in Salvation South, Verse Virtual, and Grand Little Things.

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