Issue 56 — 

James Gardner
Mitch Grabois
Bruce Spang

James Gardner

Photography by James Gardner

Little Pond at Widelake
Copyright © 2012 by James Gardner. All rights reserved.

C&O Canal at Old Angler's Inn
Copyright © 2012 by James Gardner. All rights reserved.

Harper's Ferry, Dawn
Copyright © 2012 by James Gardner. All rights reserved.

James Gardner has served the Washington, D.C., community as a photographer since locating here from Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, in 1984. His photography assignments have taken him all over the United States, Canada, and Germany. Prior to this, he worked as a writer and editor. A pilot, a published author, and an avid guitarist, Gardner loves Corgis.

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Mitch Grabois

The Crisis of Global Warming Solved

Capture an asteroid
say, Ganymed
286 million-billion pounds
and push it to Lagrange Point L1
the spot where the gravitational pull of the sun
and the earth
cancel each other out

Run an engine
to spew out a cloud of dust,
anchored by Ganymed’s gravity,
which will block sunlight
and cool the Earth

The crisis of global warming solved
No more fussing
Industrial progress can proceed
Full speed ahead!

Copyright © 2012 by Mitch Grabois.

Mitch Grabois’ poetry and short fiction have appeared in nearly seventy literary magazines, most recently The Examined Life, Memoir Journal, Out of Our and Turbulence Magazine (England). His novel, Two-Headed Dog was published by Dirt e-books, founded by NY agent Gary Heidt.


Bruce Spang


3 am you will wake
a crevasse of light that’s all
from your room
your feet creep down the stairs
daily meditations
smell of coffee
near black of morning
when I wake hours later
the driveway this December morning
will be shoveled— it snowed all night—
there is quiet
caressing rooms
one light in the dining room
you are gone the tracks from your car
covered already
rooms eerily empty
bunny in his cage
his large eyes alert
for lettuce nestled in
shredded newspaper with news
from the summer last
on the side table
a cup of coffee one sip left
as if it’s expecting you’ll be back
you will come back
while I’m in the shower
will cut the grapefruit and an apple
fit them in a bowl together snug
when I come down the stairs
I will see you in the lounge chair reading
Good morning you say
and before I know it it is

Copyright © 2012 by Bruce Spang.

Bruce Spang, poet laureate of Portland, teaches American literature at Scarborough High School. His most recent creative endeavor involved writing the libretto for The White Rose, an opera about the gay man murdered by 3 high school boys in Bangor. He is working on several other projects at once, writing a novel, putting together a collection of Maine gay poetry, and researching a book on putting the art back in language arts—a book on how to merge teaching the craft of writing as a way to teach literature. He is author of To the Promised Land Grocery (Moon Pie Press, 2008), I Have Walked though Many Lives: Young Voices—Scarborough (Moon Pie, Press 2009) and The Knot, (Snow Drift Press, 2005), Tip End of Time (Snow Drift Press, 2004). He has published four books on drug and alcohol education in the schools along with several articles in major magazines. He has worked in the Scarborough School Department for nearly two decades, teaching creative writing for the past eight years. He brought Baron Wormser to Scarborough to teach teachers how to teach poetry in the classroom. Each year, students in his classes have won major prizes in local and state contests.