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Issue#30 - Dedication Theme:
Freedom of Information in the Genetically Modified Age
Lack of transparency might be the worst problem of genetically modified foods


 A Villanelle and Subversive Clichés
Julie Mardin, Over
by
Annette BASALYGA

OVER

No gardens now or flowing streams to praise,
No scenic, cloud-crowned mountains to astound,
Nothing much is left now to amaze.

It’s happened suddenly, not phase by phase,
No frogs or crickets, no singing birds around,
No gardens now or flowing streams to praise.

But yesterday I saw a mole attempt to raise
Itself out of the hot, dead ground.
Nothing much is left now to amaze.

No gardeners to point out the error of our ways,
Too late for remedy, there’s no rebound.
No gardens now or flowing streams to praise.

The grass has browned, no animals can graze,
The pasture fence has nothing to surround.
And nothing much is left now to amaze.

Of course, the signs were there in earlier days.
While we just made the best of what we found.
And now there’s nothing left that can amaze.
And now there is no landscape left to praise.

-- 2014

 

Julie Mardin, Listen Up 2

LISTEN UP

It’s certainly not
business as usual
my cup of tea
the end of the world

Though it could be
.an exception that proves the rule
...a blessing in disguise
...a whole new ballgame

More likely it’s
opening a can of worms.
...a sign of the times
.....getting out of hand
.....too little too late

And if you don’t believe me
it’s no skin off my nose
it’s your funeral

-- 2013




BIO: Annette Basalyga’s poems have been published in numerous journals and periodicals. She has been recognized by the Chester H. Jones Foundation, received a Duncan Lawrie Prize from the Arvon Foundation, and a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has taught at the University of Puerto Rico, Marywood University, and Penn State, Worthington Campus and lives in Connecticut. Her latest book of poems, Lifer, was published in 2011 and is available on Amazon. OVER is Annette Basalyga’s Villanelle.

Artwork: Censored Gourmet Magazines, Alaska, 1976, Cornwall, 1971, by Julie Mardin, 2014



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