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October 2007 Contents with links

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      Demons by Wayne Scheer

      Extended Visiting Hours For Immediate Family by Frederick "Rick" Lord

      Gloss by Lawrence Greenberg
      Idol / Rebound by Alice Anne Harwood

      The Blues Is by Guss Stepp Jr.
      Not That Dorothy by Gloria Williams

      Given Next by "Reconsiderate" Anthony Arlotta
      Of Chickens and Eggs by Mar "Mistryel" Walker

      Existence by Guss Stepp Jr.
      Loon by Peter D. Goodwin
      French Sails by Stephen Mead

      What I've Been Before by Mark McGuire-Schwartz
      Dream Immitation #8 by Steve Trebellas

      Rolling The Bodies by Stephen Mead
      Untitled by Becca Braren

Iteration In Conflict
      The Staircase of Goodbyes by Martin Willitts Jr.
      Fortune Feud by Amanda Bauch

      The Linguist's House by Karen Schubert
      Where I'm From by Debbarae Street

     During Your Reading by Victoria Munoz
      For The Birds by Peter D. Goodwin

      Man Eating A Burrito Waiting For The Movie To Start by Mark Jackley
      Over A Plate by Ray Succre

      Looking For Vincent by Guss Stepp Jr.
      Sadness Is Everywhere by Martin Willitts Jr.

Raising Questions
      The Ghosts of Halloween by Guss Stepp Jr.
      Customs by Robert Castle

      Postponing The Slippery Slopes by Earl J. Wilcox
      Portrait by Victoria Munoz

      The Gatherer by Richard Hemmings
      Hospital Coffee by Mark Jackley

Story Within Story 10/2007 (Scheer)

DEMONS by Wayne Scheer

The Poem At Length 10/2007 (Lord)

Extended Visiting Hours For Immediate Family 
by Frederick "Rick" Lord

Arcs of Attraction - Greenberg and Harwood

Gloss by Lawrence Greenberg
Idol / Rebound by Alice Anne Harwood

Blue On Black - Stepp and Williams

The Blues Is by Guss Stepp Jr.
Not That Dorothy by Gloria Williams

Codependencies - Arlotta and Walker

Given Next by "Reconsiderate" (Anthony Arlotta)
Of Chickens And Eggs by Mar (Mistryel) Walker

Cycles of Return - Stepp. Goodwin, Mead

Existence by Guss Stepp Jr.
Loon by Peter D. Goodwin
French Sails by Stephen Mead

The Farce of Fate - McGuire-Schwartz and Trebellas

What I've Been Before by Mark McGuire-Schwartz
Dream Imitation #8 by Steve Trebellas

Final Incapacities - Mead and Braren

      Rolling the Bodies by Stephen Mead
      Untitled by Becca Braren

Iteration In Conflict - Willitts and Bauch

The Staircase of Goodbyes by Martin Willits Jr.
Fortune Feud by Amanda Bauch

Leaving And Looking Back - Schubert and Streett

The Linguist's House by Karen Schubert 
Where I'm From by Debberae Streett

Listeners Active And Passive - Munoz and Goodwin

During Your Reading by Victoria Munoz
For the Birds by Peter D. Goodwin

Of Screen And Plate - Jackley and Succre

Man Eating A Burito Waiting For The Movie To Start by Mark Jackley
Over A Plate by Ray Succre

On Van Gogh - Stepp and Willitts

Looking For Vincent by Guss Stepp Jr.
Sadness is Everywhere by Martin Willitts Jr.

Raising Questions - Stepp and Castle

 The Ghosts of Halloween by Guss Stepp Jr.
      Customs by Robert Castle

Two Portraits - Wilcox and Munoz

Postponing The Slippery Slopes by Earl J. Wilcox
Portrait by Victoria Munoz

The Work And The Waiting - Hemmings and Jackley

The Gatherer* by Richard Hemmings
Hospital Coffee by Mark Jackley

* Updated version of The Gatherer provided by the author

The Gatherer

We go into the fields before daybreak.
First light colors orange into a sky of grays.
Scythes pivot against unwilling weeds' stake.
The ground is wet with the last day's turmoil;
dew stays.
And we shuffle to an unspoken tune.
A throbbing pulse calls,
not shouted,
but easily known.
Weeding out rushes
until the hour of noon, I wait
for a truth to be shown.
Sons, daughters,
our harvest: all one.
The sunlight, the morning,
the afternoon seals us and makes us dance.
Hands rise,
feet leave impressions,
a spinning wheel loops
The sun follows its path like a woman in a trance.

Say the sun is only a ball of fire
I say it is a God,
a clock,
my hands.
We gather Glory Be's
and we gather the minutes caught in wax.

Now, we are tired and going home;
slowly, studiously, steadily, steadily.
In the immense ledger of time
our return will merely be noted,
and, by then, the sun will shine somewhere else.

October 2007 Contributors


Amanda C. Bauch, writer and teacher, fled the harsh Upstate New York winters and now resides outside of Jacksonville, Florida. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and is currently working on a young adult novel and a memoir. Recently, she won an honorable mention in the Writers' Workshop of Asheville Memoir Contest and second place in the 2006 Lantern Books Essay Contest. Her short fiction has also appeared in Tattoo Highway, and a memoir piece will be in the forthcoming book, Tainted Mirror: An Anthology.

Becca Braren: I live in Los Angeles. I was born and raised in Nashville, much of the time on a tour bus with my father. I let my children climb into my bed as often as they like. I am a professional consultant to commercial photographers and a student of MFA in Writing program at Calarts. I believe I will begin work for the Black Clock Journal in September.

Robert Castle's novel, NEITHER HEAD NOR TAIL, published in 2008, by Casperian Books. This September I had a play performed as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. I have regular features in Unlikely Stories and Bright Lights Film Journal. I make my living as a teacher of History and Film at a small academy outside Trenton, NJ.

Gloria Williams is a Brooklyn born poet, visual artist, and vocalist for the band Kanipchen-Fit (www.myspace.com/kanipchenfit). She has read at venues including Galapagos Art Space, KGB Bar, Bowery Poetry Club, Barnes & Nobles Bookstore, St. Marks Poetry Project, The Nuyorican Poets Café and club OCCI (Open Cultural Center) in Amsterdam. Her poems have been published in literary 'zines including A Gathering of the Tribes (#6, #11), LUNGFILL! (#3), Interview, and the anthology Aloud, Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, her author illustrated story-poem Cracked Tale was published by Big Fat Press. She has worked as a professor in art for SUNY Purchase college and The Copper Union as well as an educator in arts and writing for museum and arts organizations. She resides in the Spanish Harlem area of New York.

Peter D Goodwin was born in New Jersey, college in Virginia, travelled through Europe and Asia; taught at University in Thailand, elementary school in England, secondary school in Virginia; moved to New York, worked as a playwright, moved to Maryland, bought a boat, writes poetry while providing succulent treats for deer, rodents, birds and insects.

Lawrence Greenberg has had fiction published in the following anthologies: Ghosts (Pocket Books, ed. by Peter Straub; my story was included in the Honorable Mentions List of Year's Best Fantasy, 1995); Horrors! 365 Scary Stories (Barnes & Noble; 2 stories); The Secret Prophecies of Nostradamus (New American Library); Borderlands 4 (Borderlands and White Wolf, ed. by Thomas Monteleone). Poetry in various small magazines. Articles in CNS News, Spirituality and Health, Ipso Facto, Easy Home Computing, A+, NonStop, et al. Book reviews in the Washington Post and Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Alice Anne Harwood

Richard Hemmings --

Mark Jackley I'm a marketing writer in Washington, DC, whose work has appeared in various journals. My first chapbook, "Brevities," was recently published by Ginninderra Press and my second collection (title pending) is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Frederick (Rick) Lord is the Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts at Southern New Hampshire University, where he also teaches English and serves as poetry editor for Amoskeag, SNHU’s literary magazine. A finalist in this year’s Dogwood Poetry Prize, Lord has recently had poems accepted by Blueline, Switched-on Gutenberg, kaleidowhirl, Main Channel Voices, and caesura. He and his wife Heather, a painter, live in Bow, N. H.

Stephen Mead is an artist and writer living in NY. Please feel free to google his name to links for other work he has done.

Victoria Munoz

Wayne Scheer retired to follow his own advice and write after teaching writing and literature in college for twenty-five years. He's been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net. His work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Notre Dame Magazine, The Pedestal, flashquake, Pindedyboz, Eclectica, Blood Orange Review, River Walk Journal, The Potomac and Triplopia. Wayne lives in Atlanta with his wife and can be contacted at wvscheer@aol.com.

Reconsiderate (Anthony Arlotta) uses words to process the less-than-efficient aspects of his life, and replace them with better ones. He is a programmer of thought, a database administrator for the great server that is our universe. Often times, his poems become lyrics for his intense artronica (music for voracious audiophiles and linguistic aesthetes). If you like the poem appearing in this issue of Bent Pin, visit www.reconsiderate.com and navigate yourself to the "Recordings" section to see whether it makes an appearance in audio format.

Karen Schubert: is a graduate student in creative writing at Cleveland State, and editor of Whiskey Island. Recipient of Youngstown State University's Hare Award for poetry, her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Mid-America Poetry Review, DMQ, Angle, Primavera, Versal, Poetry Midwest, Bent Pin Quarterly and others .

Debbarae Streett --

Guss Stepp Jr.  --

Ray Succre currently lives on the southern Oregon coast with his wife and baby son. He has been published in Aesthetica, Laika, and Rock Salt Plum, as well as in numerous others across as many countries. He tries hard.

Steve Trebellas recently got his MFA from Southern Illinois University His poems have appeared in Hiss Quarterly, Lunarosity, Stone Table, Boxcar, Innisfree, and Poemeleon.

Mar Mistryel Walker - Bent Pin's Editor

Earl J. Wilcox, retired after 40 years of university teaching, began writing poetry at age 71. In the past two years he has published more than 45 poems on topics as diverse as baseball, birds, aging, and fishing. His works appears in The Centrifugal Eye, Word Riot, Underground Voices, and many other places. Contact him at earlwilcox@comporiuim.net

Martin Willitts Jr graduated from Syracuse University and he is a Senior Librarian in New York. Recent publications in Pebble Lake Review, Hurricane Blues (anthology), Hotmetalpress.net, Haigaonline, Bent Pin, 5th Gear, Slow Trains, and others. He has a fifth chapbook "Falling In and Out of Love" (Pudding House Publications, 2005), an online chapbook "Farewell--the journey now begins" (www.languageandculture.net 2006, in archives), a full length book of poems with his art "The Secret Language of the Universe" (March Street Press, 2006), and he has another chapbook “Lowering Nets of Light” Pudding House Publications (2007). He has edited a poetry anthology about cancer, “Alternatives to Surrender” with funds from an Individual Artist grant to be printed at the end of 2007.