POETRY

Poetry has a special place in the heart of The Wild Word and we believe that the world is a better place with poetry in it.

We have been delighted and honored to publish the poets below.

Read some of the poems below and you may find yourself transported, your world changed, or that your day just got a little bit brighter.

Vivian Wagner

Vivian Wagner

Vivian Wagner’s poems ‘Wholestory’ and ‘Handicraft’

Kurt Newton

Kurt Newton

Kurt Newton’s poem ‘These Shapes That We’ve Become’

Jade Riordan

Jade Riordan

Jade Riordan’s poems ‘Faintest Mirror’ and ‘Snow Melt’

Kimberly Williams

Kimberly Williams

Kimberly Williams’s poems ‘Being Frank: A Daughter Reflects’, ‘The Wish’ and ‘Morning Thoughts (It Is, Part I)’

Karen Byk

Karen Byk

Karen Byk’s poem ‘Object of Desire’

Priscilla Frake

Priscilla Frake

Priscilla Frake’s poems ‘What Should I Ask For? What Should I Ask?,’ ‘Sunday Conversations with my Mother,’ and ‘Passenger Safety Information, DAL Love Field.’

Joseph Mills

Joseph Mills

Joseph Mills’s poems ‘The Deep End’, ‘In Jane Austen’, and ‘A Brief History of Time’

Ina Jain

Ina Jain

Ina Jain’s poems ‘Wayward Passage’, ‘Solar Storms’, and ‘Spring Tide’

Lennart Lundh

Lennart Lundh

Lennart Lundh’s poem ‘There are doves here’

KB Ballentine

KB Ballentine

KB Ballentine’s poems ‘Cobwebs, Breathing’, ‘Return My Dreams to Me’, and ‘At Letting Go’

Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

Felicia Sanzari Chernesky’s poems ‘Valentine’, ‘I Will Not Speak of the Dead’, and ‘Prayer’

Kirsty A. Niven

Kirsty A. Niven

Kirsty A. Niven’s poems ‘Prophecy’, ‘Into the Wild’, and ‘Five Minutes

Serene Leong

Serene Leong

Serene Leong’s poems ‘Homesick’ and ‘Willow Tree’

Gary Rosin

Gary Rosin

Gary Rosin’s poem ‘Crossing Kansas’

Dargan M. Ware

Dargan M. Ware

Dargan M. Ware’s poem ‘The Words that Come in Winter’

Bruce McRae

Bruce McRae

Bruce McRae’s poem ‘Pioneer’s Diary’

mr oCean

mr oCean

mr oCean’s poem ‘A Winter Watercolour’

Adrian Ibarra

Adrian Ibarra

Adrian Ibarra’s poem ‘thaw of the permafrost’

Nate Maxson

Nate Maxson

Nate Maxson’s poem ‘Diagram for a Rain Machine’

Jake Tringali

Jake Tringali

Jake Tringali’s poem ‘looking for logic in a long island iced tea’

Nightsongs

Nightsongs

John C. Mannone’s multimedia project and ode to the heavens – Nightsongs

Adesina Ajala

Adesina Ajala

Adesina Ajala’s poem ‘How My Void Takes Form’

Daniel Hudon

Daniel Hudon

Daniel Hudon’s poem ‘Diary of a Russian Cosmonaut’

Feby Joseph

Feby Joseph

Feby Joseph’s poem ‘Planning an itinerary to visit the moon’

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy’s poem ‘Visit from an incubus’

Melissa F. Kaelin

Melissa F. Kaelin

Melissa F. Kaelin’s poems ‘The color of my experiences’ and ‘a space’

Linda Ferguson

Linda Ferguson

Linda Ferguson’s poems ‘Pluto Speaks’, ‘These Summer Nights’, and ‘From the Imaginary Journals of Venetia Burney’

Kari A. Flickinger

Kari A. Flickinger

Kari A. Flickinger’s poems ‘A Meme for the Winged’ and ‘Woman Wreathed in Seaweed’

Paul Green

Paul Green

Paul Green’s poem ‘An apology to oranges’

Zoe Mitchell

Zoe Mitchell

Zoe Mitchell’s poem ‘Chanctonbury Ring’

Origins

Origins

Amlanjyoti Goswami on the inspiration behind his poem ‘Open Door’

Hannah Madonna

Hannah Madonna

Hannah Madonna’s poems ‘A Lover’s Map’, ‘Rated “M” for Mature’, and ‘To Eat a Peach’

Beverly M. Collins

Beverly M. Collins

Beverly M. Collins’ poems ‘Jagged’, ‘Vandal’, and ‘Company’

Isabella J. Mansfield

Isabella J. Mansfield

Isabella J Mansfield’s poems ‘Aftershocks’, ‘Untitled’, and ‘Ten Peach Pits Contain Enough Cyanide To Kill You’

Lorette C. Luzajic

Lorette C. Luzajic

Lorette C. Luzajic’s poems ‘You Took Me into the Woods’, ‘The Pornographer’, and ‘Fresh Horses’

Martin Willitts Jr.

Martin Willitts Jr.

Martin Willitts Jr’s poems ‘Encounter’ and ‘Yoshida at Tōkaidō’

Phil Hawtin

Phil Hawtin

Phil Hawtin’s poems ‘Mixing Memory With Desire’ and ‘Head Carved by a Blind Man – in Wood’

James Steck

James Steck

James Steck’s poems ‘Sketch of a man in the air’, ‘A Friend in Southwest Virginia’, and ‘View from the balcony across the street’

Sven Kretzschmar

Sven Kretzschmar

Sven Kretzschmar’s poems ‘A Private Sphere’, ‘Involuntarily Awake’, and ‘ A dream’

Robert Cooperman

Robert Cooperman

Robert Cooperman’s poems ‘Cerise’. ‘Reuben Plays the Painted Mandolin’, and ‘Ruby Clair Tempts Reuben’

Lauren Scharhag

Lauren Scharhag

Lauren Scharhag’s poems ‘Return’, ‘Jesus Flicks’, and ‘Girl with a Cigarette’

Kelsie Renehan

Kelsie Renehan

Kelsie Renehan’s poems ‘NOT SPEAKING VERY WELL’, ‘KATIE//FOR ALL THE GHOSTS IN OHIO’, and ‘JACOB//JAKE & KELSIE DRIVE TO HOUSTON’

Charles Venable

Charles Venable

Charles Venable’s poem ‘Found in the Corner of a Child’s Notebook’

Bruce McRae

Bruce McRae

Bruce McRae’s poems ‘Some Angelology’, ‘Wetting the Baby’s Head’ and ‘The Devil’s Sportscar’

Cheryl Caesar

Cheryl Caesar

Cheryl Caesar’s poems ‘Stored Credit’ and ‘Photo: on the dock at Black Lake, Michigan’

John Hicks

John Hicks

John Hick’s poem ‘Ars New Mexico’

Wendy DeGroat

Wendy DeGroat

Wendy DeGroat’s poem ‘What Food (In) Security Sounds Like’

Sandra Fees

Sandra Fees

Sandra Fees’ poem ‘A Heart-Bearing Thing’

George Franklin

George Franklin

George Franklin’s poems ‘Agua’, ‘Caffè Corretto’, and ‘Yellow Peaches from Chile’

Raymond Luczak

Raymond Luczak

Raymond Luczak’s poem ‘Mother’s Bistro & Bar’

Mary Lee

Mary Lee

Mary Lee poems ‘Leftovers’, ‘A room with a table and a fire’, and ‘Thirst’

Charissa Menefee

Charissa Menefee

Charissa Menefee’s poems ‘The Poet Ponders Porridge’ and ‘Future Stores’

Anne Harding Woodworth

Anne Harding Woodworth

Anne Harding Woodworth’s poems ‘At the Drive-Thru, 5 a.m.’ and ‘Translation Typo’

MD Kerr

MD Kerr

MD Kerr’s poems ‘The Thing’ and ‘Janet & Thomas’

Vince Gotera

Vince Gotera

Vince Gotera’s poems ‘Magic Horses’ and ‘Magic Carpet’

Giles Goodland

Giles Goodland

Giles Goodland’s poems ‘Heron Ascending’, ‘Gravity’, and ‘Clouds taken for Mountains’

Karen Petersen

Karen Petersen

Karen Petersen’s poems ‘So Let’s Go’, ‘Bergistrall’, and ‘The Walk’

Piet Nieuwland

Piet Nieuwland

Piet Nieuwland’s poems ‘Watching the sky speak’, ‘Open to the world’, and ‘On the wing of light’

Sven Kretzschmar

Sven Kretzschmar

Sven Kretzschmar’s poems ‘Cry of the red kite’, ‘Rose Hips I’, and ‘Lüneburg haiku’

Yuan Changming

Yuan Changming

Yuan Changming’s poem ‘Snowing against Season’ and ‘Infinitival Infinities’

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