Gargoyle Online

# 3

Nicelle Davis

photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Table of Contents





Mary Ann Cain
• How Do We Know Planets Will Persist

Eric Darton
• CorpoReal

April Ford
• Snapdragon

Avital Gad-Cykman
• Mothers

Karen Goldstein
• Flip Flops

Melanie S. Hatter
• excerpt from “All the Pain We Endure”

Richard Holeton
• Counting

Nathan Leslie
• Our Unwired Yurt is Better than Your Wired Non-Yurt
• Back of this Shampoo Bottle

John Saul
• Havana

Stan Lee Werlin
• All the Days We Whirled

Lora Berg
• High-Wire
• Ululations

Sara R. Burnett
• Hard Lemon
•Sonnet for a Time of Ambivalence
•There Are No Words For

Hayes Davis
• Burn the Blindfold
• Dolphin Speaks
• The Unwritten Poem Speaks

Nina Heiser
• Weeding
• Land’s End

Erin Hoover
• the nineties
• the power of passive voice
• What use are you?

George Kalamaras
• Listening to “Park Avenue Petite,” Hearing My Rain-Raked Heart All Over Again
• Jack Wilson Tries to Convince Roy Ayers to Join His Quartet, 1963
• One Night in Indy, January 18, 1959, Eddie Higgins Trio with an Unknown Bassist
• Not Just Forest Rain but Bamboo Hollow: Fancy Miss Nancy’s “Happy Talk”

David Kirby
• Demons, Also Saints, Scientists, and Love-Struck Sophomores
• Outfit Alert!
• Gerda Weismann is Putting on Her Ski Boots

Elisabeth Murawski
• much worse things
• Remembering Worldly Laura

Frederick Ramey
• Untitled

Lawrence R. Smith
• The Lex

Virgil Suarez
• Trigger Warnings
• Days of Quarantine
• A Gathering of Ladies Around a Bonfire

Pamela Murray Winters
• Hush
• Provincetown Seduction
• Anyway, the Moon

Rick Campbell
• At the Beach: Covid High Tide

Peter Cherches
• Mothers

Glenn Deutsch
• Among Javelina

Gary Fincke
• Deflections

Patricia Henley
• Beginner Mind

Kelly Ann Jacobson
• Calf Poetica

Bob Kunzinger
• Behind Bars

Raima Larter
• Pillar of Salt

Donna Moss
• Home

Steven B.  Rogers
• Running the Grunion

Vallie Lynn Watson
• The Long Walk

Grace Cavalieri
• Paper, beads, paint on canvas
• Polyester fibers, plastic/paper, paint, beads on canvas
• Acrylic, photos, text, beads, watches, paint, on canvas mounted on acrylic backboard
• Acrylic palette, beads on canvas

Nicelle Davis
• Cover

Margaret McCarthy
4 photos

• Crystal Boots
• Crystal Dress
• Orange Crush
• Piercing Diptych


Tina Fulker
• Snow Storm II

Josip Novakovich
• Anatomy Professor

Special Thanks

Special thanks to
• Mary Ellen Bercik
• Book Riot
• Elizabeth Bruce
• Susann Cokal
• Margaret Grosh
• George Kalamaras
• Literary Hub
• Michael Martone
• Maritza Rivera
Verse Daily.

And humongous thanks to Marci Nadler for introducing me to Amy and Jamie Potter of The Crooked Angels (for CD issue #76)

and also to Laura Costas for stepping in at last second to insert a TOC for Music Gigs Gone Wrong.

Wendy Guberman -Electronic mag layout

last words

“All poets, all writers are political. They either maintain the status quo, or they say, ’Something’s wrong, let’s change it for the better.’”
—Sonia Sanchez

“It’s not the word made flesh we want in writing, in poetry and fiction,
but the flesh made word.”
—William Gass

“I write fiction because it doesn’t make claims to Truth or pronouncements or
general statements about life, it narrates them.
—Lynne Tillman

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.”
— Andrew Gide

“Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.”
–June Jordan

“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”
–Ray Bradbury

“I have lived a thousand lives and I have loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time.
Because I read.”
–George R.R. Martin

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.”
—Alice Walker

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else
on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid
squares of paper unfolds world after world after world.”
–Anne Lamott
“When I began to listen to poetry, it’s when I began to listen to the stones, and I began to listen to what the clouds had to say, and I began to listen to other. And I think, most importantly for all of us, then you begin to learn to listen to the soul, the soul of yourself in here, which is also the soul of everyone else.”
—Joy Harjo
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
–Victor Hugo

“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”
—Lawrence Ferlinghetti
“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.”
—Rita Dove
“Books don’t just go with you. They take you where you’ve never been.”


Shinzo Abe

Melissa Bank

Jennifer Bartlett

Taurean Blacque

Raymond Briggs

Frederick Buechner

Pat Carroll

Kal David

Vincent DeRosa

Tony Dow

Lamont Dozier

Judith Durham

Nicholas Evans

Alberto Gait&aacuten

William Garrison

Frank Gatling

Noah Eli Gordon

Dani Graule

Helen Grayco

Clu Gulager

Michael Henderson

Darryl Hunt

L.Q. Jones

James Longenbach

Jim Lynch

Don Mattera

David McCullough

Nichelle Nichols

Monty Norman

Claes Oldenburg

Mo Ostin

Wolfgang Petersen

Bob Rafelson

Sandy Roberton

Bill Russell

Vin Scully

Jean-Jacques Sempe

Paul Sorvino

Monnette Sudler

Creed Taylor

Barbara Thompson

Leon Vitali

Tom Weiskopf

Ernie Zampese