Gargoyle Online

# 4

Nancy Hightower

Nancy Hightower
Puddle Reflection photo

Table of Contents




Roberta Allen
• Not So Good
• A Room

RR Angell
• Beachhead

Clark Bouwman
• Freddo Cappuccino

Elizabeth Bruce
• Racket

Tara Campbell
• In the City of Crying Merchants
• In the City of Falling Magicians

Roger W. Hecht
• Poem

Len Kruger
• Erwin Fletcher

Christopher Linforth
The Last of Us

Alyce Lomax
• Plants

Anne Marsella
• Billie Jean King and Two Pink Balls

Gloria Mindock
• The Man Who Collected Eyelashes

Lance Olsen
• excerpt from Always Crashing in the Same Car

Lawrence Paulson
• So Did You Dance?

David Reel
• The Top Floor of the Sash and Blind

Doug Rice
• Rain in October

Jeff Richards
• I’m Going In

Gregg Shapiro
• Heavy Meddle

Joan Stepp Smith
• Time Released History 2 Mitigate Grimoire

Jennifer Bort Yacovissi
• The Appointment

Tim G. Young
• The Real Photo

Serena Agusto-Cox
• Endless Spiral

Joel Allegretti
• Poem Inspired by Degas’s L’Absinthe
• Autobiography of the Gimp

Mary Bargteil
• Life’s Anvil

Alessandra Bava
• Love Letter to Anne Sexton #17
• Love Letter to Anne Sexton #37

Craig Bertuglia
• Revival

CL Bledsoe
• Dog in the Rain
• The Work of Dying

Ace Boggess
• The Ex-Cons Parade
• White Rabbit

J.D. Brayton
• Chalk

Shirley J. Brewer
• Memoir in 22 Lines
• Cubicle 4

Michael Brockley
• Threshold
• Wile E. Coyote Faces an Existential Crisis and Doubts His Worth as a Lover

Nancy Naomi Carlson
• Calder’s Menagerie
• An Excess of Dreaming
• By Any Other Name

Maxine Chernoff
•  Diary: In a house I’ve never seen
• Diary: Simple realism
• Diary: At the flea market

Lisa Couturier
• A Letter to My Father’s Lewy Body Dementia
• A Map for My Father

Henry Crawford
• Afterwards

Katharine Davis
• She’s Leaving Home
• Don’t Tell the Children

Barbara Westwood Diehl
• On Not Drowning at a Family Reunion
• I Wanted to Ride to Work in the Back of a Pickup Truck

Margaret Diehl
• Confessional
• The Obituary

Denise Duhamel
• Orchid
• The Globe
• Adaptation
• Flip
• My Mother’s New Daughters

John Eustis
• The Bad Samaritans
• Demolition

Kristin Kowalski Ferragut
• Celebration of Survival
• Seems We Fall into Buddhist Surrender
• Empathy

Andy Fogle
• Mother Countries
• The Swimming Lesson

Richard Fulco
• Anderson Park
• Suburbanly Stoned

Sid Gold
• Beauty
• Cry

Eric D. Goodman
• Water Fall Blues
• Embracing Hermithood

Erica Goss
• At Eleven
• Guerrilla

Shelley Blue Grabel
• Random Fact

Anne Graue
• Why I Play Candy Crush on My Phone Every Morning

Nina Heiser
• West Side Algebraic

Amy Holman
• Intelligence
• Wild Borough

Paul Ilechko
• Ghost Town Sonnet
• The Father the Jazzman

Jeffrey N. Johnson
• Mediate, Meditate

Ken Kakareka
• Some Events in October
• ticket
• Nothing New

W. F. Lantry
• Flood Warning
• Gold
• Knowing Ourselves

Christopher Locke
• King Carter

Gregory Luce
• Pharoah Sanders Meets Coltrane in Heaven

Jack Mackey
• 1701 Q Street Conversion
• Ada Limon Perches on my Knee and Reads Her Poems
• When You Really Wish You Were Stupid
• Hamartia
• Happy Endings

e. megg magee
• Giraffes Hum To Each Other Throughout the Night

Joyce Enzor Maust
• The Day I Left Home
• The Songs of My People

Chloe Yelena Miller
• Italian Vocabulary: Intimissimi
• Pantheon

Miles David Moore
• Cutting to the Chase
• Chopin Mazurka
• The Criminal

Robert Michael Oliver
• The Creation Cycle

C. Mikal Oness
• This Goes with That
• For the Love of Cows
• The Implements in the Copse

Steven B. Rogers
• Field Notes

M. A.  Schaffner
• Plague Diary: Not a Post Script by A Long Shot
• The Confederate Flag

Eric Paul Shaffer
• Ceremony, In the American Twilight
• Sylvia Plath’s Keyboard Lament
• Lettered Among the Stars in Heaven

Walt Shulits
• For Winston

Sharon Suzuki-Martinez
• Duct Tape

Devin Taylor
• Daddy Choirboy

Susan Isla Tepper
• Bled Off

Gillian Thomas
• Caged
• Women on Horseback

Erick Verran
• The Zygomatic Process of the Temporal Bone
• Ode to Bouldering
• Jumpers
• A Carousel at the End of the World

Emma Sky Wolf
• In the Center

Jamie Brown
• Half-Life

Rick Campbell
• Flying
• Lucky, Lucky Life

Nita Congress
• Doris Grumbach

Brandel France del Bravo
• Resilience V and VII

Gary Fincke
• The Barter System

Susan Bucci Mockler
• Epistolary Writing

Hillary White
• rabbits


Larissa Shmailo
• My First Hurricane
• The Gospel According to Magdalene

Rebecca Villarreal
• Rubberband Ball for Joey
• Steel Wool


Nancy Hightower
• Cover Art

Camille Martin
• Arrival
• The Calling
• Squid
• The Sublime

DJ Gaskin
• Butterfly Dance

Jose Padua
• 4 Photos

 Linda Rodgers
• “Backyard winter still life” 2022

Special Thanks

Hildie S. Block,
Elizabeth Bruce,
Nancy Naomi Carlson,
Kelly Cressio-Moeller,
Elizabeth Oness,
plus Little Patuxent Review
and Luna Station Quarterly

Wendy Guberman – Electronic mag layout

last words

“You know, the idea of perfection in a poem is pretty stupid. Because if nothing else is perfect, why should a poem be perfect?
― Bernadette Mayer

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”
― Arundhati Roy

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
—Albert Einstein
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
–Louis L’amour
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
—Ray Bradbury
“The best fiction writers write like they’re in love—and edit like they’re in charge.”
—Jacob Scott Bell

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
– Anna Quindlen

“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.”
— Edward Hopper
“There are things that are not sayable. That’s why we have art.”
–Leonora Carrington
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
“In the end, we’ll all become stories.”
–Margaret Atwood
“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
— Andre Gide
“The writer’s role is to menace the public’s conscience. He must have a position, a point of view. He must see the arts as a vehicle of social criticism and he must focus on the issues of his time.”
–Rod Serling
“I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.”
–Jorge Luis Borges
“Poetry does not come from what you know.”
— W.S. Merwin


Robert Adamson

Angelo Badalamenti

Greg Bear

Jet Black

Christian Bobin

George Booth

Dave Butz

Michael Callan

Irene Cara

Robert Clary

Geoff Cochrane

Robbie Coltrane

Glenn Corbett

Gal Costa

Milovan Danojlić

Cotton Davidson

Herbert A. Deutsch

Vince Dooley

Barbara Ehrenreich

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Anton Fier

Louise Fletcher

Jean-Luc Godard

Mick Goodrick

Robert Gordon

Derek Granger

Doris Grumbach

Ray Guy

John Hadl

Terry Hall

Alan Halsey

Franco Harris

Marva Hicks

David Huerta

Marsha Hunt

Ian Jack

Luther Johnson

Wilko Johnson

Danny Kalb

Aline Kominsky-Crumb

Doug Lang

Angela Lansbury

Dominique Lapierre

Keith Levene

Jerry Lee Lewis

Ramsey Lewis

Lenny Lipton     

Sterling Lord

Lee Lorenz

Loretta Lynn

Hilary Mantel

Stuart Margolin

Javier Marias

Bernadette Mayer

Diane McBain

Mary McCaslin

Christine McVie

Rab Noakes

Diane Noomin

John Jay Osborn, Jr.

Irene Papas

Mimi Parker


Gaylord Perry

Jo Carol Pierce

Sybil Pike

Cecile Pineda

William Rivers Pitt

Andrew Prine

Ned Rorem

Maya Ruiz-Picasso

Lori Saint-Martin

Pharoah Sanders

Peter Schjeldahl

Marcus Sedgwick

Curt Simmons

Lucy Simon

Don Skiles

Gerald Stern

Jim Stewart

Peter Straub

Alain Tanner

Jean Teule

Barbara Thompson

Trevor Tompkins

Charley Trippi

Nik Turner

Ian Tyson

Fred Valentine

Barbara Walters

Sonny West

Vivienne Westwood

Maury Wills

Dean Young