Gargoyle Online

# 5

Raya Bodnarchuk artwork 
photo by Caroline Lacey

Table of Contents




Roberta Allen
• Soulless

Thaisa Frank
• Perpetual Motion

Jessica Claire Haney
• Teeth in It
• Finders Keepers

Paul Jacobson
• Prophet and Black Cat

Tatjana Jovanic
• Inside

Lisa L. Leibow
• Life Drawing Session: Female Model
• Life Drawing Session: Male Model

Donald A. Ranard
• Spooknik

Lynda Schor
Pandemic Dreams

C. Jenise Williamson
• First Light

Francine Witte
• Lady Macbeth at the Nail Salon
• We Used to be Young
• Some Things Are Best Forgot

Tim G. Young
• Starry Night

John Alspaugh
• absolute
• the russian plate spinner

Linda Blaskey
• Aperture
• Intercourse Pennsylvania: A Travelogue of Sorts

Clark Bouwman
• Tornado Watch
• To Make of One’s Body a Place

J.D. Brayton
• Measles on the Aegean
• Writer’s Block

Dustin Brookshire
• If Dolly Parton Had Been My Mother

Elizabeth Bruce
• Blueprint
• East Village in the 80s

Laura Costas
• Psychic Operations While Driving home
• Institutionalized

Barbara Crooker
• Heart
• Litany for Spring

Jim Daniels
• On Patriotism, God, and Swimming Naked
• Traction

Andrew Darlington
• Minerva at the Time of the Horse
• Been Angry Fifty Years

Mark DeCarteret
• The Year I Went Without Seeing a Ghost
• The Year I Went Without Influencing Anyone
• The Year I Went Without Hurting Anybody

Tom DiVenti
• Beginner’s Guide to Poetry
• Cloud Cover

W.D. Ehrhart
• Family Secrets

April Ford
• quite simply
• This Love is Not for You
• Say Anything for Sex

Jan Freeman
• I Am Like You, I Am Not Like You
• There’s a (Freudian) Resemblance
• Confess! Confess! 

Kate Gillespie
• The number is 79
• Wyn, West

Tony Gloeggler
• An Ode to Loss

Laura Goldin
• Another Experiment in Lucid Dreaming
• Snow White Reframes the Narrative 

James Grady
• Valentine’s View
• Veins of Ink

Susan Gubernat
• Remains of Saints
• In the Soup with Sexton and Plath
• Listening to Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas
Tallis” for the First Time through Headphones

Hedy Habra
• Showing Off
• Khristos, the Anointed One

Mike James
• Last Poem

JoAnn Koff
• Marmalade of Color
• Along the Boulevard by the Sea

Sandra Kolankiewicz
• Kidnapping
• Where to Put Them
• For Taking
• In the Wilderness of the Dead

Louise Wareham Leonard
• Ash Starling

Corey Mesler
• My Friend Richard
• I Kissed Jenny
• I Saw John Berryman

Jane C. Miller
• A Friend Shows Me James Galvin’s “Two Sketches of Horses”
• Rule of Jaw
• Another Way to Land

Jane Edna Mohler
• Leftover

Miles David Moore
• wounded  

Karmen O
• Venceremos

Charles Rammelkamp
• The Sepia Sally Rand

Kim Roberts
• Blue Morpho
• Outer Banks

Lindsay Rockwell
• Sound of Light
• Ghost Fire
• Not Today

Steven B. Rogers
• Dementia
• Ketchum
• Paradise
• Sonoran Daybreak
• Williston Road

Daniel Saalfeld
• Sweetmeat
• A Baboon Gets Some Flamingo

Gregg Shapiro
• Unnatural Disasters
• Dreaming Dead

Laura Shovan
• Cuneiform Love Poem
• An Archivist Opens One of
• Guaranteed Personality

Noel Sloboda
• Last Call at Purgatory Grille

John Claude Smith
• Mechanic
• Endurance

John J. Trause
• The Pity Party in the Pity Palace
• Linus

Meredith Trede
• Singing Glory

Barbara Ungar
• Self-Diagnosis
• Cruising for Seniors
• Peri-Apocalypse Now
• 22 Extinctions in 2021

Rebecca Villarreal
• La Pausa
• The Poem Is You . . .

Bernardine (Dine) Watson
• Hey 19
• Freedom
• Please: A Soulful Sonnet

Andrea Wyatt
• Mallards on the Washington Channel

B. Lynne Zika
• Thistle, Civility, Edge

Catherine Fahey
• Cultures

Chloe Lanyi Lari
• The Lilac Bush

Rosanna Staffa
• Bad Dream

David Stowell
• On Meeting Marley at his home June 1975

E. G. Swarthout 
• The Seventies: L.A. Secretarial Interview

Sally Toner
• Sticky Notes

Hillary White
• traumaloop


Grace Cavalieri
• collage/painting

Jesse Lee Kercheval 
• Pink (Graphic Memoir)

Marilyn Stablein
• 3 Collages

Virgil Suarez
4 collages

Randi Ward
3 photos


Ramola D
• “The Basket Maker” and “Invisible Season.” 

M. L. Liebler & Peter Lewis 
• Words from “Blood on the Moon”

Elisavietta Ritchie
• from Wild Garlic: The Journal of Maria X


Patricia J. Morningstar
• The Transformational Blueberry

Special Thanks

Joel Allegretti, Roberta Allen, Hildie S. Block, Jan Freeman, Sid Gold, Susan Hankla, Amy Holman, Julie Lehman, Caleb Mason, Mia Sakurai, Melissa Scholes Young, Laura Strachan, plus Christine Neptune of Gallery Neptune-Brown, and the the Raya Bodnarchuk Trust–Dorothy Hsiao and Caroline Lacey.

Wendy Guberman -Electronic mag layout

last words

We will not be saved by poetry. But poetry is the type of creation in which we may live which will save us.”
–Muriel Rukeyser, The Life of Poetry
“I am out with lanterns looking for myself.”
–Emily Dickinson
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
–Oscar Wilde
“The Greek word for ‘return’ is nostos. Algos means ‘suffering.’ So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”
–Milan Kundera
“When I am grappling with ideas which are radical enough to upset grownups, then I am likely to put these ideas into a story which will be marketed for children because children understand what their parents have rejected and forgotten.”
— Madeleine L’Engle
“The world only exists in your eyes… You can make it as big or as small as you want.”
–F. Scott Fitzgerald
“All mistakes teach us something, so there are, in reality, no mistakes.” —
Nikki Giovanni
“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” —
Rita Mae Brown
“If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens.”
–Fay Weldon
“…in that time [I’m not writing], I’m reading and listening and witnessing everything around me. Some will mistake these periods of stillness as writer’s block, but I’m quite literally gathering in that time.”
–Rachel McKibbens, poet, activist, playwright
“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”
— Joseph Heller
“All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you.”
— Octavia Butler
“In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.”
— Junot Diaz
“Resist much, obey little.”
–Walt Whitman
“No need of a story, a story is not compulsory, just a life. That’s the mistake I made, one of the mistakes, to have wanted a story for myself whereas life alone is enough.”
–Samuel Beckett


Burt Bacharach

Russell Banks

Phyllida Barlow

Bobby Beathard

Jeff Beck

Harry Belafonte

Richard Belzer

Jeff Blackburn

David Bottoms

Craig Breedlove

Victor Brox

Bob Brunning

Cleve Bryant

Donn Cambern

David Crosby

C. Michael Curtis

Richard H. W. Dillard

Melinda Dillon

Norman Dubie

Royston Ellis

Ian Falconer

Christopher Fowler

Carin Goldberg

Bud Grant

Roland Griffiths

Dick Groat

Dick Haley

David Harris

Kevin Higgins

Gregory Allen Howard

Hugh Hudson

Al Jaffee

Ahmad Jamal

Kidd Jordan

Lance Kerwin

Maria Kodama

Ed Koren

Paul La Farge

Michael Lerner

Alfred Leslie

David Lindley

Gina Lollobrigida

Robin Lumley

Tim McCarver

Art McNally

Murray Melvin

Victor Navasky

Kenzaburō Ōe

Gary Oelze

Bobby Orr

Linda Pastan

Edith Pearlman

Rachel Pollack

Lisa Marie Presley

Mary Quant

Jonathan Raban

Lance Reddick 

Willis Reed       

Keith Reid

Mark Russell

Jerry Samuels

Pat Schroeder

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Arnold Schulman

Wayne Shorter

Ray Shulman

Charles Simic

Mark Spitzer

April Stevens

Stella Stevens

Sylvia Syms

Otis Taylor

Top Topham

Chaim Topol

Vivian Trimble

Tom Verlaine

Raquel Welch

Fay Weldon

Cindy Williams

Bill Wright

Gail Zappa