Green Hills Literary Lantern

 

GHLL XIX (2018)


lebeau art crop 

mixed media: ink, watercolor, acrylic paint and silver paper on Yupo paper



Directives for Temptation


You must put it out of your mind

as impossible, like the stuffed animal

in the claw machine at the mall. No one

ever wins, but if by some happenstance

of gravity, timing, and luck, that orange

octopus slides into the three-pronged hand

and manages to stay all the way

to the exit trap then falls into your cupped

palms, matted like the neighbor’s cat

and as dusty as the candy on the back

shelf of the all-night pharmacy, that sea

creature will either be the grandest

specimen you’ve ever procured

or a grotesqueness beyond your tar dark

dreams, even while its fur tickles and warms

your face as you carry it home.

 

Marcia LeBeau's poem appeared in the last volume (XXVIII) and earned a Pushcart Prize nomination -- not her first. We gladly republish it, with the accompanying original illustration by the author. Her work has appeared in Rattle, Moon City Review, SLANT and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

www.marcialebeau.com


Editorial

Adam Brooke Davis Preface to Volume XXIX

Poetry

Bihotza James-Lejarcegui My Spanish
Simon Perchik (untitled)
Lee Rossi Sleaked by Ocean
Joan Payne Kincaid Squats, Upper Cuts and Techno Music
Mark Belair Alleyways
Peter Faziani Moments from the Inside of the Glass
Lisa Alexander Baron The Boy Charged With Delivering Loss to the World
Fred Yannantuono Dementia is Funny But Can Really Get  You Down
Holly Day Springtime
Bianca Nazareth Springtime in an Oyster
Lindsay Rice Elementals I
Jim  Daniels The Naked Eye
Joey Nicoletti Spanish Harlem
Almost Lucky
J.M. Hall Half-stumbling from Bayside to Flushing
Mike Faran She Said That We Had Soap Scum Buildup
Carolyn Gelland Baby Birds
Lee Slonimsky Forever
Cathy Porter Eyelids
The Big C
Marg Walker Fishing Boats, Yangtze
Larry D. Thomas Sunflower
Mary Warner Fox

 


 

Fiction

David Langlinais Sorry
William Kirk Bitter Not
Rosalia Scalia Practicing in the Dark
Rekha Valliappan A Ribbon of Smoke
Arthur Lindenberg power company
Gary Fincke Roustabouts
Paul Bowman Now That Was Stupid
Turner Blake Along the Road
Suvi Mahonen Coming Home
Karl Harshbarger Gypsies
Elise Gregory The Bear
Charlotte Morgan Bide-A-Nite
Andrew Hogan Empty
Barry Kitterman The King of Okietown
Margaret Hermes All Roads Lead to Mecca
Joseph A. Boone Furnace  Creek

Essay

Brett A. Riley Was This Trip Really Necessary?
Christine Butterworth-McDermott I Hear You Calling -- 1978
Thomas J.  Rice The Emmet Rule


Review

Joe Benevento

C.D. Albin, Axe, Fire, Mule

 Charles Rammelkamp, Jack Tar’s Lady Parts Mike White,

 Addendum to a Miracle

Christine Frederiksen Kasey Perkins, When the Dead Get Mail