PoetryIssue 10 | September 2010

Grape Cluster

by Allan Johnston

the gape of the art
of the gold green turning
leaves in the cluster
the dense texture
of webbed cob
and spider hiding
in purple
of grapes

waiting for taste
some kiss of sun
out of mist
its own web
hanging over the valley

an accident of light
echoing grey hair

or very real

to be alive
each chance incident
in the vineyard
a dancing

About the author

Allan Johnston’s recent trips have taken him to southern California (where he grew up—his wife and he hiked to Skull Rock), Vermont (where they tried to get to the top of mountains, but always got rained out), and Montpellier, France. You can find his work in Poetry, Poetry East, Rattle and Rhino.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok