PoetryIssue 11 | January 2011

Instead of a Hand Feathered by a Fountain Pen

by R L Swihart

Rain turns to sleet and pushes the other visitors inside. On the edge of the mountain eye she looks across to banks of gray snow. The shark washes up on shore  
A wink is exchanged for a nod then she arranges for the trip to Kraków where the shark is eased into the Wisła near Wawel. If the remainder of the trip to LA is hard to imagine, imagine a shark gliding along an overpass


On April 20, 2010, Vladimir Saldi is thinking of her—with a weak but happy flashlight he scans her pages and scant bio—and she has obviously been thinking of him.  While automatic hands steer the car through heavy traffic, his eyes lift quickly from the moving grid and see the knifing fin

About the author

R L Swihart loves travelling: A circuitous journey from Amsterdam to Poland and back again has just given him a few new beads on his I’ve-been-there bracelet: Aachen, Dresden, Wroclaw, etc. Recent publications include Avatar Review, Burningword Literary Journal, and Rain Magazine.

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