By Bob Hart, from Before Passing


Who knows how many worlds
have been ground into detritus
but they make such pretty stones.
One can collect them for
their sparkles or
their dullish characters;
ably make fairy tales about them;
wear them as
a savage wrapping around the
wrist or
round the loins; bed them
in a chapel floor or cavern’s casino copula;
press their patterns into flesh
as fashion or as torture;
grind out one’s eyes with them as guilty;
give them as worth
and still not guess
the distances they came from—
the processes that formed them.

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GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA's editors: THOMAS FUCALORO’s latest book, It Starts From the Belly and Blooms, is out now by Three Rooms Press. As well a founding editor for great weather for MEDIA, he is also editor for Staten Island’s new literary magazine NYSAI. Thomas teaches poetry workshops at the NEON Bronx Probation Center, Writopia Lab, and The Acorn Youth Treatment Center. | A native of the Boston area and an actor and writer in New York City for more than thirty years, DAVID LAWTON is the author of the poetry collection Sharp Blue Stream (Three Rooms Press). He has work forthcoming in the anthologies Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books) and From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream (Automedia). David loves dogs, trees and bananas. | JANE ORMEROD is the author of Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press), the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Jane’s work also appears in numerous US and international anthologies and journals including Paris Lit Up, Have a Nice NYC, Maintenant, Breadline, AND / OR, Marsh Hawk Press Review, and Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts. Originally from the south coast of England, she now lives in New York City.

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