DECEASED GODS

Alison Armstrong-Webber, Antonia Clark, Mignon Ariel King, Esther Greenleaf Murer & Terry Ofner

Where have you seen the hands of deceased gods?
Felt compelled to obey the demands of deceased gods?

Are you shouting the loudest when better voices speak?
Presuming to drown the proudest of deceased gods?

Clouds in the tablelands. The cradle won't squeak.
Must you carry the candles, wear the bands of deceased gods?

You may know the river’s mouth, the mountain’s door.
But still lose your way in the lands of deceased gods.

The visible tree but a shadow—tree-shade in shade.
Its flowering a tap-dance to chimes of deceased gods.

The Revelation of St. John and Götterdämmerung
chronicles of the last stands of deceased gods.

 

ALISON ARMSTRONG-WEBBER is a writer and visual artist, who lives in Ontario, Canada. Her chapbook, A Beautiful Place, That You Will Leave is forthcoming, from Dancing Girl Press.

ANTONIA CLARK works as a medical writer and editor. She has taught poetry and fiction writing and is co-administrator of an online poetry forum, The Waters. She is the author of a chapbook, Smoke and Mirrors (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and the full-length poetry collection, Chameleon Moon (David Robert Books, 2014). Her poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and electronic journals, including Anderbo, The Cortland Review, Eclectica, The Missouri Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Rattle, and Softblow. She loves French picnics and plays French café music on a sparkly purple accordion.

MIGNON ARIEL KING is a third-generation New Englander who was born in Boston City Hospital. She holds a Master of Arts in English degree from Simmons College and is the publisher of Tell-Tale Chapbooks and Hidden Charm Press.  The first two books of King's autobiographical poetry trilogy will be available this year from ALL-CAPS Publishing. She is currently writing a collection of short, narrative poems based on Moby-Dick.

Gene Doty's appreciation of ESTHER GREENLEAF MURER's first fumbling efforts at the ghazal form spurred her to write many more. She was raised on the masters of light verse, and the monorhyme feature of the Persian ghazal, plus the fact that complicated structures are not her long suit, have made it a congenial form.  Her muse is primarily comic, and Gene was fine with that; his encouragement of experimentation and hybrid forms inspired her further. She has just turned eighty, and lives in Philadelphia. esthergreenleafmurer.blogspot.com

TERRY OFNER grew up in Iowa not far from the Mississippi River. He holds degrees in English and English education from the University of Iowa where he attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop in poetry as an undergraduate. He is currently an editor for an educational publishing company. He has published poems in World Order, 100 Words, and Right Hand Pointing