In Santa Barbara, summer is still lush (for now) and filled with rustle and chirps. This issue opens with an invitation to observe (and, perhaps, be observed) with advisory editor Heather Sellers. Her poem almost feels like a haibun when followed by B. J. Buckley‘s moment of nature’s exuberance. Even in Carson Sandell‘s descriptions of car repair, birdsongs message something more. Is anything inconsequential? Ask Carolyn Jabs. And as summer travel seems to be back to pre-pandemic levels, Janet Bowdan asks where we are now. Elise Hempel is our second Anacapa Alum to make a repeat appearance; we loved the way her poem follows here. Thank you, Gerry LaFemina, for celebrating postcards! The darkness of Anna Leahy‘s poem gripped us by the throat. In an issue full of human gestures, Stephen Kampa seemed to hit just the right note. David A. Goodrum connects again to the birds, the power lines. Finally, Mariano Zaro, remembers a meaningful farewell, which seemed the right way to close the issue.

As always, we welcome your submissions of poems here and your ideas for essays or reviews here.

Heather Sellers


B. J. Buckley


Carson Sandell

Home is the Undercarriage

Carolyn Jabs



Janet Bowdan

Groundbreaking Cat Science Shows They Love to Sit in Illusory Boxes

Elise Hempel

The Sighting

Gerry LaFemina

Postcard to Christine Stroud from the Steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Anna Leahy

Thorax: this arrythmia

Stephen Kampa

Such a Human Gesture

David A. Goodrum

Letter of Introduction

Mariano Zaro

Mandarin at the Edge of a White Formica Table