“Poem for Kate in Chemo” and other poems by Alexis Rhone Fancher

CRUEL CHOICES When my husband’s two grown daughters are in town, the three of them go to the movies, or play pool. Share dinner every night. Stay out late. I haven’t seen my stepdaughters since my son’s funeral in 2007. When people ask, I say nice things about the girls, as if we had a […]

A Poetry Memorial for Daphne Caruana Galizia (PEN)

From the PEN International website A memorial for Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valetta has been repeatedly destroyed by the authorities. In response, PEN International has devised a poetry memorial as a tribute to her courage and her dedication to freedom of expression. I would like to thank Sahar Halaimzai for including my poem, which can […]

“This Connection” and other poems by Shanta Acharya

BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST (After the painting by Rembrandt in the National Gallery, London) In the Dutch room amid Rembrandt’s paintings, I sit sharing my reflections with myself – my woollen jacket no comparison with Belshazzar’s mantle of ermine studded with jewels, his silk turban, white and resplendent, crowning his distracted gaze. The room acquires the aura […]