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Editor: Paul Stevens
Co-editor: Peter Bloxsom
Artist/photographer: Patricia Wallace Jones


In the last knockings of the evening sun
Eve drinks Calvados. Elsewhere in her life
She has played muse and mistress, bitch and wife.
Now all that gunpoint gamesmanship is done.
   — Ann Drysdale, “New Fruit”

One of the characteristics of her poetry, I mean once you’ve got past the proficiency and the wit, is its kindness. Are men kind? Well, we can be of course, but it isn’t what we DO.
   — John Whitworth on Ann Drysdale

Look: the reddened arm of a skinhead sales clerk,
wreathed with bloody thorns of a fresh tattooing.
Shrine-like dimness. There in the jewelry cases,
what am I seeing?
    — Maryann Corbett, “Tattoo and Piercing Parlour”

This is the poet posing, hat in hand,
not as a beggar may when thanks are due
to charitable strangers passing by,
but as a champion in the ring may stand
    — Rhina P. Espaillat, “Lighthouse, with Poet Brandishing His Hat”

Was this the hillside years ago
where wildflowers in tense flambeaux,
  starred each in its is-ness?
What was it in the mind allowed
each breathing creature’s amplitude,
  its hallowed ground of business?
   — Alan Gould, “On Drought and Crime Fiction”

You drove me through the fields of sugar cane:
One house per hill, one little hill per mile.
Developers would see a land in pain
Aching to be a sea of brick and tile.
   — Clive James, “A City with Green Fingers”

Seeing people who remind you
just a little of the dead
is always mildly disconcerting — 
   — Geoff Page, “Seeing People”

Deliciously, in last night’s dream, in stark
Chromatic semitones of silver gloom,
A gangly actress groping through blind dark,
I found you, as I tapped around the room —
   — Jennifer Reeser, “Sonnets from the Dark Lady”, #5

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  The Shit Creek Review,
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The Chimaera is an online miscellany of poetry and prose. We have been publishing three issues per year, but have recently changed over to twice-yearly publication.

Welcome to our sixth issue. Our Feature Theme this time is poems in well-wrought form. Our Spotlight Feature focuses on British poet Ann Drysdale. For more about the content, see the Editorial page.

Recorded readings accompany some of the poems. A page with one or more voice recordings is marked with a speaker icon in the menus. We hope the voice recordings add extra interest. To play the sound recording (Flash required), use the player controls directly below the poem, or in some cases, after the title.

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The next issue’s feature theme will be Voyages and Quests. More details on our Editorial page.
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