Apologies Accepted Here

No hard feelings.
All reasonable offers considered.
Cash sales are final.
You are welcome here,
And everywhere that people of good will gather.

Something’s opened up inside me.
I closed the barn door,
But too late.
The horses had run away.
I closed my eyes,
But the poem had already escaped,
Into the fields,
No calling it back now,
Even with its favorite oats.


Peter Urkowitz lives in Salem, Massachusetts, where he works in a college library. He was drawn into the local poetry scene after the death of a poet friend, when the community came together to remember and reflect. He stayed as a spectator, and was soon led into writing his own work, and has been gratified by the warm and supportive response.

Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters. Glenn is also the official photographer for the Newton Writing and Publishing Center.