Early Summer

Grasses and thistle, crimping in the tans of an early Summer,
I spoke upon the wind.

Wind flushed and threaded through the glaze
of this pampering breath called life.

Heavy ointments of the dewy beads flashed across
each stretch of sprout and jaunt of onion grass,

while the seething, smooth drip of Summer
doused each blade and soothed each root.


The sky grew damp.

I whispered to the hush of warm days, long days.

I thickened my fingers and thumb to the groin of the earth.

Every pausing seed nestled into fibers and grain.


I douse upon the breath of Summers crust and dusty fleece.


Donny Barilla, born in Dallas, Texas, weaves around common themes, such as: mythology, nature, human intimacy, and theology. Writing on a daily basis, he engages in the beautiful landscapes that surround him in his home of Pennsylvania. He currently works on his next book and has published in numerous journals and magazines.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Creative Artists Public Service Grant (CAPS), two Pollock-Krasner grants, two Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. in 2017 & 2018 he received the Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA artist-in-residence grant.