Mountain Reach

Cool Spring dew, pearls upon the grasses which shake through the meadow,
I buckle, fasten to the soft glaze which threads and trembles with each loafing

I walk, pause upon the spread and carving dash of each moaning creek.

Upon drinking with each blade and crimping thirst, dancing wools and reaching
Of the patch of mint pulses upon the dryness of my endless thirst.

I look across the jagged rise and eager depress as the hundreds of mountains
Open beneath the thin trembling air and host the peak and groove
Which glances across each soft shadow and lusty meadow.

I walk to the edge of the sauntering range as I fall and rise upon the crest
Of every fiber of leaf and gathered pineneedle and cones.

Now, with the end of the climb of Spring, I breath the saps of these evergreen
And soften upon the tastes of the wind brewed gardens shuddering across each
And spreading glen.


Donny Barilla writes avidly and reinvents his poems with renewed enthusiasm. Topics such as the transitions of death, intimacy, sexuality, mythology and nature find there way upon his page with invention, intense imagery, metaphoric thought and the enigmatic relation of man and nature which coat the background of his poems and flood the pages from his creative palate. From poem to poem, each image and blending sounds as the words fluidly possess the reader, one finds oneself in a sweet and delectable arena of literature, an open captive wade into the ocean of turning pages. With the demanding pulse of heavy language, these poems embody the spirit of trembling phrases and beautiful metaphors.

Poet/Photographer Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.