“Water Swirls and Feathers” © Bonnie Matthews Brock


[absurdity and redemption]

time and time enough
circles broken in tandem

everything is all the time

while nothing waits
in the shallows of slack and drift

traversing the endless possible
permutations of this improbable trip

no drugs needed
to boggle the mind

when the days and nights alone
are enough to summon the comfort
of madness’ sleeping giant

keep close the heart
tender with transience.


Edward L. Canavan is a Los Angeles based poet who celebrated Xmas and New Year’s alone in his apartment eating cheese and crackers. He is 11 years sober and 51 years gone. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, he currently resides in North Hollywood, California, where he practices Buddhism and listens to Bad Brains.

Bonnie Matthews Brock is a Florida-based photographer, as well a school psychologist. She loves hiking the urban and woodland trails of “anywhere” (and pausing often to shoot photos) with her very patient husband (and often collaborator), Ted. Her images have been featured on the covers of magazines such as Ibbetson Street, Wild Roof Journal, Poesy Magazine, Humana Obscura, and Arkansas Review; as well as on the pages of publications such as Oddball Magazine, Ember Chasm Review, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, Beaver Magazine, and Lateral. Her works are archived at institutions such as Poets House NYC, Brown University, and Harvard University.