“Clover Clover Clover” © Bonnie Matthews Brock



Spider has left its old web clinging
to the screen’s tiny grid though

not so small as to debar the spinner
to first weave an ingress to this

fertile corner for a skein that will
harvest the nuisances—fit nourishment

for its arachnid appetite whose only
traces are these light veins of summer,

consumption long since consumed
and dried to this winter’s cold

threads as I wipe away in a second’s
effort the memory of the previous,

erased in my superior position
and strength that will sway and sink

to as if never in some season’s
chill clean sweep of what is long longer.


John Zedolik has been an adjunct English instructor at a number of universities in and around Pittsburgh. He has published poems in such journals as Aries, The Bangalore Review (IND), Commonweal, FreeXpresSion (AUS), Orbis (UK), Paperplates (CAN), Poem, Poetry Salzburg Review (AUT), Transom, and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In June of 2019, he published a full-length collection, entitled Salient Points and Sharp Angles (CW Books).

Bonnie Matthews Brock is a Florida-based photographer, as well as a school psychologist. Her images have been published in Ibbetson Street, The Somerville Times, Oddball Magazine, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, and Wild Roof Journal. Her work is archived at Harvard University, the University of Buffalo, and Poets House in NYC. Bonnie loves to capture, in images, a very wide range of subjects, and to learn and experiment with shooting and editing techniques.