Canto in H Major

The crunch of fallen leaves,
the crackle of discarded candy wrappers,
the laughter, the yawns
of sleepy mini-monsters
trudging towards home:
Soundtrack for Halloween.

Currently in her second-term as Poet Laureate of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Patricia Gomes is the former editor of Adagio Verse Quarterly, and has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. A 2018 and 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee, Gomes is the author of four chapbooks. Ms. Gomes recent publications include Oddball Magazine, Star*Line, Muddy River Review, Rituals and Poets of New England published by Underground Writers Press. Ms. Gomes is the co-founder of the GNB Writers Block as well a member of the SciFi Poetry Association, New England Horror Writers, and Massachusetts Poetry Society.