Coyotes stalk dark
hillsides, bodyless
voices, chortles
and giggles, treble
plaints just beyond
my pale yard light
pool, patient waiters
outside my ordered
borders, held back
until light retreats.
I close my thin
door, listen to cackles,
riotous laughter
at my faith in
the power of walls.


Richard Dinges, Jr. has an MA in literary studies from University of Iowa. He manages information systems risk at an insurance company. His recent publications include North Dakota Quarterly, Writer’s Bloc, Neologism, Ship of Fools, and Westview.

Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters. Glenn is also the official photographer for the Newton Writing and Publishing Center.