Photography © Jennifer Matthews


War Between

Stars and bars
flutter, cross
angles, cross state
lines. Too much red
scatters stars, spreads
blood. An eternal
hope in lost causes
and patriotic fervor
strays awry, always
north and south, east
and west, back again,
History repeats
itself endlessly.
Books lie open
on coffee tables.
The wrong page
flutters idly white
and blank.


Richard Dinges, Jr. lives and works by a pond among trees and grassland, along with his wife, one dog, three cats, and eleven chickens.

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.