My New Backyard

Gunfire pounds staccato
bursts far away.
Traffic rush stains
to be heard through
thick brush, tall grass,
fleshy trees. Red
erupts from a crabapple,
blurred in an electric
buzz from honey bees.
Conflict is a feathered
flurry between black birds
for a single bare limb
no bigger than my
pale thumb that I beat
against the chair
in time to sun’s
slow descent.


Richard Dinges, Jr. has an MA in literary studies from University of Iowa, and manages information security risk at an insurance company. Neologism Poetry Journal, Avatar Review, Pennine Ink, Heart, and Former People most recently accepted his poems for their publications.

Judson Evans is a full-time Instructor in the Liberal Arts department at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he has taught a range of courses, from a Poetry Workshop on haiku, prose poetry and haibun, to a course on theories of cave art and the role of the cave in ritual and philosophy. In 2007 he was chosen by John Yau as an Emerging Poet for The Academy of American Poets. He was one of the founding members of Off the Park Press, and published work in each of its three anthologies responding to provocative contemporary painters. His most recent work has been published in (print journals) Laurel Review, Folio, Volt; 1913: a journal of forms; and Green Mountains Review, and (online journals) White Whale Review and Amethyst Arsenic. He won The Phillip Booth Poetry Award from Salt Hill Review in 2013. He has collaborated with composers, such Mohammed Fairouz, Mart Epstein, and Rudolf Rojhan, who set several of his poems to music, as well as with choreographers, dancers, musicians and other poets, including Gale Batchelder, and videographers Nate Tucker and Ray Klimek.