Photography © Glenn Bowie


Fresh Eel

You are fresh eel
Cut into luxurious silken strips
I am sticky rice
Resting in small clumps

Both on the plate
Still separate
An expanse of porcelain
Between us


Rick Christiansen is a former corporate executive, stand-up comedian, actor and director. His work can be found in the archives of Oddball Magazine, Muddy River Poetry Review, Stone Poetry Journal, The Raven’s Perch, The Rye Whiskey Review, Alien Buddha Press, WINK Magazine and other journals and magazines He lives in Missouri with his Basset Hound Annie and near his eight grandchildren.

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.