Float Sam! Float!

If you need floods and rainstorms,
local citizens and floating pigs

start this collection of photos,
Submerged Lands.

The above photo
taken in the country-level city-

a man in a plastic tub
taking a joyride-

This small dog, purposeful,
to take his young boy into man-deep waters,

Despite the devastion
the people found ways to resume.


Salting the Silence, Above Beijing

Three a.m. the sky cracks,
pyro beasts scream to the night,
high above blood rustic flags & kites
they ululate, their illumination
their war ballad.
Quiet creeps into her bricks, while silence
is wrested, abused on the path,
as we stand full eyed
and cruel.

Soon the tired-men arrive, waving goodbye
light slips through their stigmatas, before turning
to stitch each other into the buildings
deep down into the bricks.
Finally the spears,
satisfied, burst
into the mouth of their conductor
who bites his cresendo
shaking the old days from the dusts
and the lost dogs from their crooks.


Simon Costello graduated with a BA from A.I.T in Ireland. He now lives and teaches at a private school in China and is taking a poetry workshop unde Irish poet Eileen Casey. The first poem is a found poem inspired and taken from an article written by the news website Guide in China about flooding in China back in 2016.

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.