Love continues to prevail with our first themed poem of the day from Martin. The score is now 4-1 with love leading comfortably.


Not Exactly Sleight-Of-Hand

Sometimes, I trace the blue vein
to your breasts
to find
the dark sleeping man
nobody disturbs

when I do,
sparks emit from your body
like from two crossed unlike wires

it causes the edges of snow
in solitude
beyond corruptible light


Disappearing weightlessly
into tree bark
was the easiest thing
I had ever done.

Turning into rice paper
for plum ink
was more challenging


Photography © Allison Goldin

Photography © Allison Goldin


Martin Willitts Jr is a retired Librarian living in Syracuse, New York. He currently evaluates Prior Learning Evaluations for SUNY Empire State College. He is a visual artist of Victorian and Chinese paper cutouts. He was nominated for 6 Pushcart and 6 Best of the Net awards.

Allison Goldin is an artist living in Cambridge. Her work is a collection of spontaneous drawings from the imagination. The most common link throughout her art are the semi-recognizable creatures scattered amongst and bringing together the surrounding doodles. She is currently studying Illustration at The School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.