Fathom 2005



Inside Cover



Sara Squires (2)
Ann Leslie (2)
Jennifer Clarke
Patricia Murray
Kari Gunderson
Heather E. Thomson
B.D. Mitchell
Wesley Colbath
Brooke Gray
Christopher Misura
Robyn Goldsmith
Michael Kimber
Italian Stallion
Oghomwen Ehigie
B. C. Hackett
Deanna Foster
Jonathan Rotztain
Sarah Lofton


Jonathan Rotztain
Robyn Goldsmith
Sonjel Vreeland
Connor Robinson


Heather E. Thomson



free verse is not a liberty

free verse is not a liberty
but a girl’s virginity
before she had found
the value of that pearl
of great price
cast so recklessly
to the ravenous swine
(but that’s not taboo anymore)

poetry sheeped after accepted amorality
drowning its conscience
in the economic convenience
of the run-on sentence
replacing right and wrong with
what feels right.
for right now. . .

anyone can be a poet nowadays
just pick up a pen
scribble whatever the hell you want
and call it poetry ­
no rhyme.
no rhythm.
unless that’s what the people want

but who wants to make rules you have to keep?
let the rules lie
with the sonneteers at supper
buried deep in wormy graves

but you are alive and free
free to explore with lustful hands
the forbidden fruit
(whatever yours may be)
free to express yourself
without restraining ancient formats
you’re bound to be free
free to be bound
with your own cords
to the cheap thrill
of free verse


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