Mycelium by Wilda Morris

At Grandmother's Table circa 1948 by Elizabeth Langemak

Taste by Patridge Boswell

Lullaby by Edward Mayes

Shakespeare by James B. Nicola

Summer Night by Diane Giardi

100 Words on My Father with a Big Fish by Jan Presley

Why go to heaven yet by Margo Davis

Roll Over Beethoven by Jonathan Pacic

limnophila aromatica by Susan Soriano

Bantams by Heather Bourbeau

Salt by Carolyn Wells

It Won't Taste the Same by Michelle Morouse

The Fallacy of Comparisons by Paul Lieber

Ode to End of Summer by Wally Swist

408 Dates with Maureen by Gail Bellamy

Taste Testing by Sarah Fawn Montgomery

A Meditation on Working as a Produce Clerk by Ross Stager

Le Fouquet by Elisa Albo

Two Poems by Sarah Paley

Transubstantiation by Susan O'Dell Underwood

Two Poems by Sharon Abra Hanen

Strawberries by Vincent Peloso

Chin Chin by Jessica M. Brophy

Nonpareil by Lois Rosen

Creating Foodie Monsters by Elisa Albo

Foods I Love by Meredith Drake

Three Poems by Terence Winch

Soufflé by Piscilla Atkins

Three Poems by Gail Peck

Under the Kitchen Floor by Bruce Cohen

Spring Peas Come to the Stores by Hannah Fischer

Two Poems by Grace Bauer

Kettle by Susan Kelly-DeWitt

Going to Get Swedish by Carol Berg

Potluck on Sulphur Creek by Brenda Butka

My Mother's Handwriting by Julia Wendell

Radish by Lauren Henley

The Way of the Buddha by Nadia Ibrashi

Famine Bread by Karen Holmberg

Leer Comida by Andrés Catalán

Cooking Show by Gary Mesick

Museum of Butter by Carol Jenkins

Two Poems by Crystal Simone Smith

Yardbird Suite by John Dufresne

The Way of Buddha

by Nadia Ibrashi

November 2012    

The oil in the pan exploded

Blue flames rushed upward

Dazzling burst hissed

like the nine circles of hell

Fumes blackened the ceiling

The house could have burned

but a hastily thrown towel smothered the fire


and your life changes in a moment

Mindfulness the Buddha says

Conscious living

What about the thousands of random thoughts

that flicker through your mind

the chaos and wails of life

How do you smother them?


  Nadia Ibrashi’s work has appeared in Ebony, Aquarius Press, Reverie, Flashshot, Tidal Basin Review, The Southeast Review, Narrative and is forthcoming in The MacGuffin, Rosebud, The Atticus Review and The Whirlwind Review as well as Writer’s Digest 79th and 80th competitions and the Poetry Society of Michigan 2011 contest. She is assistant editor at Narrative magazine. She has practiced medicine in Egypt and in the States.


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