Featured Contributors Spring/Summer 2014
Top Row: Left to right, Ashley Dioses, Peycho Kanev, Stella Santamaria,
Craig A. Hart, Mark Burchard, Venger As'Nas Satanis
Bottom Row: Left to right, G. David Schwartz, Anthony J. Langford,
Richard Hartwell, Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino
Featured Artist:Tomasz Wieja
A CALENDAR IN SOIL AND SHED
by John Grey
*Any Night* by Peggy Carter
Counting Bodies by Rebecca Freeh
Fluoride for the road by Tom Pescatore
Folding Dirty Laundry by Colleen Colkitt
Forget Me Not by Kenneth Wortendyke, Jr
"I've been diagnosed..." by Jan Spence
No Fixer-Uper by Jeff Bernstein
One Eyeball by David Lawrence
Sonnet for K by Charles Byrne
The City Cemetery by John Sibley Williams
Wicked Funeral by Michael O' Connor
THE PIG AND THEPROSELYTIZER
by Dennis Vanvick
Current Issue: Spring/Summer 2014
Next issue availble October 2014
Cover Art (Dead End Collective) by Niall Parkinson
The Stray Branch
Publishing poetry, fiction, art and
photography since 2008.
Founder/Editor: Debbie Berk
"All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud,
fear, greed, imagination, and poetry." -Edgar Allan Poe
Site banner, design and layout by Debbie Berk
Day Unites the Self
by Carl Scharwath
Image © http://www.123rf.com
Immersed with a morning meditation.
swirling in the midst of cheerful society,
surrounds a soul breeding new loneliness.
Quaking transposed heart murmurs
to the open spectral chest exposed
blessing the sensuous self.
Conforming to the normalizing demands.
we find a man merely existing,
joining frozen shadows of the living.
Carl is a father and that means the most to him. His interests include competitive running and a 2nd degree black belt in TKD. Print publishing credits include; Not Popular Magazine, Lake Healthy Living, Paper Wasp (Australia), Pulse and Abandoned Towers (3 consecutive issues.) Web publishing credits include; Pens On Fire, Calliope Verve, World Salad Poetry, Mad Swirl,Lyrical Passion, 36Channels, Sketchbook(Haiku) and Language & Culture. Net. Recently he had a news story in the Orlando Sentinel and a two page feature in Lake Healthy Living Magazine. Both articles discussed the "Running Poet." The poet recently won 2nd place in the Lake County Library” Best Poems of 2009 and also “Best in Issue” in Haiku Reality Magazine, Serbia. His first short story will be published in the Birmingham Arts Journal.
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