waiting for words


we have to wait until Saturday

unless we want to do it

on the phone

because this woman I long for

can only stay a day


she does it for me,

just the sight of her

but that’s not the only

reason why

it’s the words


I’m trying to curate a life

with them

she has lived them

since a child

much to her mother’s dismay


on Saturday we’ll have impossibly

not enough time

an hour if we’re lucky

to read a few words

to each other


she loves julian barnes

whom I don’t know

I’m thinking more eudora

but what about rimbaud

and the various williamses


even donne before

we’re done

trying to distill

two continents

into a single drop


first published in Mono


BIO: Tom Weiss

I grew up on a cattle ranch on the eastern margin of The Everglades in an area that is now suburban Ft. Lauderdale. Having attended boys boarding schools from the second grade through high school likely twisted my psyche; but, I seem to write mostly love poems, so there you go.

I moved to Knoxville in 1974 intending to stay a year, and I’ve been here ever since, so it looks like I’m here to stay.

I spent a lifetime toiling in commercial real estate management and development until the pandemic retired me kicking and screaming, kindly allowing me to come out of the literary closet. My publishing history extends all the way back to December 2021. Nine poems have been published in four journals to date as I’m also working on my short fiction voice. Appearing in this journal with these remarkable photographers is a waking wet dream.

Tom Weiss

2614 Fairmont Blvd.

Knoxville, TN 37917




BIO: Lori Vrba

Lori Vrba is a self-taught multi-media artist based in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Her imagery and assemblage is rooted in themes of memory, illusion, loss, and revival with the southern sensibilities of storytelling.  Her work is held in private and permanent collections throughout the world including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Fox Talbot Museum, UK. Vrba has curated several noteworthy exhibitions including Tribe for the Fox Talbot Museum in 2018 and The Center for Photographic Art in 2019. Her first monograph The Moth Wing Diaries was published in 2015 and named one of the top ten photo books of the year by American Photo Magazine. She is recognized for her innovative exhibition productions and installations. Vrba is currently teaching for the Los Angeles Center of Photography. She is co-founder of Pigs Fly Retreats.


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