Beltway Poetry Quarterly


Volume 22.1, April 2021

Table of Contents


Reconstitute: Introduction, Issue 22.2


Antje Stehn Crooked Time; Meme; Lucky e Zorba: Antje Stehn

Cassandra AthertonPaul Hetherington The Weight of an Empty Room; Tomorrows; Will-o’; Lozenges: Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington

Sandra Yannone After the Election, Oakland Burns Down; Reading a Carl Phillips Poem Days after the 2020 Election from an Unread 2002 Issue of the Indiana Review, I Fall in Love, All Over, Again; Rock, Scissors, Paper, the Anniversary Edition, 11 September 2020; Why Law and Order Will Never Be Cancelled: Sandra Yannone

David Lott 1/6/21 early impressions: David G. Lott

Adeeba Shahid Talukder Subh-e-firaaq: Morning of Separation; at West 4th; Until; Image: Adeeba Shahid Talukder

Marc Vincenz The Patent Lawyer Had It Wrong; Listen to the Drums; All the Stops; Shifting Planktons of Later Joy; I Was Always On An Aeroplane: Marc Vincenz

W. Luther Jett Poem in Which I Dream of Ice; Hippo River: W. Luther Jett

Chad Norman Beginning of the Shifts; Another Morning the Heat Has Us; Corvid Teachings: Chad Norman

Margo Berdeshevsky Does A City Have A Nightingale; There Will. We Will. Then: Margo Berdeshevsky

Eleni Zisimatos Disorder

S.B. Merrow Landslide; Turbulence: S.B. Merrow

Dawn Potter Rules for the Direction of the Maid: Dawn Potter

Kashiana Singh Your Lotus Gaze; I am a Shrine: Kashiana Singh

Antigoni Katsadima Take me to the light – where: Antigoni Katsadima

Jaime Manrique A NON-FICTION POEM: Jaime Manrique

Henry Crawford Adulthood; Seeding; The Crying of Page: Henry Crawford

Terence Winch Harbinger; At The Museum;Neighborhood Holiday Party: Terence Winch

Jennifer O'Riordan The Screeching Of Cats In Thessalonica: Jennifer O’Riordan

E. Ethelbert Miller Roberto; Girl in a Ballpark with Her Back to the Stands; The Scout; Lost in the Sun: E. Ethelbert Miller

Gale Hemman Tent City (Sonnet For Homeless Youth); Stuck In The Break Room (Sonnet for Financial Coaching): Gale Hemmann

Jeannine M. Pitas Nephophobia: Jeannine Pitas

Marc Nasdor Back Nine Back Story; Boom-Boom In The Uber Room; Unfunded Phrenology Mandates; Rates of Exchange; Dirt Devils: Marc Nasdor

Jim Petterson Come Si Dice Sponge:Jim Petterson

From ” The Damage Done”: Selections, Susana H. Case

Jonathan Harrington Turning Sixty; Selfie; Signals from Earth; The Death of Words; I Am Not A Robot: Jonathan Harrington


Siham Bouhlal Corps Lumière / Body Light: Siham Bouhlal, selections translated by Lulu Norman

Mari Kashiwagi Butterfly; Rain, Star & Moon; Rainbow: Mari Kashiwagi, translated by Takako Lento

R. CheranAnushiya RamaswamyGeetha Sukumaran From Thinaimayakkam allathu Nenchodu Kilaruthal (“Binary Overlapping or Speaking to the Heart”): R. Cheran, translated by Anushiya Ramaswamy & Geetha Sukumaran

Ruy BeloAlexis Levitin Lot fala com o anjo (Lot Speaks to the Angel), Folhas Novas (Fresh Leaves), Através da chuva e da névoa ( Through Rain & Fog), Um dia não muito longe não muito perto (One Day Not Too Far Off and Not Too Soon): Ruy Belo, translated by Alexis Levitin

Usha Akella Unsought Pickings; The Rug Weaver; Lotus Feet: Usha Akella

Indran AmirthanayagamPauline Le Roy Himen Natural (Natural Hymen), De mi terciopelo bajan duendes con agallas magníficas. (From my velvet genies step down with magnificent desires.): Pauline Le Roy, translated by Indran Amirthanayagam


Jonathan Harrington Review of Indran Amirthanayagam’s The Migrant States; by Jonathan Harrington

Paul T. CorriganLisa Pegram Everything All at Once: A Dialogical Review of Ravi Shankar’s The Many Uses of Mint: New and Selected Poems 1998-2018; Lisa Pegram and Paul T. Corrigan

From the Editors: Recommended New Books

Zeina Azzam Syrian Refugee at the Dental Clinic; Traveling with the Speed of Light: Zeina Azzam

Kristin Kowalski Ferragut You Say We’re Like Magnets; The River: Kristin Ferragut