Pulsar Poetry Webzine
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Poems 2019 - most recent poems at the top.

Photo: Sean Lause.  See his poem in the June 2019 edition, below. Click on image, to enlarge.

June 2019 (91 editions in total)


39th edition as a webzine, see below.


Poets listed in surname alphabetical order


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Poem Index


Grove Seasons - Richard Dinges, Jr.


Uncle David - Michael Jennings.


The old man in the cage - Sean Lause


A Gift in Winter - Lynne Munn


Divorce - Lynne Munn


The Gogs - David Pike


Unusual and Dangerous - John D. Robinson




Grove Seasons


Tree leaves packed dense

filter sunlight,

my eyes dilated

in shadows.  Leaves

fail, shed into

brittle piles that mark

my steps with bitter

cackles, reveal

branches, dark frames

between stained glass

panes of pale sky.

Snow piles over

limbs, reflect sun

to blind me in

a gentle spray

of crystals.  Dark buds

erupt into green

shade, block sunlight

again and I cool

into a damp earthen


Richard Dinges, Jr.

Walton, NE, USA




Uncle David


When uncle David came the chances were

he’d brought something to be altered –

a shirt collar needing to be turned,

a pair of trouser shortened.

He sat in our living room,

drank a cup of tea and chatted

in his deep easy-going voice,

swapping family news and other matters

while mouther worked the treadle

and the Singer clicked and clattered.

With the alteration snipped free of the machine

he’d be off on the bike he’d left against the wall.

This was poverty that didn’t bite too deep:

it clothed us in a dignity that no one knew they wore.


Michael Jennings

Keyworth, Nottinghamshire




The old man in the cage


It is Sunday.  The old man in the cage
is wheeled through the town again.
His lips tremble with violations.
There must have been a time when he was young.


He signatures the wind with words
they cannot decipher.  He is no one.
Though some say he knows when time will end.
His face is a map of sins and visions.


The citizens baptize their cars, their souls
as white as the illusion of innocence.
They toss him mirrors and laughter.
He shows them rage and the seat of his pants.


He is the sum of all their ages,
guilty of a crime he can’t remember.
At sunset they return him to his cave
where he’ll remain ‘till they need him again
to preen their jaded dream of being gods.


Sean Lause

Bluffton, Ohio, USA




A Gift in Winter


Solitary, creamy-yellow, full blown rose,

There is surely a lapse in your memory

To make you bloom like this in January.

Flaunting your delicate beauty through days

Dank and drear with flutterings of snow,

When you should have rusted and died

Like your kindred, long, long ago.

Each fragrant petal fully open

Blows undefiled by winter’s thrust,

Beauty so brave, so flawless,

Amazes eyes grown used to dreariness,

Uplifts the spirit driven low by sunless

Days, and revives a sinking trust in nature,

The magical and eternal conjuror.


Lynne Munn

London, NW






When the last leaves of autumn

Snatched by wilful wind,

Lie like shredded sunset

On the grass,

Will they remember spring

Before they pass,

Under footprint and snow

Into the crust of earth?


When all my future days

From yours are severed,

Finally and forever,

Will they remember spring

As documents are passed

From hand to legal hand,

And when our case is closed

What then? Will we shrivel?


Lynne Munn




The Gogs


A sickly-sweet odour of cutting oil

filtered through a hedgerow

oozing from an overflow

that bordered a workshop

of industrial noise;

it was a cloying smell

that lingered in the nostrils

of a small boy

crouched on a muddy track

peering intently into a shallow

backwater stream

that meandered betwixt, between

and down past The Lamb.


A small jam-jar

rested on the ground

filled with aquatic fauna

and a dazzle of bright water,

liquid that deflected light

Schlieren style

as flickering rays

filtered through an array of trees.


Two sticklebacks swam

in the close confines

of the ex-jam jar,

magnificent creatures,

silver, red, with a touch of


The boy looked for another,

where small fishes swim,

totally enthralled, taking it in,

relaxed in his skin. . .


before becoming old.


David Pike

Swindon, Wiltshire





Unusual and Dangerous

I didn’t know what I
was looking for
and I began
looking in some of
the most unusual
and dangerous of
places and people:
high life
low life
no life:
I searched
all over,
found nothing

that meant
I grabbed a pen
and started
scribbling, not
knowing what
else to do.


John D. Robinson

Hastings, East Sussex


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March 2019 (90 editions in total)


38th edition as a webzine, see below.


Poets listed in surname alphabetical order.  


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Poem Index


Dictate – Gary Beck


Vermin – Holly Day


Old Crocker – Michael Jennings


American Beauty – George Cassidy Payne


Low Rider – David Pike


Roughing It – Fabrice B Poussin


Foundry – John Timothy Robinson


Cottage Song – Roger Singer


Unskilled – Ian C. Smith






Statistically speaking

most humans

prefer to be told

rather than asked

to do this or that

at the behest of someone

rarely concerned

with the needs of the people.


Gary Beck

New York, USA






I’m sorry

I think to the cockroaches that squish under my boots

as I walk home along the roaring breakers of ocean surf

on a thin strip of sidewalk crumbling slowly to sand. In the darker shadows

cat-sized rats scurry over concrete pilings, carrying greasy chip bags

hamburger wrappers and bits of rotting fruit in their mouths

claiming the fetid remains of the day for a midnight feast.

Years before, these rats and roaches would have been in hiding

in the ramshackle brick houses and empty warehouse spaces that used

to line this part of town, but now that all those old buildings are gone

and the new buildings, mostly condos, are too brightly lit for vermin

the rats and the roaches have all come down to the beach. The new condo owners

might have chased away the junkies and the whores

and the homeless drunks with their overflowing shopping carts

but the rats and the roaches are here to stay.


Holly Day

Minneapolis MN




Old Crocker


Old Crocker brought us coal.

His blackened, scary face

had bulging bloodshot eyes

which stared below a greasy cap.

From lorry to his leather-aproned back

he heaved each sack and humped it

down the concrete path

in battered blakey-studded boots,

which as he thudded through,

struck sparks,

until the thunder of black fuel

tumbling in the bunker.

Such was the fearsome ogre

who brought us warmth in winter.


Michael Jennings

Keyworth, Nottinghamshire




American Beauty


Is mermaid legs of

silk noodles and storm

trooper boots. It’s pant

less. A hemmed blouse

of Amazonian orchids.

Tattooed neck. Marine

haircut. A chair made

of wolf pelts. Dressed as

a lemon meringue pie.

Drinking mushroom

tea and giggling at stars.


George Cassidy Payne

Rochester, NY, USA




Low Rider


Opt me out

of anything spontaneous, spectacular

or rash,

but don’t let me stop you

having a bash

on the scariest rides

that thrill making engineers

design and provide

for fun seeking fun seekers -


persons who enjoy a thrill

to show they’re alive

though nearly being killed,

and queue for the privilege.


It’s their bag you see

to be at the peak of anxiety

screaming out loud –

but leave me out,

I’ll be taking a step back

to realign my inner self,

addressing a wealth

of calm idiosyncrasies.


David Pike,

Swindon, Wiltshire




Roughing It


A rough dress forgotten, designed for a lady, worn by 

a mother who never took much to the traits of stars.


Modelling hands of ruby nails and soft lotions, bare

no likeness to the digits crevassed by cold and rain.


Mouths needed feeding, food to be planted

and dirt soiled the folds of a skin still trying to be young.


No time for jolly waltzes in the dusty, musky ballroom

only a moment to turn from oven to table at work.


Eyelashes faded, braids unravelled with the passing days

the make-up hardened to become cement in a tight jar.


When death came at last beauty was allowed anew

she lay still rosy cheeks, peaceful under deep foundation.


The little girl had dreamed of a cover glamour shot

success indeed; that it is the last memory of her.


Fabrice B Poussin

Rome, Italy






When I first saw the place one summer

it looked like someone dropped a bomb.

Through a chain-link fence

sheet metal siding charred black as coal

hung on steel girders.

From the car window

you could only look through one end

where furnace number nine made silicon.

When they tapped, a fiery glow exploded,

split darkness in a shower of volcanic light.


Waiting in the gravel parking lot

after dad’s shift,

the car was an oven of three o’clock heat.

They walked from the small building

covered in black steel-dust

like old photographs of miners.

Covered with fine filings,

this dust that resembled glitter

inside through a shaft of light,

you cleaned from your nose an hour after shift.

Black snot.  Black spit.

Steel was in their blood.

Fifty years, my father worked

through changing names, collective bargaining,

a strike, an employee buy-out.


Lines on his face and in his hands

were other stories.

He drove almost an hour every day to work.

one direction,

strung electrical wire,

checked switches, relays, transistors.


Sunflower seeds and cigarette buts on the plunging station floor.

Mess hall cuss and days of jokes.

Once in a while someone brought food.

Talk of mortgages, political snares.

One summer on furnace number two,

Miller looked at me and said,

“Welcome to Hell.”

Everybody just wanted a better life.


Many years later

one of them was pulled over;

a rumor of cocaine in his trunk.


After all this time,

here and there they fall,

felled by life;

alcohol, heart disease and cancer.


John Timothy Robinson

Gallipolis Ferry, WV, USA




Cottage Song


I remember shadows

and the long arms of strength.


I see smiles and pain

seasons passing.

Voices over a river

one I’m familiar with -


thoughts provide a healing,

of scars no longer visible.


I recall the aroma of lilacs

in the morning,

dew covering canvas awnings

and red wing blackbirds

heading to the tidal basin.


Roger Singer

Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA






I have an apartment lease to offload, need a foxhole

after another upheaval in the hum of these days,

discovery, escape, possibility, blood fizzing.

I recognise the canny suit who responds to my ad,

taking me back to the cages of earlier restless times.


He was my boss when I quit, storming out offended

by tactless remarks criticising a distressing call,

a medical emergency halting sweaty work.

No phones in pockets.  Work scarce.  Bosses ruled.

I had vowed to find another job before day’s end.


He remembers me, an emotional boy-father

of an injured child, who showed up the next morning.

Smug, compassionate, I couldn’t tell back then,

he assumed I would retract my notice, was shocked

I landed a job that day I told him where to stick his.


He wants the apartment for his student daughter.

I mention my language studies, enjoy his surprise again,

omit shameful wreckage bobbing in life’s wake,

the married girlfriend, cheap drama like a bad movie.

We all want our hazardous lives to turn out magical.  


Ian C Smith

Sale, Vic, 3850, Australia



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