Issue No. 17, Summer 2016

I check the obits

every once in a while
to make sure I’m not dead.
It can be hard to tell
inside these four walls
in the dark,
hands folded over
an imperceptible heart.

Then there’s the absence of dreams.
Or more like the loss of belief
having one
would mean something.


Sandra Storey is the author of the poetry collection, Every State Has Its Own Light, a finalist for the May Swenson Award, published in 2014 by Word Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in New Millennium Writings, THEMA, and The New York Quarterly, among other journals. Storey was founder, editor and publisher of two bilingual neighborhood newspapers for 20 years. Now she is a monthly columnist for the Jamaica Plain Gazette. She has been a featured reader at many venues in Boston. She is a member of the collaborative workshop Jamaica Pond Poets and co-director of Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series.