New Texas

Four Poems

Four Poems

by Mark Trechock Painting the Corners   At the August community clean-up-fix-up-paint-up Extravaganza, put on by the non-profit do-gooder Sector, shed of our Sunday or Monday best, Paintbrushes in hand, rags dangling Self-consciously from our back pockets, We tried to imitate workers on a home Improvement TV show, determined to tidy up A crumbling stoop-frontedRead more about Four Poems[...]

Twilight

Twilight

by Anne Whitehouse   I stand at the trajectory of loss, sunset glare in my eyes.   As evening deepens, fireflies rise from the lawn to the treetops, floating higher and higher as if they were stars.

The Golden State

The Golden State

by Jonathan B. Ferrini The Department of Motor Vehicles in California is a great equalizer. It has no race, income, gender, or sexual prejudices. It treats everybody miserably. What happened to this state?  Rising rents, astronomical home prices, traffic congestion, homelessness. I remember growing up in California in the fifties, when life was better. OrangeRead more about The Golden State[...]

The Kentucky Resolutions and a More Perfect Union

The Kentucky Resolutions and a More Perfect Union

by William Matthew McCarter In September of 1787, the United States Constitution was adopted by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Legend has it that at the close of the Constitutional Convention, an interested party asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?”  Benjamin FranklinRead more about The Kentucky Resolutions and a More Perfect Union[...]