Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Night Garden on Hiatus

Dear Poets & Readers,

Night Garden is going to go on hiatus for a while, time to step away from all the darkness and re-enter the light.  Poppy Road Review is open once again!  Send your fantasy, nature, romance, or fairy tale poems to PoppyRoadReview.blogspot.com.

Much gratitude to those who purchased copies of the Autumn and/or Summer 2017 digests. I hope to churn out subsequent seasonal issues in the future, but for now, I need a temporary respite from publishing.

Friday, August 3, 2018

A Perfect Fit by Bradley Thomas

Listening for the aria in the still air 
Descending down the valley slip 
With the first breach of winter snow 
Repeating the coda of loose fences 
Dead branches and leaves 
Singing the end of the last summer day 
The smell of benign frozen music 
Infusing itself throughout the trees 
The formal dress of winter falls in the light wind 
As the wind delicately sews the garment 
To a perfect fit in virgin white

Bradley Thomas has a forthcoming book "Cookie Dreams" to be published in early 2019.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Sunflowers' Roar by Sandy Hiss

In the cutting garden, 
sunflowers tilt their faces
towards the sun.  Wait for
the shock of heat to
awaken their lazy limbs.

Black eyes steal glances
behind golden manes;
once outrageous and wild,
tousled from the bi-polar wind
as The Scorpions' Rock me Like
a Hurricane whips by 
from an aging radio.

With a roar, they proclaim
their strength to the alert
ears of corn in the field
and the crows who fly in formation,
cawking curses in unison.

Maybe this time, the lady 
of the house will take notice
and carry them far away--
to the porch, the dining table,
or even the farmer's market.

Anywhere but here,
where time buries its head
in the dirt among the seeds
and purring has become 
an afterthought.

Sandy Hiss enjoys reading and writing poetry.  Her recent chapbook, Petal Storm, is a collection of dark fantasy poems about women.  It's been revived from the dead and is currently available on Amazon and also on library thing member's giveaway until August 5th as an e-book.

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Fantasies Delight by Rimli Bhattacharya

The evening sky hovered 
With siesta whispering – 
“Lady why don’t you sleep tonight?”

I had been watching the sky
Till the evening sun faded in the inky darkness
The moon embarked its journey
With siesta whispering – 
“Lady why don’t you sleep tonight?”

The angels were in disguise
As I drank the sweetness of the night flowers;
With the nature humming a song
The melody like a fantasy
With siesta whispering – 
“Lady why don’t you sleep tonight?”

I wish to wander in the woods
Basking in the moonlight;
As I would like to tread deep enough
Abandoning the mundane world
With siesta whispering – 
“Lady why don’t you sleep tonight?”

The stillness of the evening breathes inside me
As I sense a sublime feeling
Of the beauty of the night sky fluttering above me.

I whisper back to siesta that I need to stay awake
As I want to enjoy the beauty of night
Taking my breath away.

Sleep levitates on me
As the Orange flame orbs the setting.
The silhouettes of the clouds etches the dark shadows
With the evening light diminishing
And the cool air settling over me.

I close my eyes
Smiling I whisper to my siesta 
Yes I will sleep tonight.
Along with the night sky to my fantasies delight.

Rimli Bhattacharya is a gold medalist in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in supply chain management. Her writing has appeared in several magazines, engineering journals, blogs, and in the anthology Book of Light. She is also a trained classical dancer and is based out of Mumbai, India.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Summer 2017 Digest is Here


Night Garden Journal's Summer 2017 Issue featuring the fine poetry of: 

Jeff Bagato, Byron Beynon, Yuan Changming, Linda M. Crate, Ken Allan Dronsfield, David Gross, G. Louis Heath, Michael Keshigian, Eira Needham, Tamara L. Panici, Zvi A. Sesling, Ryan Stone, Marianne Szlyk, Ann Christine Tabaka, Dennis Villelmi,  Lynn White, Martin Willitts Jr., and Jim Zola.  Also included, a chaplet, Disappearing Darkness, by Martin Willitts Jr.

The digest will retail for only $4.25
Use Code BOOKSHIP18 for free mail or 50% off ground shipping - This offer is good until July 23, 2018.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Trips to Kensley by Adrian Slonaker

Oliver and his baby brother Eddie
never refused an overnight trip to see
Aunt Peggy and Uncle Lee and
Christopher and Steve
in the unincorporated community of Kensley
caressing de facto farmland
so dissimilar to their soulless suburb
lying limply on the commuter line from the city.
Unlike their own bland bungalow
where tired, trite rites and tensions
fueled fracases and failures,
Aunt Peggy’s place was perpetually splashed with
volleys of laughter and lights
and video games and whispering after dark
and bowls brimming with Better Than Robert Redford Cake,
Now Aunt Peggy and Uncle Lee have expired, and
Christopher, Steve and even Eddie
have gradually retreated into
the territory of unfamiliarity.
Ditches deepened by
decades of disappointment and boredom
have been dug across Oliver’s brow,
but sometimes he stabs the key
into his used Nissan Micra-
which isn’t even close to being paid off-
and cruises over to Kensley
onto a street that has been renamed,
to a once-halcyon house claimed by strangers
before returning to a room that's
haunted by nothing.

Adrian Slonaker works as a copywriter and copy editor in Urbandale, Iowa. Adrian's work has been nominated for Best of the Net and has appeared in The Bohemyth, Queen Mob's Tea House, Pangolin Review, Montana Mouthful, Avatar Review, and others.   

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Nightscape by Joan McNerney

Fog horns sound though
air soaked in blackness.
All evening long listening
to hiss of trucks, cars.

Shadows brush across walls
as trees trace their branches.
Gathering and waving
together then swaying apart.

While I sleep, stars glide
through heaven making
their appointed rounds in
ancient sacred procession.

Dreams as smooth as rose
petals spill into my mind
growing wild patches in
this dark garden of night.

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.  Three Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications have accepted her work.  Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky and she has four Best of the Net nominations.