The horses stand at the gate.
“Where have you been?” ask their eyes and ears.
“I’ve been writing.”
“It’s my art of arranging words — the sounds you hear me think to express the ramblings of my mind — so many other humans may know them.”
“Primitive!” they say with a twist of lips and narrowed eyes.
“Humans aren’t horses,” I remind. “We’re a relatively new species, still trying to figure things out.”
The thought “too much figuring” takes form within, as I catch my mare’s mischievous grin and glint of eye. Read more
The word-seeds that seed our sleepless nights
with consonants and vowels, left alone unsyntaxed
never hear the light of day‑
unfurl and stretch in banks of clouds
or along long streams before they disappear
into sentences never spoken.
I lie as silent as a snake and never speak another cloud,
like St.Vincent-Millay’s candle burning both ends,
stretch and dissolve into liquid wax, all
inclinations from the depth’s images remain unlit.
There is a hole in the wall of the city-scape
where I can enter without pick-axe or hands,
Anaconda gliding through the scene, Read more
I did not know the girl behind the veil. I could barely see her eyes. Yet, I could feel her humiliation, her disgrace, her indignation. It stabbed at my heart to see her being treated as an outcast. These strangers treated her with contempt, simply because of her dress and her foreign tongue. A compulsion came over me. I needed to experience this persecution for myself so that I could better understand, so that I would never forget that an individual should be judged by their actions and values, not by their outward appearance. Read more
Published annually, the Literary Gazette is a unique niche product showcasing the region’s rich literary flair. Each issue centers around a certain theme, and poems, stories and essays by area writers explore that theme. Past themes have included “A Sense of Place,” “Compassion,” “Nature,” “Bridges,” “Roots” and (for the upcoming issue) “Dreams.” Each Literary Gazette also features the work of an accomplished area photographer, whose pictures provide images related to the theme, serving as emphasis and counterpoint to the poems and stories. Read more
The victim/pedestrian involved in the accident on State Route 17B near Ballard Rd. in Smallwood (Town of Bethel) has been identified by next of kin. The victim is Rita S. Sherman, age 32, of White Lake, NY. Read more
September is here, and many animals in our area are preparing in some way for the onset of colder weather to come. Some insects and many birds have already started to migrate to warmer climes, and it is this migration behavior that enables researchers to get a “snapshot” of the wellbeing of a particular species and its habitat. Read more
BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that a proposal submitted by Joseph Stead of Milford to lease the 45.3-acre Cliff Park Golf Course has been awarded by the National Park Service (NPS). The new lessee hopes to re-open the course to golfers this fall. Read more
NEW YORK STATE — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking the public’s help to report cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) cases in white tailed deer. This viral disease is most common in the late summer and early fall when the midges that transmits EHD are abundant. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Each new moment is an opportunity, each new venture a challenge. For those who engage in the rigors of athletic competition, the most salient time is always the here and now, not what happened last time out and not what may happen in a future encounter. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Read more