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Best of the Net Nominations

 Congratulations to the following writers, our Best of the Net nominees: " Hey, Moon ," by Doris Lynch " Harbinger ," by Susanna Childress " My Favorite Pen Pal of the Deepest Strokes ," by Distinctly Unique   " After the Fire ," by Hiromi Yoshida " The Photographer Considers His Mother's Gift ," by Roger Pfingston "Summer Solstice on the West Coast of Ireland," by James Green       About Best of the Net Anthology: The annual Best of the Net Anthology is a project of Sundress Publications . This project continues to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices who are publishing their work online. This anthology serves to bring greater respect to an innovative and continually expanding digital world in the same medium in which the work was originally published.

September, a poem by Lylanne Musselman

September Sunlight glows low through my windows, a changed position from high summer light, the golden hour that casts a robust yellow glare across roads, signs, rearview mirrors, blinding reflections surrender to sunsets sooner each day. Hummingbirds fatten for long flights, summer solitary they share nectar at last. Dry cornstalks stiffen in fields, waiting for harvest. Leaves fall to the ground. Pumpkin spice scents, apples ripen into cider amid bushels of fall festivals, perennial as forget-me-nots. Lylanne Musselman is an award-winning Hoosier poet, playwright, and visual artist. Her work has been published in many journals including Flying Island, The Tipton Poetry Journal , and The New Verse News , among others, and many anthologies. Musselman is the author of five poetry chapbooks and a full-length poetry collection, It’s Not Love, Unfortunately (Chatter House Press, 2018).

Fountain, a poem by F. Richard Thomas

Fountain          for Linda on her 77th birthday Hot summer nights after parking on the levee to watch and listen to the slow glide of barges up and down the Ohio River, Dad drove up Main Street, sometimes stopping to get fresh donuts or vanilla bean ice cream cones at Lik’s, but almost always to Garvin Park. Sis and I tussled to stand on the drive-shaft hump in the back seat to be the first to catch the glow. One hazy night she tried to convince me she saw it from as far away as the Woodlawn Theater. But always, when we crossed the train tracks at Maxwell Avenue, it glistened at the end of the long tunnel of giant elms that lured us in. Dad parked in the Braves’ stadium lot, stayed in the car with Mom, as we leapt from the back seat and raced to the fountain that flowered, hissed, and danced above us. As we edged up step by cautious step, first a slight chill,  then a fine mist tickled our faces.  Closer and closer, it pricked our hair  and the backs of our hands,  the water repeating

Piano bench, a poem by Eric Chiles

Piano bench The only music we ever heard was the symphony of voices during Sunday family pasta dinners, clinking dishes in the sink, cabinet doors slapping shut. So, the piano and bench posed a question for years in the living room. Who sat there to play? Instead, they got piled with books, picture frames, flower vases. It wasn't until the old lady passed and her grandson hauled both of them away that the piano bench divulged its secret—scores of music she once played. Long ago in the dusty past her fingers danced waltzes on the keys. Her smile lingered in the pages at odds with the dour duty of feeding husband and family. There was a different gaiety once in that house, not that there wasn't laughter all those Sundays, but something she enjoyed enough to learn was stored away and forgotten in that bench. Until it was moved, the lid flopping open in the bed of the truck, and the wind picking up the yellowed sheet music,

All This Chaos, a poem by Marjie Giffin

All This Chaos Bricks are flying and folks are crying, cursing  at cops who barricade the streets and chase fleeing protesters with tear gas and faces masked and buddy sticks raised with arms aloft, seeing that the straight blue line pushes forward against the masses they perceive as unruly. Lest we miss the point of all this chaos, the injustices pile up from time immortal and grievances are rife with grief and tears. Mothers have sobbed into dank, dark spaces; wives and offspring have cursed their losses, cried and begged for God’s saving graces. Marjie Giffin is an Indianapolis writer who has authored four regional histories and whose poetry has recently appeared in Snapdragon, Poetry Quarterly , Flying Island , The Kurt Vonnegut Literary Journal, The Saint Katherine Review, The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal, Through the Sycamores, The Blue Heron Review, and the anthology The Lives We Have Live(d) . One of her plays was produced in the IndyF

End Road Work, a poem by David J. Bauman

End Road Work A line of traffic cones arcs toward the berm, where an orange sign reads “End Road Work.” Good idea, I think. This fixing things is getting in the way of doing them. Hard to get somewhere when your path is constantly in repair. And anyway, lately things have been fixing themselves. The car stopped making that noise. The birdbath stopped leaking. And I’ve finally started sleeping more than just an hour at a time. But I don’t want to think about what’ s really going on. That the squeaky piece is quiet now because it fell off somewhere along the road, and the whole driveshaft is just waiting to drop out. That crack in the birdbath is plugged with built-up rust and crud. Rest- less bodies will run out of fuel eventually. I’m grateful for the sleep. There is no end to roadwork. But I know nothing about tarmac or car parts. When your child is so hurt that he lies down in the street, what tool or piece can m