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Summer Haiku 
by Virginie Colline

Your meridian muse
hidden away from the sun
violin-shaped dreams

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Virginie Colline is a French translator living in Paris. Her poems have appeared in The Scrambler, Notes from the Gean, Prune Juice, Frostwriting, Haiku Journal, Prick of the Spindle, Mouse Tales Press, StepAway Magazine, BRICKrhetoric, Seltzer, Overpass Books, Dagda Publishing, The Four Quarters Magazine, Yes, and Poetry. Her poetry also appears in the Silver Birch Press SUMMER ANTHOLOGY, available at

PAINTING: “Interior with a violin” (Room at the Hôtel Beau-Rivage),1918, by Henri Matisse

by Denis Johnson

Looking out our astounding
clear windows before evening, 
It is almost as if
the world were blue
with some lubricant,
it shines so.

…Read “Looking Out the Window” by Denis Johnson in its entirety at The poem appears in The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New, Copyright © 1995 by Denis Johnson. Find the book at

Painting by Henri Matisse (1869-1954)


“Doesn’t it seem to you,” asked Madame Bovary, “that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?” GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Madame Bovary (1857)

Painting: “Young Woman at the Window, Sunset” by Henry Matisse (1921)



Poem by Gerald Locklin

Isn’t it amazing how an artist
Can learn to see 
The coast of France
As that of Japan

And teach us to see it
That way also?


“Paul Signac: Port of Saint-Cast, 1890,” © 2013 by Gerald Locklin, reprinted by permission of author. The poem is found in the January 2013 release DEEP MEANINGS: Selected Poems, 2008-2013 by Gerald Locklin, available from Presa Press.

Painting: “Port of Saint-Cast,” 1890, oil on canvas by Paul Signac (Museum of Fine Art, Boston)