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by Joan Jobe Smith

Driving my green ’72 Dodge four-door with
green upholstery: a perfect getaway car for a
spy in a broccoli forest, I went to see my
lover for nine years every weekend 42 miles
away in L.A. and listened to my Sinatra tape
as I sped upon the freeways through the grand
canyon of all those Goliath-shouldered skyscrapers
and when Frank sang “Chicago,” I’d sing along
“My kind of town LOS ANGELES IS” because I
couldn’t wait to see my lover even though he
didn’t love me, wouldn’t take me to Chicago
where I wanted to go more than Paris or Rome
Chicago where he went all the time to see his
folks and I couldn’t go because he was ashamed
of me because I was married and wanted me
to stay that way and one day while I sang along
with Sinatra singing “Chicago,” right around that
freeway mesa in downtown L.A. where everyone’s
deciding where he’s going: Pasadena, Ventura,
Santa Monica, Bakersfield, a car older than mine
ahead of me had a blowout and its wheel rubber
black exploded all the way around and came straight
at me and my Dodge and I swerved into the fast lane
to miss it and found a miracle in the eye of the
hurry-cane: no pickup towing a speedboat, no
oil tanker, no RV loaded with kids and bicycles
just me and my green ’72 Dodge and Frank Sinatra
and Chicago: strange, lucky angels hightailing it
onto the Hollywood Freeway to the Echo Park off-ramp
to Sunset Boulevard and left onto Lucile to my lover’s
tiny garage-converted pad and our wows and what-ifs.
Later, after I divorced my husband and my lover got
cold feet and pushed me off the 100th story of a
heartbreak hotel, I landed into the arms of a
tall, dark, handsome poet and my ex-lover
went to Chicago with someone else.

“Chicago” and other poetry by Joan Jobe Smith is featured in the new Silver Birch Press release GREEN: An Eclectic Anthology of Poetry & Prose, available at



Poem by Margaret Towner

The three-tiered plant hanger

is on the patio where my mother

could see it from her chair

when she was still living

in the house. Barb hung it high

last year and placed three

bright pots of graduated size:

one white flowering plant

at the top, in constant bloom,

a jade plant in the middle

always pale green, and finally

a red blooming succulent

with flowers that come and go.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Margaret Towner is a teacher of English learners and students at-risk in reading. She lived for many years in Latin America—Uruguay, Chile, El Salvador, and Mexico—and translates poetry from Spanish to English, writes children’s music, and performs Latin American music. In 2005, she received the Jane Buel Bradley Chapbook Award, and her poetry will be featured in the Cancer Poetry Project Anthology, the Serving House Press, and the Center for Nondual Awareness.

“The Rise and Fall of Life” and other poetry by Margaret Towner will appear in the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology — a collection of poetry and prose from authors who reside in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Africa — available March 15, 2013.




Dusty taste of pistachio

summons the desert,

after the bite

green like the Palo Verde.

Creamy avocado

so smooth on the tongue,

soft in the hand but

hard in the heart.

A sting of Chartreuse

in a sip of the tongue,

burning bite from a bottle.

Now, breathe eucalyptus

inhale mint grass pine

swallow apple olive

drink in green.


Electric, asparagus, yellow, blue

forest, bright, marine and pine

Harlequin, honeydew, India, lawn

camouflage, citrine, emerald, jade

Paris, army, avocado, pear

verdigris, chlorine, office, sky

hunter, Persian, pigment, teal

turquoise, Kelly, moss and sap


Eucalyptus, grass, viridian, green.

“Shades of Green” by Tere Sievers will appear in the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology, a collection of Poetry and prose from over 50 writers in the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Africa —  available March 15, 2013.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tere Sievers, originally a Jersey girl, lives in Long Beach, California, and works as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She began writing poetry at CSULB and Beyond Baroque back in the late 70s.  For the enjoyment of the children in her life, she has published a book of children’s poems, Blueberry Pancakes and Monkey Pajamas.  She recently received third place in the Your Daily Poem Apocalypse Poetry Contest.



by Lori McGinn


Do you remember?

There was that time

You were all fashion savvy,

With your martini,

your fancy cigarette holder?

Pall Mall cigarette poised.

There was a pool, a party,

Me, at the bottom of the pool

looking up, wondering when to breathe.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lori McGinn is a mom, grandma, baker of cookies, visual artist, and writer of poems. A native of Whittier, California, her work has appeared in several anthologies and her chapbook, Waiting, was published as a part of the Laguna Poets Series.


“Woman with a Green Olive, Floating” and other poetry by Lori McGinn will appear in the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology — a collection of poetry and prose from more than 50 authors around the world — available March 15, 2013.

Photo: “Classic Martini” by Ken Johnson, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


“Collage Poem” © Jena Ardell, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jena Ardell is a freelance photographer and writer. Her photography has been exhibited worldwide and has appeared in numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, and can be found as the cover art to a handful of novels. She is a regular contributing writer and concert photographer for L.A. Weekly’s music and arts sections. Jena earned second place in the online feature category at the L.A. Press Club’s National Entertainment Journalism Awards 2011 for her contribution to L.A. Weekly’s Coachella coverage. Jena is currently pursuing editorial photography and seeking a publisher for a children’s book she penned during a cross-country train trip.


“Collage Poem” and other work by Jena Ardell will appear in the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology, a collection of poetry, prose, photography, and art from contributors in the U.S., U.K., and Europe — available March 15, 2013.



by Dale Sprowl

A color of aqua lives,

fantastically far from real;

Once I saw it behind Pablo Neruda’s house

in a dream,

a stripe of Chilean ocean, cool and green.

Another time,

though this one real,

I saw it at the beach on Aruba,

Blown with racing winds,

sea over shallow white sand

pale as a pool.

Once I found it in nature

as I stared down at ice floes on Greenland,

white chunks cut into black lake,

each framed by numinous liquid refreshment.


And another time I saw it.

Would you call it real or not?

In Vincent’s sky in “The White Orchard.”

When I saw it,

I wept,


until I saw it again in “The Plow”

and knew I was at home there.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dale Sprowl teaches writing at Biola University in La Mirada, California. During summers, she administrates and teaches at the Young Writer’s Project at UCI. Her work with the UCI Writing Project began in 1981, and she has contributed to the UCIWP texts on the teaching of writing. Her first chapbook of poems, The Colors of Water, published by Finishing Line Press in 2007, and her second chapbook, Moon Over Continent’s Edge (2009), have been nominated for a California Book Award. Her poems have also appeared in PEARL, Fire, A New Song, Ancient Paths, and Knowing Stones: Poems of Exotic Places. She earned her bachelor’s degree in humanities and in history as well as a master’s degree in history from Pepperdine University. An Educator Associate for the American Psychoanalytic Association, she lives in Newport Beach, California, with her husband.

“Aqua Vita” and other poetry by Dale Sprowl will appear in the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology, a collection of poetry & prose from authors around the world — available March 15, 2013.

Painting: “The White Orchard” by Vincent van Gogh (1888)



by Paul Kareem Tayyar

This is the hour of the sundial,

The green lake and the lady who defends it,

This is the hour of the rose and the watercolor clouds,

This is the hour when the angels,

Long crippled by an absence of faith in those they have been sent to protect,

Awake to find that the children are holding their arms out to them,

And the white rain warms its hands by the slow fire of an emerging sun.


Here is where your life becomes a silent film,

Where your life becomes a long poem filled with lovely metaphors,

Where you no longer have to dream about what the days before you will become,


This is the hour that you had been promised,

See your dreams sitting like starlings upon the telephone wires

Across the street from where you stand.


“Little Mythologies” and other poetry by Paul Kareem Tayyar will appear in the upcoming Green Anthology from Silver Birch Press — available March 15, 2013.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul Kareem Tayyar, a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, is the author of four collections of poetry: Everyday Magic (West-Coast Bias Press), Scenes From A Good Life (Tebot Bach), Postmark Atlantis (Level 4 Press), and Follow the Sun: Poems, Stories, and Reflections (Aortic Books). Paul’s most recent book of prose is the novella In the Footsteps of the Silver King (Spout Hill Press). He is the Founding Director of World Parade Books, an independent press that has published works by Edward Field, Clifton Snider, and Donna Hilbert. He is one of the organizers of Beside the City of Angels: A Long Beach Poetry Festival.



by Tamara Madison

How I envy
the furry black
yellow striped
that climbs
the lush stems
of the basil plant.
Sheltered within the deep
green redolent canopy
it spends its days
on the fragrant leaves,
that with each
delicious bite
it destroys
its gorgeous habitat.
By the time the leaves
are all reduced
to lacy stubble
it will be time
to find a resting place,
pull a cocoon over itself
and wait for the dawn
of the next life.
How I envy
the furry black
yellow striped
that can destroy
its world
and retreat
to the succor
of a regenerative

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tamara Madison teaches English and French at a public high school in Los Angeles. Raised on a citrus farm in the California desert, Tamara’s life has taken her many places, including Europe and the former Soviet Union, where she spent fifteen months in the 1970s. A swimmer and dog lover, Tamara says, “All I ever wanted to do with my life was write, and I mostly write poetry because it suits my lifestyle; I like the way one can say so much in the economical space of a poem.”

“The Rapture” and other poems by Tamara Madison will appear in the upcoming Silver Birch Press Green Anthology, a collection of poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, essays, interviews, and stage play scenes from authors in the U.S., U.K., and Europe — available on March 15, 2013.



by Gerald Locklin

First in Tucson,

Now at El Cholo in L.A.

On western just south of Olympic,

My wife and I make a point

Of enjoying them once a summer.


Some tamales are not hot.

These are sweet with the syrup

Of young corn, steamed within

The husks.  Even the thin strand

Of a green pepper seems sweet.

Even the morsel of tender chicken

Seems sweet.


Sweet as sweethearts

On the evening promenade

Above the beach at Mazatlan.

Sweet as summer evenings.

Sweet as the respite, the

Renewal, at the end of day.


Think sweetly of green corn tamales,

Remembering that the water of the desert,

Hoarded by the thirsty cactus,

Is the sweetest water.

Reprinted by permission of the author from The Life Force Poems, © Gerald Locklin, 2002, Water Row Press, Sudbury, Massachusetts.

“Green Corn Tamales” by Gerald Locklin will appear in the upcoming Silver Birch Press Green Anthology: An Eclectic Collection of Poetry & Prose. The anthology will include poetry, short stories, essays, novel excerpts, and stage play scenes that touch on “green” in one way or another. The Silver Birch Press Green Anthology will be released on March 15, 2013.