Abstract Magazine International | Poetry
Abstract seeks fine art in all forms that engages with both the crises and joys of our shared human condition. We seek art that engages the edge of now; we seek to explore a future forward zeitgeist with a respect for the gifts of the past. We are looking for both established and emerging artists across a broad range of genres. Our criterion is quality.


Imperative by Alison Prine

19 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Ferrandis Issaev, @ferrandisissaev IMPERATIVE not happiness, not the petal, not the wing not the breeze that teases the flesh, carries the little leaf – but the rock you stand on the thick rope ladder, the sturdy wooden boat, the weathered beam, the dock – heft and…

The White Curtain by Alison Prine

19 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Lady 1 from the Antique Series by David Rodriguez, @davidofficialclub THE WHITE CURTAIN pulled around you is immaculate as a field of snow, and has the same protective instinct. This could be temporary. White sky suggests a pause. A blank screen evokes omission. You wanted something…

Smoke by Robert Rothman

15 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Tropical Storm Clouds by Tobias Oggenfuss SMOKE Hazy in memory are the tendrils Bending like long-stemmed irises from My father’s cigarettes, billowing out In great clouds of white steam from Our fireplace at night, black and thick As a ship’s furnace in the red…

Affaire de Coeur by Vincent Barry

11 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Tobias Staaf, @staaftobias AFFAIRE DE COEUR “So when did it begin?” she says, cocking a queer eye at me. Rubbing a fleshy ear, I say, “Does it matter?” The truth is I can’t say exactly when. The other truth, I’m thinking, is, “This is the beginning…

Like Magic by Nancy Cherry

08 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Vera Fonseka, @verafonsekaart LIKE MAGIC If I want to write a villanelle, I will. Even though its formal structure interrupts itself to interject a rhyme. It’s like a practiced magic trick—you’ll need a hat, a rabbit, a little goodwill. And if I want to spill my…

In Darkness by Nancy Cherry

06 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Vera Fonseka, @verafonsekaart IN DARKNESS Before moonrise, before the trail, before I begin the climb, I stop beside a dacha hovering at the shore and watch shadows cross Tomales Bay as the sun falls. Mud hens stitch paths on the water as frogs begin their litany…

Elephant Seal by Nancy Cherry

04 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Astrid Echle, @astridechle ELEPHANT SEAL I’m a barrel in the sea. I roll in joy—tide in, tide out, I land always where I go. I lap and clap my flippers up the day and down to smooth the edges, then slow back into cold, or slip heat into…

Kiamichi River Dam by Robert Ferrier

01 Dec 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Jessie Hall, @catcrimson KIAMICHI RIVER DAM What draws us to its roar spewing the push of a hundred-year flood? Rowed plumes spray down to mist splash to eddies and swirls anglers in boats at safer distance casting lines for tailrace stripers swimming fin-to- fin with white…

Z by Lara Candland

27 Nov 2017, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Miasmic by Pamela Habing, @pamelahabingart      Art: Marie Dashkova @melodyphoto, Moscow, Russia. mariedashkova.com About the author: Lara Candland’s pamphlet Tongue Child, was published in the Palanquin/TDM series at the University of South Carolina/Aiken, and individual poems have been published or are forthcoming in Free Verse, Fence, The Colorado…

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