Susan Tepper is the author of nine published books of fiction and poetry. Her tenth book, titled 9X9, will be released shortly by Cervena Barva Press.

Tepper is in the production phase of an Off-Broadway play that concerns artist Jackson Pollock in his later years.


Morbid came
I wasn’t prepared—
that gobble-wad mouth
ready to chew me
like rare steak
hardly a vein
I got so scared I
went into hiding
back of the old shed.
Jammed full.
Rusted bicycles
paint cans
past-date fertilizer.
Swarming in gnarly vines.
I clung.
Which morsels
will go first
its random feast
entrails and the rest
in the gaping stew.

Photo by Glenn Bowie

Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist, and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters.