Susan Isla Tepper is the author of 11 published books of fiction and poetry and 2 stage plays. Her new satirical Novel titled ‘Office’ is forthcoming from Wilderness House Press in September.
Later this year another Novel titled ‘Hair of a Fallen Angel’ will be published by Cervena Barva Press. Tepper is currently in the production phase of her play about artist Jackson Pollock in his later years.


Languid this room
keeps sheltered
its forbidden fruit
a single pear.
The rest of the bounty
in boxes of jade and soft woods
satiny to the touch

As once you remarked about my body.
I never feel your hands

O room of salted sea breeze
clinging to cup and saucer,
Scratchy sofa, tainted
essence from peaking waves
crashing too close

Tangles the curtains— agony after
and again; tangling the sail.
Stop moving I will climb aboard!

Salt is tasted on the rim.
Smudged, wine-stained
in synch with peals
from somewhere bells.

Bridget Seley Galway, Artist/Poet graduated from Umass Amherst with a BFA in Painting and Art Education. She received a full scholarship and was the recipient of the Binny & Smith Artistic Achievement Award. Her poems have been published in several anthologies, and her collection of poems and images “What Moments Yield”, published by Ibbetson Press, is included in several library collections. She has exhibited throughout New England; her paintings have been selected for the covers of Bagels with Bards, Ibbetson Press, and individual poet publications.