About the Contributors

by Tony Beyer

the last thing a poet needs

is an interesting life

those traditional accoutrements

wine connoisseurship


or an attention-fetching scar

look good in the bio note

but do nothing to enhance the work

think instead about Bashō for example

who owned at best a robe

a bowl and sandals

and a staff to lean

his skeleton on

while walking the Narrow Road

First published in Otoliths #66, Southern Winter, August 2022.