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  April 2015
volume 12 number 1
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  John Elison
  Emily Fernandez
  Jeanie Greensfelder
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  David Herrle
  Sonika Jaggi
  Strider Marcus Jones
  Phillip Larrea
  Emma Lee
  Marieta Maglas
  Matt McGee
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Dave Nordling
  Toti O'Brien
  Greg Patrick
  James G Piatt
  Frank Praeger
  April Salzano
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Toti O'Brien
April 2015



art by dl warner

    Toti O'Brien is the Italian Accordionist with the Irish Last Name. She was born in Rome then moved to Los Angeles, where she makes a living as a self-employed artist, performing musician and professional dancer. Her work has recently appeared in Gyroscope, Mizmor Anthology, Parentheses, and Crossways.
Toti O'Brien




Yes, each morning
I clean up the miles I
drove yesterday
for a fair account I
restart from
So each morning is
clear each day
a new one.

It is sweeter
than love the sense
of being home
anywhere while
walking the unknown.
A small square
a store a gas
pump and here
I belong.

I live far from
the ones I love.
When they die
do they go much
farther? No.
This exile of mine's
like being dead
through the living or
between the dead
breathing still.

For all goes
from a virtual place
to another
in the treasure box
of my mind.
Memory with my
gypsy blood is
what I have got.
All is loss
all is flashing by
and I like it so.

All is gone
is a snapshot
like a train seen between
two houses
a small piece
at a time.
Like a house
we see from the train
a light through the
fading in the dark.

All is say hello
say goodbye
I thank and forgive you
with my first hand
Do I build?
Sure, but soft:
a tent in the desert
one more page
in the scrapbook
of dreams.

copyright 2015 Toti O'Brien