Strong Brew by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] The multinational coffee giant tried to bury the union,grind it down before it could coalesce,percolating propaganda about valuing its underpaid and overworked partners,talking up sweeteners like complimentary streaming subscriptions.firing organizers and dragging out contract talks. But the ever-harried...

Farmers Market by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] Bored with the same-old, tried-and-true, tiredrotation of corn and soybeans every other year, burnt out from the constant stress and worryover drought or flooding or low yields or a market crash, the farmer cleared a little land for...

Coffee Shop by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] Dairy, soy, oat, cashew, almond, macadamia, rice, quinoa, coconut, hemp.The half-filled cartons were all splayed out at the edge of the cafe counterlike forlorn empties, fallen soldiers amid the detritus of an evening of drunken revelry. The stoop-shouldered...

A Siege of Herons by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] A siege of herons flaps ominously overhead,beating their broad wings against the cloud-scraped canvass of the pewter-blue sky. The primordial predators soar, scanning the clear waters below,their delicate plumage belying the deadliness of their harpoon-like beaks, the patience...

Preventive Medicine by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] An apple a day may keep the doctor away,but all fruit rots,inevitably, inexorably, intractably. The fleshy pulp shrivels and shrinks.The juicy meat turns bitter and rancid,whether the finite shelf life last a day or a week. [tabby title="Poet...