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Paradidomi 2

Paradidomi 2

Paper, perfect bound, 92 pp
$5 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-25-4

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Paradidomi 2

A semi-annual literary magazine of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and reviews.


  • Daniel Crocker
  • M.L. Liebler
  • Skip Renker
  • Kristen Garcia
  • Leigh Grant
  • Theresa Rosado
  • Megan Michelle Ward
  • Larry Levy
  • Helen Raica-Klotz
  • Nancy Tolson
  • Judith Kerman
  • Patricia Wellingham-Jones
  • Pamela Miller
  • Melissa Seitz
  • Gerry LaFemina


  • Mary Ann Samyn
  • Dennis Hinrichsen

Short Fiction

  • Jeff Vande Zande
  • Laura Derocher


  • Michael Mosher
  • C. Vincent Samarco

Sifting the Visible – Skip Renker

Sifting the Visible - Skip Renker

Sifting the Visible – Skip Renker

Paper, saddlestitched, 36 pp
$6.50 plus s&h
1998, ISBN 0-932412-13-0

Skip Renker’s poems are grounded, quiet and elegant, reflecting the thoughtful, humorous and meditative style of the man himself.

Fierce Talisman
by Skip Renker

Sooner or later you will need me.
You’ll be lost. Unfamiliar
trees, thick waxy leaves, a sound
like crying when the wind
kicks up. Press your back
to a trunk. Hold me

to your face with a light
but firm grip, leave
the feathers free. Turn me around
three times. Your body
still stands, but that other
you enters me. Use my eyes,

black blossoms on short stalks,
to see with. Fly up
through the leaves, which close
around your wrists and ankles,
your neck. You must
push through their cries, until

you’re above the forest in the dark,
black wings beating in rhythm
with the movement of the stars.

…….    Read more about Sifting the Visible – Skip Renker