IX: Poetry by Richard King Perkins II & Photography by Jessica Schroer-Smalley, 2


Nimbus of Night

Lost outlines—

a wall
taken by darkness

heaviest ether

upon beech tree

by cold
lake breeze

nimbus of night

with the dying
soft coin

of moon.


Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie, and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications including Hawai’i Review, The Louisiana Review, Plainsongs, Texas Review, The Red Cedar Review, Roanoke Review, and The William and Mary Review. His poem “Grease Poet” was a recent prize winner of the Woodrow Hall award for enduring excellence in poetry.

Jessica Schroer-Smalley is a photographer from Shelton, CT. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including 11 seconds before the rain, The Adroit Journal, and Vogue. To learn more about Jessica’s photography and also view more of her diverse portfolio, please visit her site, it’s a small world, at www.jescamoon.com.


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