from the archives of Ten Penny Players

Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream

38 Years of Publication
1979 - 2017

Volume 32
2011-12 themes were lines excerpted from poems

James Penha. 

James Penha edits the online Magazine, The New Verse News, presenting "politically progressive poetry on current events and topical issues." 
His work on the web, books of poetry, and writing on curriculum design may be accessed at his website, James Penha's Pages
He has taught creative writing and literature for over 40 years in the U.S. and Asia. 
His work has appeared in Waterways since August, 1982.

volume 32 no 1
"I've had a life," she said
and smiled, satisfied.

volume 32 no 2
Wasps thrive on the porch
of my parents.  They are
allowed to be
who they are:
to nest;
to fly.

volume 32 no 3
And when behind me
                         the door closes

volume 32 no 4
The camera
does not lie
but I must

volume 32 no 5
Silence is
way it smells
like rain

volume 32 no 6
They had heard how harmony feels
in the skin,

volume 32 no 7
Tiny trunks are curious twigs to the gray timbers
portaging great bellies back
silently in to the bush
with the breeze.

volume 32 no 8
A history of water, color, and oil
I am this fossil old as time.

volume 32 no 9The moon inhales
tonight -- inspiration in reverse:
it sucks the soul
from the shore and the field
from the grass, the cypress

volume 32 no 10 Morning
incensed, inhaled.
Joss sticks smolder --
ashen dawn's dragon dreams

volume 32 no 11
At the bird market
we sang our songs and saw who harmonized