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Sharon Gleason


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NORTH TONAWANDA – Do you still think comics are for kids? Think again. An enterprising couple found such success in their first endeavor – establishing Pulp 716 Coffee and Comics at 45 East Ave., Lockport, two years ago — that it’s just opened another shop of the same name at 31 Webster St., North Tonawanda. “People might think a comic book store would be filled w…

By Janet McNally The years are a starry river, too deep and bright to cross. Some stories I have to make up: your first girl and her blood spinning to rubies, beautiful and useless. Bad fairy singing songs into her seashell ear, wolf- fogged breath on her window. These stories come untrue when we tell them, transforming as words unspool …

You never know how the fall will be and what it will bring to you, what the dance of the leaves will do and what the colors will be. And so it keeps you interested, the spasmodic twists and turns of green in the wind and then the last gasps in bright glory. We come back to watch again and again, transfixed, as at Tyburn Tree, where at one moment there is life o…

The Mole Rat By John Nyman Maybe a poem for the cool of the bus in my hair, like the whole network of hidden bloodlines in clear eyes, or the air rattling under the stop-caller’s words. When a container empties completely, even slightness engorges it, fills out its corners again, a deep network of trust, tensile thin. The mole rat tunneling in the …

(For Kyle T.) By Nathanael William Stolte Sometimes I take the long way To see if you’re flying a sign Where the highway ends Begging for loose prayers From the traffic lights Impatient captives In front of the projects Across from the church The mayor goes to They installed rebar under The Michigan Street Bridge To banish the loathsome I used to visi…

By Magdalena Zurawski We decided I should go alone on foot. I would find him in the pharmacy. If he said ‘In the head of God all propositions have existed always,’ we would make the exchange. He was standing in front of the calamine lotion. He spoke to the air. I slipped the envelope into his pocket and bought a topical analgesic to av…

Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 P.M.: Opening reception for “Cid Corman in Collaboration,” an exhibition of material from the collection of Daniel Bratton and Carol Williams featuring works of art that were made in collaboration with the internationally acclaimed poet, editor and publisher Cid Corman. The show runs through Jan. 17, 2017. The Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall, Univ…

By Campbell McGrath If Socrates drank his portion of hemlock willingly, if the Appalachians have endured unending ages of erosion, if the wind can learn to read our minds and moonlight moonlight as a master pickpocket, surely we can contend with contentment as our commission. Deer in a stubble field, small birds dreaming unimaginable dreams in hollow trees, eve…

By George Grace Born and raised in a town divided more or less down the middle by a time zone my love living in a rent-by-the week motel fifty yards/one hour away from my bungalow has caused rifts when she was either one hour too late or I one hour too early and so we found a good couples counselor in her time zone though I must admit I have missed a fe…

Unnatural Acts By Anne Elezabeth Pluto Great, great, great grandfather you lie in ice layers of Russian winter, in sleep I travel miles countries by foot to reach the night of your grave in the Catholic part of the cemetery I dig through snow, ice, break my nails to scratch open the pine box cracked wooden ornament of tim…

 Sunday, 4 p.m.: Just Buffalo Writing Center Showcase Series reading featuring young writers Hemingway L. and  Jackie V. Just Buffalo Writing Center, second floor, 468 Washington St.    Monday, 6:30 p.m.: BABEL at Betty's: A book discussion of novelist Laila Lalami’s "The Moor’s Account" facilitated by Faizan Haq, the founder and publisher of WNYMuslims.org. A specialis…

Anniversaries

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Lojek of Lewiston celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an intimate dinner. Mr. Lojek and the former Marilyn C. Chrzanowski were married Aug. 20, 1966, in Holy Trinity Church in Niagara Falls. He is a retired sales representative for Skill Buick in Tonawanda. She is a retired elementary school principal for the Niagara Falls City School Distri…

A Poem for Two Old Lovers (2011) (in memory of Jean) By William A. Sylvester Do hooked up young people really live in the present? Or do they vibrate at the edge of what’s-about-to-be? In time “about to be” becomes “to be done” And “what’s about to be done” becomes shredded drifting diminishing yields to a tiny complex “when” and “now” thins out and slips int…

Sunday, 3 p.m.: Inner Ear Series reading featuring poets Fred Whitehead and Nicolas Eckerson. Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St. $3. Tuesday, 8 p.m.: Eleni Stecopoulos, author of “Visceral Poetics” (ON Contemporary Practice, 2016), “Daphnephoria” (Compline, 2012), and “Armies of Compassion” (Palm Press, 2010). Western New York Book Arts Center,468 Washington St. Wednesday, 7…