Issue 8
March 2024


Editors’ Note


Dear RPP Readers,

As you enjoy the spring and early summer of 2024, we welcome you to the latest issue of RockPaperPoem!

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We are again thrilled to present in Issue 8 a wonderful array of poems from an excellent line-up of poets. Returning to RPP are Micki Blenkush, Charity Everitt, and David B. Prather with lovely poems about people in checkout lines, aging, and dust, respectively! Joining them are a dozen more fine poets like Merrill Oliver Douglas and her poignant images about clothes, UK-resident Julie Didcock-Williams’ poem of the humanity in crocheting, Matthew Gilbert’s meditation on loss, and many more.

We hope you will find a few minutes in your day to enjoy these poems as much as we do!

All our best to you,

RPP Editors


Image Credits:

Out of the blue - Tudeley, All Saints Church: Marc Chagall south chancel window (left) Image Author: cc-by-sa/2.0 ©Michael Garlick -
Elegy with Red Lace and Birds - Woman wearing a red gown. Photo by Becerra Govea Photo from Pexels:
Resistance - Image Author: Venus de Milo by Stephanie Klepacki, edited by Deborah Goschy.
Three Out of Five Ain’t Bad - Study of Angel's Hand for "Mercy's Dream" (1857) by Daniel Huntington. Original from The Smithsonian. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel. Edited by Deborah Goschy.
Man, Revised - Older man's hands that are crossed. CC0 Public Domain.
Holes - A Woman in Blue Knitted Sweater Holding a White Yarn. Image Author: Miriam Alonso
I Want - A glass of vodka (or other clear liquid). Image Author: 2happy
Siren for Somebody Else - Wait and Worry by Deborah Goschy
Photo 1 (emergency lights) by Karen - CC BY 2.0 Deed, Attribution 2.0 Generic
Photo 2 (woman holding her head in her hand) CC0 Public Domain
In a Span of Minutes - Waiting lines in a Walmart. Image Author: Tom Arthur CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Deed, Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.
Alma - Couple Walking in the evening.
Putting Clothes Away - Person Folding Pants on a Stool. Image Author: PNW Production
Night of Ravens - Flock of raven during stratocumulus clouds. Image Author: unknown
Forecast - The Case of the Haunted Plastic Bag. © Deborah Goschy.
How to write a loss poem - Image of an origami heart. Image Author: Valentine CC BY-SA 2.0 Deed Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.
The Next Stage of Grief - A Rocky Beach in Waterville, Ireland. © Deborah Goschy.
Uncommon Dust - “Broom, Dust, and Memory” Composite Photo by Deborah Goschy
Photo 1 "Broom on Wood" by Bob Jagendorf
Photo 2 "Smiling Woman" by Andrea Placquadio
Photo 3 "Family Dinner" by Ksenia Chernaya