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Flyleaf
By
 Laszlo "Laz" Slomovits, Jennifer Burd & Michele Root-Bernstein

turned up

in the garden

his cremation tag

 

death cleaning

an old friendship ring  

 

rummage sale

with all my love

on the flyleaf

 

naming the baby

after grandma

 

fresh page

drafting a letter                                                                 

to her future self

 

remembrance tree

now a nurse log

Image by Amelia Bartlett

Laszlo “Laz” Slomovits (GeminiChildrensMusic.com) is one of the twin brothers in the children’s folk music duo, Gemini.  A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Laz has given concerts throughout the U.S. and a number of his award-winning songs are featured in songbooks music teachers use throughout the country.  In addition to his music for children, Laz has set to music and recorded the work of many poets, both ancient and contemporary. He has also had lyric poems and haiku published in a variety of print and on-line magazines.

Jennifer Burd (JenniferBurd.ink) is author of two full-length books of lyric poetry, a book of creative nonfiction, and two chapbooks, the most recent being Fringe, published in 2023 by Finishing Line Press. Burd has had lyric poetry and haiku published in a variety of print and online journals, as well as in the anthologies, Window Seats, Bird Whistle, and A Constellation of Kisses. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, is a certified forest therapy guide, and teaches writing online through The Loft Literary Center, in Minneapolis.

Michele Root-Bernstein devotes herself to haiku and assorted haikai arts, her work appearing in numerous journals and anthologies. She has served as co-editor of Frogpond; book review editor for Modern Haiku, and since 2016, facilitator for the Michigan-based Evergreen Haiku Study Group. Her e-chapbook Wind Rose, from Snapshot Press, earned an honorable mention from the Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards in 2022. Michele recently won The Snapshot Press Book Awards 2022 for her book length collection, the upcoming Plainsong.

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