PE - disintegration (final)


Along the shore the seagulls break formation,
dive like kamikazes
scrape the water’s tip
furrow wave tops
then loop skyward sun-masked
dimly conspicuous as ·ghosts.


About the Author: Richard Pacheco is an award-winning playwright, poet, artist, journalist, filmmaker and educator. He was a finalist in the grant competition in playwrighting for the Massachusetts Artists Foundation (1976) and recipient of an ARTA (American Regional Theatre Award) best new play award in 1986. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Playwright’s Platform. His plays have received staged readings and performances at Culture Park and other venues. He won the best actor Award from the New England Russian Plays festival performed at Boston Playwrights Theatre. He has acted in over 30 plays and in film and television as well. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and member of the local (New England Board). He holds a BFA in painting and an MFA in art education/printmaking from U. Mass. Dartmouth. He lives in New Bedford, His poetry book, Geography, was nominated for a 2015 Pulitzer Prize in poetry.

Artwork: Paul Ebenkamp is author of The Louder the Room the Darker the Screen (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015), “Four Colors for the Based God” (The Equalizer: Second Series, 2014), “Seizured in the Ease” (Mondo Bummer, 2013), and everything at, and is editor of a few books including Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (Counterpoint, 2014) and Particulars of Place by Richard O. Moore (Omnidawn, 2015). With Andrew Kenower he curates the Woolsey Heights reading series, and with strings and devices makes music as Position.