Rain rushes through the gutter:
music on gentle metal,
Like pulling sound through a straw.
© 2016 Joanna Howard
J. Howard is a writer in the DC area where she coordinates A Splendid Wake and is the technology editor of the Potomac Review literary journal. She is a recent winner of the Moving Words competition in Arlington, Virginia. Her poems have appeared in MiPOesias, On Barcelona, Winners: A Retrospective of The Washington Prize, Whose Woods These Are: A journal of the Word Works residence at the Joaquin Miller Cabin, Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., from 1976 to 1983, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College. She has a short story forthcoming in the Grace and Gravity: Fiction by Washington Area Women series (Paycock Press), and in June will be the guest editor of the poetry e-magazine Truck. Currently, she teaches writing at Montgomery College.