Dark Feast by Martina Reisz Newberry



Martina Reisz Newberry’s newest collection, Blues for French Roast with Chicory is available from Deerbrook Editions.  She is the author of six books. Her work has been widely published in literary magazines and journals in the U.S. and abroad. She lives in her much-beloved city, Los Angeles, with her husband, Brian Newberry, a Media Creative. 






















Dark Feast














A banquet: hot dishes

of disappointment,

cold desserts of rage

and revenge.


Where shall we eat this dark feast?

Forked lightning,

small flat stones,

shards from broken mirrors—

these are utensils.


We can only feed ourselves, you know.

There are no “take home”

receptacles to refrigerate,

to pack up later

in brown bags

to feed the hungry

and homeless.


Sunset shows us

bruised clouds and

a bleeding atmosphere,

untrustworthy signs

that there will be a tomorrow.



Martina Reisz Newberry