by Lee Clark Zumpe

Your brightest luminary,
having been temporarily ousted
from his station as the North Star,
joins Deneb and Altair,
pouting in the Summer Triangle.
Now, nightly,
airs from the harp of Orpheus
soothe sulking Vega.

Copyright © 2003, Lee Clark Zumpe
Lyra, the Lyre

Lyra, the Lyre
by Johannes Hevelius

Lee Clark Zumpe discovered long ago that using the written word to spin yarns and evoke emotions is both a challenging and a rewarding enterprise. The author's zeal for writing led him to college after several misspent years where he recently earned a Bachelor's Degree in Professional and Technical Writing. In his spare time, Lee is an avid reader of speculative fiction, and a confessed bibliomaniac with an ever-expanding private library.

Since his first sale to Nocturnal Lyric in 1992, more than 200 of Lee's short stories and poems have been published in magazines and anthologies in North America, England, and Australia. Most recently, his work appeared in the pages of Wicked Hollow, Lunatic Chameleon, and Voicings from the High Country. Look for Lee in upcoming issues of Star*Line, Weird Tales, and Mythic Delirium. In January 2003, Anxiety Publications published Lee’s first chapbook of poetry titled An Invisible Shimmer. Lee lives on the west coast of Florida with his wife, artist Tracey Potter Zumpe, and four feline muses purportedly descended from the cats of Ulthar. Visit Lee's website at:

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