Best of The Agora

Volume 4 of The Agora, the literary journal created by and for PLATO members, was published in the fall of 2015.  Every member household was sent a copy.  Here are some selections from Volume 4 and previous volumes for you to enjoy.

Preparations for Volume 5, to be published in the fall of 2017, are now under way.  PLATO members are invited to submit original works of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and the visual arts, including sculpture and photography, for consideration for inclusion in Volume 5.  Submissions are due by February 1st of 2017. Submission Guidelines are available on the website, or by contacting Louise in the PLATO Office.  The Agora is a juried publication; selections will be announced in March of 2017.

We will continue to feature selections from the current and past volumes of The Agora throughout the year, so check back frequently to see more of the creative work of your fellow PLATO members.


A Conversation

by Janet Hays, The Agora, Vol. 4


As they walked along the wall,
     The father said, “do you think we could build one better than this?”

The son said, “yes, I think we can.” 
     “But we will have to start yesterday.”

 “Why yesterday?” said the father who was noticing some of the stones making
     this wall were crumbling or broken.

 “Because some of our dreams have been broken too, and if we start earlier than
     today, our stories can be whole and perfect and complete,”

     said the son.

 “But only if we are very careful and use perfect judgment in our stone selection,”
     the son went on.

 “Only if we make no mistakes,” the father added.

 “Well then, since we can’t be perfect, meet me tomorrow,
     and we will build a better wall using yesterday’s mended stones.”

Imaginary Landscape  By Mary Morgan The Agora Vol. 3



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