Sandy Hiss

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Sandy Hiss Benitez has been published in over 45 poetry journals, both print and electronic. Her first book of poetry, Ever Violet, was published in April 2007 and is available for purchase at http: // She also has 2 chapbooks of poetry, Beneath a Black Pearl Sky and Petal Storm at
She was nominated for Best of the Net,2006. more »

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Best Poem of Sandy Hiss

The Burden Of Charisma

I watch him pull in hearts
like a fisherman harnessing his net
of fresh fish. His charisma
seems effortless.

Did he choose that tie himself?
The answer is in his wife's smile.
She takes a bite of rich dark chocolate
to congratulate herself.

The guests gather round as he recites
his poetry in French. Stiff as his
collar, demeanor elegant yet cool.
He feels the languid drip of sweat
beneath his armpits. Smiles nervously,
wondering if anyone can see the wet

How long can this madness go on?
His voice continues to speak, ...

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