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Fall 2012: Poetry


The sign said W LL W SPR GS,
a nod to the muddy creek bed
where autumn leaves
floated like dead spiders,
bellies and legs to the moon.
It was the only hotel in town
that tolerated dogs –
with a pet deposit
management turned a blind eye
to its balding carpets.

At ten past, the street lights
cast parabolas
in the littered parking lot.
My daughter slept in the back
folded like an origami bloom,
dreaming dragons and fireflies.
Our collie had chewed through
the Mercedes floor mats
until bits of rug clung to her fur
like dandelion seeds.

There was a battered card stuck
to the office desk, tape curling:
My daughter yawned her way
into 315 C, her hair matted
on the left side, skirting the rain
channeled by a broken gutter.
Boys slouched with hoods
pulled over ball caps,
and watched her.
Their cigarettes made scarlet
A’s in the dark.

In the night, I counted the freckled
constellations on her back.
I thought long about what leads women
with unerring aim
towards the inhospitable;
no faith withstands it.
My daughter slept
folded into sharp corners;
she dreamt that hope fragments.
The rising sun kindled the scales
of dragons still gathered outside.

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        To the Friend Who Talked Me Down by Amy Schutzer

        Memorial Day on South Greeley Avenue by Penelope Scambly Schott

        Lost Rubies by Deborah Brink Wöhrmann

        Everything between your palms by Jaime R. Wood

        315C by Kristen Roedell

        In 4th Grade, Sally Teaches Me the Bases by Betsy Fogelman Tighe

        Swan Song by Jaime R. Wood

        We by Carrie Padian

        The Supplicant by Emily Pittman Newberry

        Jailhouse Call by Kelly Running

        spoon by Brandi Katherine Herrera

        my in mind ungrammared kiss by Melanie Green

        Beyond Reach by Leah Stensen

        You must give up your dead by Kristin Roedell

        Tree Ghosts by Tricia Knoll

        Personal Interview by Penelope Scambly Schott

        Fairy Tale I Haven't Read Yet by Donna Prinzmetal


        One Small Thing Right by Nicole Rosevear

        How Mom Played Sad by Sally K. Lehman

        Running with Dragons by Trista Cornelius

        High Priest by Robin Schauffler

        On Voice by S.H. Aeschliman


        Lush iii by Tina Tran

        The Commuter by Denise Hrouda

        Which Witch by Denise Hrouda

        The Center of Two by Jolyn Fry

        A Knot Unties by Jolyn Fry


        weight bags by Calli Storrs

        No Parking by Frances Bringloe

        Falling in Love by Chaquita McClendon

        Go On Then, Gunslinger by Allison Stein

        Fishing Float by Sage Freeburg