Fall 2012: Poetry
Tell me about your family. We all have impeccable grammar. Where did you grow up? Under the dining room table with a white bed sheet for walls. Do you have any siblings? I dressed my sister in doll clothes. What is your first memory? Being scolded. What are you most afraid of? Being scolded. How many children do you have? A son. A daughter. Dozens of kids on the edge of the playground waiting for recess to end. Do you have any pets? The last dwarf elephant to survive on the island of Crete. Do you believe in God? Which god? I need a god who believes in me. Which is your favorite sin? Pride. I always aim high. Have you ever been arrested? To my shame, I have not. Tell me about your mother. She attended the school of discontent. And what about your dad? My father invented language. What languages do you speak? French, Spanish, Dog. What about English? I inhale and exhale it. How do you like your breakfast egg? In a Limoges china eggcup with a miniature silver spoon. Do you have a favorite color? Yes, but I can’t tell you which for fear of offending the others. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? That you care enough to ask me these questions. Are you telling the truth? No. Maybe.
Fourteen poets fill this section with mothers, daughters, sons; with dreams, promises, hauntings; with joy, pain and what lies in between.
I am a world creator ... . I am a voice finder. (S. H. Aeschliman, “On Voice”) Meet five prose writers who will guide you into unique worlds and invite you to hear their creative voices.
Three photographers and two painters make the pages of this journal sparkle with color, light, variety.
We are proud to introduce five emerging writers whose work shows a depth of talent and creativity that will delight you.
Here are the 27 authors and artists whose work make our first online issue so extraordinary.
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
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