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Fall 2012: Poetry

Personal Interview

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.

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Fourteen poets fill this section with mothers, daughters, sons; with dreams, promises, hauntings; with joy, pain and what lies in between.


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Three photographers and two painters make the pages of this journal sparkle with color, light, variety.

Young Voices

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.

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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