Fall 2012: Young Voices
Poetry by Frances Bringloe
The green is speaking. It has prepared a poem in a language I'll never understand, though I know rhyme when I hear it. I'm leaning in to catch a word – when red interrupts. It’s a strip of red, like the one line in the kind of painting my friends all hate. This is modern art. It speaks of the present, not the past. I get this language. I'm well-versed in red. Red means alarm, and destruction, and heat. I sit back to listen, but the white words don't let it finish a sentence. White against red isn't a matter of study. Of course I know it. It means stop, and warnings, and orders. If we forgot white against red, we'd all be lost. The green mutters to itself. It's still dwelling on those few words the red snatched away. Red just stands in silent defiance of the white. And there, front and center, the white stands, screaming for attention.
No parking. One may walk by red, and one may drive by red, but one may not park there, for fear of consequences. Just keep moving, white says. It'll all be okay in the end. There's no way to know that, but sometimes it's nice to believe. I lift my feet and start across the Quad to Eton Hall.
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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