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Fall 2012: Young Voices

No Parking

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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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.

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