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Summer 2013: Poetry

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The poet Rita Dove describes poetry as “language at its most distilled and most powerful.” We’d like to believe that poetry is also life at its most distilled and most powerful.

For each issue of our journal, we look for poems which show strength, not just in their poetic qualities – strong use of meter, clever allusions, metaphors and use of alliteration – but also in their strength of character and story. We rejoice over the stories we don’t hear often, and the stories that are heard often but are suddenly told from a very different perspective.

The poems in this issue are life distilled and powerful as they take us on journeys to local and distant places, landscapes familiar and foreign. They are life shared with brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and mothers. They are life lived when love has hurt us and when love has healed us. They are parts of life we are told not to talk about and parts of life that we can only write about. Familiars such as the Chinese dragon, the elephant and the hawk moth seamlessly weave themselves into this collection along side old churches, cars and the occasional tree. In these poems, life is shared in many shapes and forms.

It was an honor and privilege to be entrusted with so many amazing poems.We hope they touch your life as they have touched ours.

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Rich, strong, poignant, humorous and inspiring. We’ve caught twenty never-before-published poems by sixteen unique voices.


Seven talented women search for themselves in their bodies, their family, themselves.


Established dynamos and aspiring voices add colorful visions to our third issue.

Young Voices

Language leaps off the page in the poetry and prose of five young authors who delight in sensory detail.


Meet the authors and artists who make this Summer 2013 edition a rich, varied and engaging experience.

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        Abandoned Church by Tanya Jarvik

        Commencement by Kelly Running

        Depoe Bay by Wendy Thompson

        Directive by Cristina White

        Hawk Moth by Wendy Thompson

        How to Recycle Love Letters by Jennifer Dorner

        I Swapped a '74 Mustang for This by Jennifer Fulford

        Polaroid of My Mother by Cindy Stewart-Rinier

        Lover, Molester, and Maidens (Haibun) by Margaret Chula

        Savory by Pat Phillips West

        Seascape by Marjorie Power

        Suspended by Grace Kuhns

        The Hand-Off by Pattie Palmer-Baker

        The Ride by Linda Ferguson

        The Ticking Shirt by Tricia Knoll

        Three Facts about Sperm by Ursula Whitcher

        Three True Stories by Penelope Scambly Schott

        Today at the Library by Pat Phillips West

        Trapped Birds by Grace Kuhns

        You, who will be alive and reading after I'm gone by Penelope Scambly Schott


        After the World Ends by Kait Heacock

        Something Permanent by Ashley-Renée Cribbins

        Your Hand at Your Throat by Karen Guth

        Black Sharpie by Anne Gudger

        Diagnosis by Helen Sinoradzki

        For He's a Jolly Good Fellow by Laura Stanfill

        Breathing Underwater by Valerie Wagner


        Unity by Anne John

        Rearguard by Anne John

        Speculation by Anne John

        Wire by Jocelyn White

        Taitian Trio by Nani Chesire

        Catch Your Breath by Nani Chesire


        We Will Read to You by Rebecca Cleveland-Stout

        Strawberry Party by Natalie Lerner

        A Young Night by Clara Beaumont

        Beach Wanderer by Isabella Waldron

        Light and Dark by Colette Au