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Summer 2013: Poetry


This graduation day my son wears no cap and gown.
He wears prison issue blues
and his felony in life
brings an apostrophe of family together.
Rows of chairs spill over blue-clad
inmates’ hard faces –
their shaved expressions
like miniature Mount Rushmores
that show the heroin,
the meth, the toxic relationships
of their lives.
My son, Christmas present to me,
brought to life with a hefty cry,
in his denim uniform blues
as he winks and flirts at his freedom
like a moth to an incandescent light.
I stand at the podium and speak of hope
and second chances.
Months later I see him at the Starbucks
across from the downtown Italian restaurant,
and I don’t recognize him.
His posture and face grown old,
I offer him a meal at the Virginia Café.
Inside the restaurant through wet panes of glass,
I see the silhouettes of rain-soaked trees
that remind me of the sea of blue,
inmates reaching toward freedom’s light,
dreaming of release –
life’s castaways –
moths caught in their own flames.

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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