Summer 2013: Poetry
Prejudice deprives me of my due: denizen of the cloth herald of death robber of souls seduced by flames that is all you know of me. Oh, and that I am ugly and hairy. Even those two who just spied me sucking from honeysuckle tubes … “What is it?” they ask. “See how it hovers, its wings beating up a breeze? It must be a hummingbird,” they insist. But I am not and I am no less for that. Prejudice deprives me of my due. I am often overlooked – the stubby brown cousin to monarchs and mariposas – even in death, with radiant wings pinned, they maintain a mounted beauty. And unlike my luminous sister Luna, I fly by day and I am drawn to nectar, not the flame – honeycomb more likely the death of me than the romantic sputter and hiss of candlelight. I am not the social butterfly, the healing Band-Aid, or the eyelash kiss. I am not the swimming stroke, the yoga pose, or even the embroidery stitch. I am the hawk moth, carrier of your dreams. I fly at dizzying rates of speed, the soulful guardian of eternity.
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.
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.
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
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