Summer 2013: Poetry
Polaroid of My Mother
There you are in your coral-colored pantsuit, 1972, though your spray-stiffened hair holds something of the ’60s Sophia Loren glamour as you knead the bread dough from which your eyes have momentarily risen. Your mouth is a candid startle, slightly open, perhaps on its way to Don’t! or No! Your deflection a reflex. You leveraged weight into the heels of your palms, pushed the pale belly of dough into itself and away. The rhythm of roll, fold, turn, roll, fold, turn, movement and reposition a pattern, a practice. I’ve never forgotten the thing you told me later that day, long after the camera came down to hang slack by its strap at my side. I wanted to know if you were all right in the aftermath of your latest fight with my step-dad. You lifted the tea towel from the top of the bowl, punched down the doubled dough, the air escaping like a thousand exhalations. The madder you are, you said, the better the bread.
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