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Summer 2013: Poetry


The oven set to 350 degrees, she sautés shallots
and white mushrooms, listens to tree frogs’
relentless chirping. Across the road
in the wetlands, trees brown and bare only the day before
now scatter-shot with pink and white blossoms.
She beats eggs, cream and milk,
rests the whisk against the side of the orange bowl.
Time does a lazy soft-shoe, she’s back in the sixties
with her older brother at that restaurant
where he ordered frog’s legs and went on and on,
dizzy from his daring choice. She told him,
For a no-nonsense, every-hair-in-place
bank manager, you must feel about as wild
as a naked, tripping hippie. He choked on his martini,
shook his finger side to side, electric-blue eyes watering.
She layers bread, spinach, sautéed items
in a Pyrex dish, covers with liquids, lets sit
for twenty minutes. Then sprinkles the strata
with coarsely shredded Fontina making a smiley face.
When he’d taken that first bite, he smiled
and raised his eyebrows, Tastes just like chicken, Sis.
Here try some. Took a long time to make him stop
introducing her as his baby sister. He was grown,
out of the house before she could remember.
Once he brought her Mexican jumping beans,
put them in a pie pan on top of the stove. She giggled
until he told her there were worms inside.
When he served in Korea, he sent aquamarine, kimono-style
pajamas that she hated to outgrow. Not long after
the frog-leg dinner, he walked her down the aisle
and just as she was getting to know him
he died of cancer at forty-four.
Listening to the non-stop chorus, she flips through
cookbooks, reads, Gather (while the sun is shining)
one gallon of dandelion blossoms. She earmarks
the wine recipe for a summer day
when she will dance barefoot on the lawn
toasting the memory of her brother.		

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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