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.
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