Summer 2013: Poetry
The Ticking Shirt
by Tricia Knoll
My mother never met a horse she liked, never a soft touch to ear or blow in the nose kind of like. She didn’t mind having her picture taken next to a horse if a strong man held the reins. She wore her blue-and-white striped shirt with pearl-snap buttons as a foil and twin to my father’s cowboy. She smiled for a photo, a demure lift of lip switched on, down pat for a sorority beauty queen. He led his kids’ light cavalry through Rocky Mountain streams while she rested at the dude ranch, painting cherry nails, sunbathing in coconut oil until four, meeting her dusty family at the barn, pretender westerner. After sixty years, the shirt’s cuffs are frayed, grime at the seams, around the collar. I’ve used it for half that time gardening, the pearly-white snaps clicking me in. Once a time bomb in my closet, a reminder it’s my mother’s subtle frowns beyond the camera lens. I was no pretender, the horse-crazy girl loving every horse I ever smelled or touched. After all these years, I accept that shirt fits me as it once fit her, snug at the breast, firm at the wrist, dirtier with the years I saved it. Tick. Tick.
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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