Summer 2013: Poetry
Today at the Library
I stumble upon a poetry reading on the second floor mezzanine. The coordinator hands me a flyer as Jimmy Santiago Baca takes the stage – wide steps, almost a swagger. I skim his bio: abandoned at age two, raised briefly by grandparents then sent to an orphanage. A runaway at thirteen, zipping in and out of trouble. Prison’s where he first learned to read. Shaken by the voices of Neruda and Lorca he started writing. I lean against the back wall, watch his full, sensual lips curl into a smile, almost smirk. I feel like a co-conspirator. He clears his throat, scans the room with laser-blue eyes. Poetry saved my life. He reads a poem about giving away everything he has, the line, I love you, repeats three times. I listen to his sweet, soul-filled voice. My eyes close and here’s where it all silks down. A steamy jazz club. Swaying to the music, his hand on my skin. I lean into him. Jimmy, the taste of his name on my tongue . . . There’s an explosion of woo-hoos, whistles, applause. I open my eyes. He steps from behind the podium, laughs like a full winter moon if it took a mind to have a good guffaw.
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