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Summer 2013: Young Voices

Strawberry Party

The dirt is hard and cracked, dust crumbling under my knees
And floating in the hot air. The sky is already bright blue.
My hands are full of strawberries, misshapen red blooms,
Full of the flavor of summer.
The juice runs down my chin, pink tracks dribbled down my shirt
And my brother’s. Our hands are stained too, little red scraps under our fingernails
As we rise from the dust, cardboard flats weighed down with heaps of Shuksan variety berries
Because those are the best kind.
Seven and a half pounds, says the little white scale in the booth,
And after that eight pounds and then seven and a quarter and then I lose track
Of all the boxes we are bringing home.
Piled in the blue van, my dad and brother and Lee and Terri Jo and Larry and me,
We listen to “Strawberry Fields Forever”
And smell the hot, sweet perfume of fresh-picked berries.

At home, the green of the grass and the foxglove and the mimosa tree is overwhelming,
Echoed by the celadon tablecloths covering the cheap rented tables,
Those same ones we get every year.
My brother runs through the backyard, hands full of empty water balloons,
Yelling about trying to fill one with jell-o.
Standing in the kitchen, my mouth is full of berries,
Each one bursting with sun and joy and June.
Crimson juice is everywhere, pooled in the cracks between the countertop tiles
And staining the sink basin, and
Sticky pink fingerprints speckle the white cupboards.
Red and yellow and sunlight wash over me and I breath in summer
Because this is happiness
To be surrounded by strawberries.

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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 Maindens (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