Summer 2013: Young Voices
Poetry by Natalie Lerner
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.
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 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