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Summer 2013: Young Voices

Beach Wanderer

              I have been walking on a beach,
Pleasantly lost somewhere on the coast.
As warm sand weaves itself between my toes,
And the sun stretches lazily across my back.
I have found myself hypnotized by the lure of the bright blue waves,
Calling to me before turning to liquid crystal as they pool around my feet.
I have wandered for miles on sand
Before the soft grain sinks beneath my feet,
Trying to be light as the stray seagull feather that falls.
I have been where the din of people shouting and seagulls crying and the ocean’s call calms me.
I have found a seashell,
Flecked with sand, like the black freckles on my cat’s nose.
And considered bringing it home
In a paint-flaked, salt scented, red bucket,
Before returning that shell carefully to its bed of sand.
I have seen the ocean grow angry and toss in its sleep,
Growing dark and cold and unknown to any.
I have seen the ocean tease,
As it comes feet away from the edge of the shore
And then pulls away,
Giddy with its deceit.
I have gone dancing with the ocean’s foam.
The foam that clings tenderly to the shore.
I have seen the ocean relax at last,
Opening its languid arms,
Inviting all beach wanderers
To run into the tepid water.
They run with a fervor.
For they too have been walking on a beach,
And found the ocean alive.

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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