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Winter 2013: Poetry


Days grow longer, she finds her husband
wandering around a neighbor’s back yard
after dusk. I’m on my way to Boise, he says.
No mention this time about jumping out of a hatch
in the moon. She gets him home, tucks him in.
He grabs her hand, Do you understand
the importance of keeping death
on the left side of the bed?

Late summer, he leaves a forty dollar tip
for a lunch of half that amount. He reads
for thirty-six hours straight – Edison, Ford,
Lindberg, and Firestone – says, Hymens
and hymnals protect holy stuff
sweet to the ears and to the touch.

Days shorten, sun sits low in the sky. He declares,
I need to check my mushroom crop, crawls
under the bed. She locks the dead bolt,
hides the key. He finds it, opens the front
door, runs out naked in a rain storm, curls up
under a hydrangea bush. She takes his arm,
tries to pull him up from the muck.
He bites her hand.

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Enjoy the richness: thirteen poets, nineteen poems, and a diversity of style and craft.


Three memoirists share their emotional truths in these slices-of-life.


Our featured artist, as well as painters and photographers, provide colorful visions that will leave you seeing the world in new ways.

Young Voices

Three emerging writers share talent and creativity far beyond their years.


Learn more about the contributors who make us proud of our Winter 2013 edition.

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        A Convention of Ordinary Astophysicists Attends by Jodie Marion

        A Father's Love by Darlene Pagán

        Before Going to Murder by the Book, We Stop at Zell's by Carol Frischmann

        Decomposition by Pat Phillips West

        Dream by Jodie Marion

        Fishtail by Margaret Chula

        From the 7th Floor of Doernbecher Children's Hospital by Larina Warnock

        Inside the Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito, Ecuador by Stella Jeng Guillory

        Interview with My Mother by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez

        Mail Call by Darlene Pagán

        Midnight Choices by Kathryn Ridall

        My First Butcher by Barbara Drake

        On the Banks of the Indian River by Jodie Marion

        Placental Abruption by Larina Warnock

        Playboys by Andrea Hollander

        Saturday Visitation by Kelly Running

        The Blizzard of '78 by Darlene Pagán

        The Hundred Names of Love by Annie Lighthart

        The Old Life by Andrea Hollander


        Bennett's Outing by Julia Clark Salmon

        Whale by Lyssa Tall Anolik

        Wisdom Tree by Julie Rogers


        Man with Chicken by Anne John

        Ancient Abstract by Anne John

        Blowing Bubbles by Betty Joe Armstrong

        Stormscape by Jean Harkin

        Nick's Jays by Huon Quach

        Diptych by Huon Quach


        Different by Emily Boring

        Old Clock by Erin Blackburn

        Drink by Julien Signorini