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Winter 2013: Poetry

Interview with My Mother

Just two things:
Loving and feeling loved.
What really matters?

Growing up on the ranch.
All the nights we listened
to my sister Hilda’s stories.
We didn’t have TV then.
She used to keep us in suspense –
until the day she became a bookkeeper
and stopped being the keeper of our stories.
What do you remember?

The jokes Tony played on me –
when he took the clean white sheets
off the clothes line and rattled my window
dressed like Casper. I screamed and ran
to Mother. Immediately she suspected
the culprit: “¿Dónde está Toño?”
What still makes you laugh?

Not finishing school.
Not learning how to cry.
What do you regret?

How to forgive: give it time.
What did you learn from your father?

Faithfulness. And having faith.
What did you learn from your mother?

You don’t know when to quit.
What did I learn from you?

Hilda visits me. Now that she’s dead,
she wants me to finish telling her stories.
Why can’t you sleep?

Just one thing: anti-wrinkle cream.
What would you like to take with you?

She laughs uncontrollably.
I join her, unable to contain myself.
What would you like to leave behind?

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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