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Winter 2013: Poetry

Mail Call

According to the postmark, the Messiah
has been in Tampa all these years, promising
to reveal His personal message of salvation
if only I’d send money. The paper looks
more like a party invitation, the block
letters shimmering in neon blue and yellow
above an illegible signature in green ink.

Meanwhile, my uncle’s letter from prison
is lined and covered in brown splotches
that carry the faint scent of sour milk.
Unlike the Messiah, my uncle can
not spell, and he is not happy with any
amount I can spare. He wants $57.99
to buy gym shoes after his were stolen.

He needs a sponsor too when he gets out
in a month and stamps so he can write
to any other relative whose address I would
kindly forward. He tells me, I don’t diserve
this crap shit. I’m not like these poeple guys.
And, You don’t have to write back, just let me
know you got this. I haven’t seen my uncle

in ten years since he left with my babysitting
money to get gas, after promising to teach me
how to drive a snowmobile. I’d turned
eighteen, and born again that Sunday
for a second time. These letters have chased
me for years. At least the Messiah includes
an envelope I can reuse with a stamp
of the Virgin with open arms, looking

down serenely at the address, above which
the text warns: Now is the time to be saved!!
My uncle swears he can save himself
if someone somewhere would just give him
the chance. He promises to look at the knock
in my engine too when he’s back in town.

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


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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