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Winter 2013: Poetry

The Blizzard of '78

Nothing stopped a school day but a power outage
or a fever over 102˚, until that morning the snow
blows one polar stream up into another and we have
to dig trenches out the front door and climb out
on all fours into a desert that drifts for miles.

Winds whip powder up into miniature tornadoes.
When it stops, our voices stick in our ears
as if we’ve been sealed in a tomb. We hear
the deafening thud of a frozen apple

falling from a tree. Only from an upstairs window
can we see the farm houses shrunk in the distance.
My sister whines how she wants to go to school
to finish coloring in pictures of peonies.

My mother takes her hand. My father tugs
the window up, crawls into the frame, and whistles
before he leaps. Legs and arms spinning, he lands
with a grunt; it’s as close to a giggle as he gets.

Between the cornfields and horses, the trucks
and tractors, they hustle even to bed, eating supper
as if someone might steal their plates. Now, my father
lies in the snow like a prince. Mother tucks
her legs up and follows, her squeal a balloon leak.

The height makes me queasy but my sister climbs
the ledge and flies with her arms outstretched.
They catch her like a prize, these strangers,
waving me down, huddling together
as if for a portrait in a phony winter scene.

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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