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Winter 2013: Poetry

The Old Life

How almost easy it was to live
even with disappointment. If a boy
didn’t phone or if he did and his voice was filled
with obligation, unmistakable as the residue
of flour left on my mother’s breadboard,
I could bear it. And when suddenly only
other girls’ bodies changed their lives
the way Cinderella’s fairy godmother
transformed hers, though longing and envy
entered my own life, still it wasn’t so difficult
to be patient. Downstairs in my mother’s kitchen
I could count on the yeasty smell of dough
and my mother’s experience in boy things.
Or there were dishes to do, a floor to be swept,
the pleasant necessity of usefulness.
If that didn’t help, I could enter
my father’s oak-lined study with its many books
and their soundless wisdom I believed echoed
my father’s voice and his leather chair that echoed
the shape of his body. Sometimes I would sit there
in the quiet of that room as though I were already
a woman, wise and on my own, someone
experienced, who knew how to dole out
the particulars of justice to imaginary children
without altering my day’s routine. How much better
my new life would be, how finally complete
and comfortable and on the other side of complication.

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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