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Winter 2013: Young Voices

Old Clock

The clock has the face of an owl and a nose like a needle.
Crusted with rust, it waits for something to tell.
Time cannot be told anymore, for the age of age has wrung the clock dry
with old wooden boards and the swinging piece that swings no more,
taunted by zebras with uncountable stripes across the mahogany
and fields and oceans, everything that is not a clock,
for the clock has stopped.
Its slow winders, old and twisted. Its glass shield cracked.
Its wood chipped and insects have found refuge
in the clock that swings in stop-time,
with a spidery finger that used to know when,
but lost memory of now long ago,
when it used to twist around and kiss the hour
and brush by the minute each time.
The spidery hand is alone now,
resting on an old seven,
far from the nine who hangs in dead company.
Time has stopped.
The old clock is broken.
It misses the old old carpet and staring at the wall.

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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