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Summer 2014: Poetry


for my mother, July 1, 1936 – April 6, 2013
It is time for winter swell
to pull back and crest
into one perfect
wave of understanding
between us, the way tide
understands the moon,
the way you knew
when to add more limu
to the poke,
when the first honohono
orchid would bloom.

It is time you told me
about your sister Marilyn,
her years in the institution.
About your red tricycle
circling and circling
the flat driveway
of your childhood home
after the deputy told your mother
that electroshock had cauterized
the wound of your sister’s mind
and stilled her heart.

Time’s puzzle is how to fit
your ocean
into my thimble.
Being not seen and not heard
let me skulk
like a thief around
corners, behind
walls, collecting
enough snippets to set
the razor-straight edges
of your thousand-piece life.

Winter swell honors no time,
gives no quarter to my dog paddle
through undertow,
between the jagged ʻaʻā rocks,
to shore’s sun-bleached sand
where you wait, warm towel in hand
for my shivering body.
It is time to puzzle why
you never swam out to meet
me. Why, when I was the one
being swept under, you,
feet firmly planted
on shore’s warm sand,
were the one who needed

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        Out of Eden by Melanie Green

        Under the Tongue by Cindy Stewart-Rinier

        it wasn’t the rain by Ann Sinclair

        And the King Was in the Counting House by Geraldine Foote

        Aurelia Aurita: Moon Jelly by Lois Rosen

        What Cape Alava Was Like Then by Linda Strever

        ʻAʻā by Burky Achilles

        Still Life With Cabbage by Margaret Chula

        Mother of the Drowned Child by Penelope Scambly Schott

        Summer, When Green Turns by Cindy Stewart-Rinier

        Relic by Jennifer Foreman

        From the yes column of “is there a god?” checklist by Jennifer Foreman

        Binders Full of Women by Shawn Aveningo

        Even in February Every Woman Wants to Be a Feast by Claudia Savage

        Weddings I Have Ruined by Tanya Jarvik

        Thicker Than Water by Claudia Savage

        Weekend Wayfarers by Elizabeth Stoessl

        Wordscape by Tanya Jarvik

        Talking Herself into Onward by Melanie Green


        Tribes by Thea Constantine

        Carnage by Heidi Beierle

        Owyhee Barbie by Marylynne Diggs

        Permeable Divide by Kamala Bremer

        Pepper Anderson Meets the Amazon by Linda Ferguson

        The Day I Stopped Typing by Kate Comings


        Brooke by Oriana Lewton-Leopold

        Elizabeth by Oriana Lewton-Leopold

        Silence Considered by Carole Murphy

        The Egg Sisters by Carole Murphy

        Garden Gate by Koka Filipovic

        Purple Shade in the Garden by Koka Filipovic

        Untitled with a Flamingo by Amy Robinson

        It's My Party by Amy Robinson


        A Work of Art by Leilani Garcia

        What the Bees Did to Me by Colette Au

        Things I never said by Molly Benson

        Wabi-Sabi by Janet Webster

        Foresters by Sophia Mautz