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Summer 2014: Poetry

Summer, When Green Turns

Hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk,
            the grownups say, their weeping
                        cocktail glasses in hand,
their measure of heat meant to impress.
            Craving glamour, my parents dance
                        through the summer of ’64
at Nat Park where Tommy Dorsey plays,
            Dad in his sports coat, Mom
                        in her blue dress and matching
stiletto shoes, while we teeter on the fence
            between excitement & danger.
                        We play barefoot kick the can
at dusk – one eye out for whoever’s it,
            the other for the neighbor boy
                        who gives us the creeps – 
then pile into the living room in time to watch
            Hitchcock’s shadow step into
                        his nine-stroke caricature.
There, we imbibe the blue light of black & white,
            of sexuality served up with a violent twist,
                        preferring its fictions over the real
suspense of not knowing whether Dad’s drunk will be
              jolly or careen like shadows in a funhouse ride,
                         fill the night with shrieks & screams.
By day, we squat at the end of the driveway,
            stirring puddles of oil spewed onto
                        Assembly Street by road crews,
our heads filling with clouds of volatile
            organic compounds while we watch the woods
                        across the street, where Ponderosas
drop their rust needles, their cones. Where tear-shaped
             pitch seeps. Where, four years earlier,
                        police found the murdered nine-year-old

body of Candy Rogers at the bottom of the old quarry
             under a blanket of pine duff
                         as if asleep.

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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