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Summer 2014: Poetry


Your paint-stained hoodie still hangs in our closet
your ashes rest on the shrine of your nightstand
locals come by asking to hold your asthma inhalers
cats sleep on your pillow next to my head
bread crusts from your last sandwich are under a glass dome
beer you were drinking when you died is in the fridge
some spilled on the bottom shelf and I refuse to clean it up ever
I won’t wash your dirty socks
I pray to your old hair ties
twisting the knotted hair strands with my thumb and index finger
chanting your nicknames
speaking in tongues when I think of the life we had
sweet saint of the working class carpenter big lug gentle giant
I pour whiskey on the ground and whisper your full name 27 times
Thomas Michael Palmer Thomas Michael Palmer Thomas Michael Palmer
I pace the floor waiting for you to come back
dress like you for Halloween
throw my hands up begging you to be my savior
deliver me from the absence of you
your nail clippings have been fashioned into a mobile
that hangs over my bed
I sleep in your underwear and large torn tee shirts
holding your truck keys
wake up to the sound of your voice
someday a stranger will find your sketch pad
and declare you a prophet
our apartment has become a stupa.

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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