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Summer 2014: Poetry

Even in February Every Woman Wants to Be a Feast

The year dampness trumped the will of the sun.
The year apple trees he thought barren
clung to the last of their fat fruit.
The year even weaker branches
had purpose as kindling. That year,
he received Jesus.

When the snow reached the window
he sank into the bathtub water
as if he were the source of thaw.
Every bird, every cloud,
perfect, known.

On the mountain there was no room
for confusion, uncertainty, misstep.
He faced the hill to church as mountain goat,
even in rain, ice. He bent to the task
of vegetable picking and cotton,
though the bag was wider
than his slight body.

And when the coffer was empty
and his mother cried at the kitchen table,
he offered his saltiest tears to the snow.
Optimism feasted on his heart.
He was taught prayers to outlast darkness:
gather, save, hope.

Late winter, he lay beside me, finally
searching for the heat off my body
as the snow fell unending.
I was a field, ground stiffening with cold.
He was not the supple light.

Years of him unwilling to lie
in my hips bright grass
made me his apple tree
succumbing to cold.

Even metaphor failed us.

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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