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Summer 2014: Young Voices


I remember hearing the crackle of your boots
                  hitting the bodies of charred logs,
                                    splitting open wild bones.

I could try, but my feet were big as leaves then
                  and I had little effect, though one day I’d come back
                                    without you and I would split open too.

You fingered the Indian paintbrush
                  and tried to find flowers
                                    I didn’t already know.

I remember hearing the Aspen trees breathe as they
                  arched over us like frozen fingers
                                    and we got tangled in the deepness.

While I pulled at the purple children of blackberry bushes,
                  you cut mushrooms from the rainy ground for grandma’s soup
                                    and told me not to wander too far, handing me a tin bucket
                                                      .to fill with whatever beauty I could scrounge.

Standing here ten years later, I remember your brown hand,
                  speckled short nails. I remember the flowers –
                                    filmy and breakable.

Now I’ve replaced the rain in watering the soil,
                  the mushrooms wait patiently to be cut from their roots
                                    and I don't want to tell them that you will not come.

I am ribs pried open, fingers stained purple
                  trying to distinguish what is most beautiful in life:
                                    the red fountains of Indian paintbrush,
                                                      or my hand,
                                                                                          in yours?

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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