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Winter 2014: Poetry

After the Storm

A tree aims its huge cluster of trunks skyward
from white ground. It stands unscathed
in a meadow, the surrounding forest laid waste
all night. A woman comes out of the splintered trees,
tall boots cracking through crust, long black coat
scraping behind her as she strides through knee-high

snow into morning. Sun glints along the edges
of her bootprints. She carries a large case, approaches
the tree, sets the case down and steps back, careful
to stay in her footprints. She surveys the expanse
of trunks, many dwarfing her body, others as slender
as her legs and arms. She takes her time.

From the woods come echoes like whipcracks,
like the groans of sinking ships, now and then
a thundering crash that shakes the land beneath her.
Still, she examines this tree that’s untouched, watches
it shed remnant ice in sunlight. No other sounds—
just loud breaking, soft melting. She listens.

When she’s ready, she steps forward slowly, quietly,
opens the case and lifts out a great bow. She’s made it
herself: from wood, hair, shell, hide, gold, silk, bone.
She draws the bow across each trunk, waits as the tree
tunes itself. The larger the trunk, the lower the sound,
each a reverberation that carries across the clearing,

travels into the woods. Deeper than whalesong, higher
than eagle call, all the notes in between. Tree and woman
compose as they play, are played: rondeau for earth
and sky, rhapsody for a new day, requiem for the forest.

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        After the Ice Storm
 by Linda Strever

        Waiting for a Diagnosis by Linda Strever

        Anticipation by Penelope Scambly Schott

        How to Survive the Loss of Your Best Friend by Diane Averill

        Current Conditions by Carol Ellis

        For a Hot Shot by Susan DeFreitas

        Focal Distance by Jenna Thompson

        Bridge by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg

        Motherhood by Elizabeth Stoessl

        Nice Girl Regrets by Pattie Palmer Baker

        Lost Child Lullabye by Tiah Lindner Rephael

        To Inhabit the Body by Willa Schneberg

        Love Letter by Annie Lightheart


        Like Water and Stones by B.E. Scully

        Messages by Mary Mandeville

        Fear Jars by Jessica Zisa

        Pie by Susan Lehman

        Confinement by Valerie Wagner


        Where the Buffalo and Unicorn Once Roamed by Katie Todd

        Midwestern Dreamin' by Katie Todd

        Monday's Child by Sarah Fagan

        Sweet Tea by Sarah Fagan

        The Daydream by Kendall Madden

        Beatrice by Kendall Madden


        Chinese Mangos by Sophia Mautz

        The Bridge by Kate LeBlanc

        Ephemeral by Jillian Briglia

        The River by Sheila Panyam

        Compost by Sophia Mautz