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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LETTER FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
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