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Winter 2014: Poetry

Focal Distance

The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera.
— Dorthea Lange entry on “human voice”

If you let me, I’ll teach you to see.
Hold my inelegant lens to your
own fluid eye and the world
becomes clear.
Don’t ask me why its reduction
lets you breathe.

Is it all too much? The scope,
the endless directions you could look,
close-up or wide angle,
No wonder you need my small window,
dials, settings, focusing rings,
a once-lively moment captured and stilled.
Maybe you need the shattering
brightness condensed to a slivered dance of light.

A sliver is all I can give.
I envy your involuntary blink,
The way your pupils accept
without strategy or manipulation
the illumined shimmer
on grass blades, window panes,
glancing the water’s surface like
a million gold pennies.
I envy the ease of images entering,
folding themselves into secrets you
keep for later.

I am not a shield. Never meant to close you off,
keep you separate. If I could trade
my thick curved glass for the breathing
pulse of eyes then
I’d hold mine open,
welcome the pang
of light and color,
watch the fractured world made whole.

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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