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Winter 2014: Poetry


Sometimes I stand at the kitchen window
watch my neighbor pulling weeds in his yard
and say how are you how are you.
Sometimes I stand at my kitchen window
and wave to couples walking their dogs
and wonder how they live with all that hair.
I say what kind of dog is your dog
did you hear the frogs going on all night
do you need me to take care of your mail
your trash your child your lover your hydrangea
as I scrub the kitchen off the plate
watch the red bits and dish soap
run down the drain. Sometimes
I wave and they wave and I turn away
and they keep walking down the street,
through the park, into the small Colonial
around the block. When you jumped
off the bridge I was putting away the salad
dressing, loading the dishwasher,
wiping the countertop with an old blue rag.
I wonder if you saw the reflection of the man
rushing toward you in that cold clear
rippling water. If you waved
at him and he waved right back.

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Multi-faceted, poignant and inspiring. We’ve caught thirteen never-before-published poems by twelve master-class voices.


Five women share their talent and themselves in new, surprising and heartfelt ways.


Established craftswomen and aspiring visionaries add colorful richness to our most recent issue.

Young Voices

The lyrical language of five young poets will delight you.


Meet the authors and artists who make the Winter 2014 edition a rich, varied and engaging experience.

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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