Winter 2014: Poetry
Like no Cassatt or Morisot I’ve ever seen (and what were those placid babies on anyway? Did they suck in absinthe through their mothers’ milk?)— this canvas I view through visited windows: A mother paces the alley behind her house, and in a football-hold carries her infant girl, the baby’s angry head pointing from her mother’s elbow like a bullet swaddled in tight fleece casing. As they march the crunching gravel path the baby’s screams bounce off the sides of houses into kitchens where neighbors who’ve heard it and heard it for weeks no longer rush to their windows. Then finally—soothed by fall winds whirling over a scalp red as her birthstone, now calming to rosy pink—she defends her tiny eyes from the sun, she closes them, and surrenders. She hushes. I wonder if this peace could be achieved by calmer means, more like those stoned moms and babies in the paintings. What wisdom do I have to offer this exhausted mother? She knows how qualified I am: the one who raised her child’s father—putting him to sleep face-down (to prevent a sudden death that we now know my method could have caused), coercing him to nap in a backseat cardboard box as I cruised the highways. His unrestrained brother once shook the box, sending the baby sliding out and under the front seat, to lie wedged, screaming, until the next exit. Somehow, that baby survived my feckless ignorance and sired this marvel of a girl, inheritor of his Olympian lungs, the one to whom I surrender and hush.
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.
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.
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