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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.

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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