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Winter 2014: Poetry

Lost Child Lullabye

Let me witch her into being, moth fingers across my abdomen
in a flicker of evocation. Then it can be the month I feel her swell

to the size of a lemon, stretching the walls of my body
to the shape of home, slick little blood-furrowed membrane

grown from pockets of prayer and winterling stars,
the Virgo of my inner sky.

It will be the year we rock in the tire swing
and draw our sticks through the white, soft sand,

the year I almost drop her, the birthday when I hold her
a little too tight until she squeals and shifts.

Just don’t let it be the night a man asks me for identification,
calls to inquire if someone can explain my presence

on the playground or the unborn daughter I see
ghosting down the slide into my empty arms.

I close out the crescendo, those red and blue aurora-corners
in my eyes so I can search for her, face down in the grass,

where mist like whisper shadow sings to the hot, bittersweet moon.

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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