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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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