Winter 2014: Poetry
To Inhabit the Body
She tells me that as soon as those protrusions sprouted, she knew they didn’t belong. They feel as alien, she says, as the frilly pastel undies her mother made her wear. Grown, her body becomes her canvas. She is sleeved-up with blue snakes coiling her arms, their tongues darting out underneath her chin. She understands it is different for me, that I don’t want a permanent testament to anyone inked in my skin, and that when my chest was renamed breasts, I welcomed those modest orbs. She tells me that no one will ever talk at her tits again. We both agree that is a perk, and that jerks ogling me is my burden for liking mine; and she will awaken from surgery relieved that underneath her bandages her chest is flat like a door that opens into a garden where she finds herself inhabiting the body she was meant to wear.
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