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Winter 2014: Young Voices


The weather vane spins the mermaid,
the feather, and the star,
like a spider web with dew,
like raindrop beads on a necklace.

The gray Mississippi river runs along muddy banks.
The nightingale lives in a gold-rimmed wine glass,
a stem as delicate as her daughter’s bones.

A flaking crescent moon dips
into a pot of boiling navy blue,
and the nightingale
decides to nibble on the corners.

The crumbs fill her stomach,
the buttered powdery pastry
slowly turns to cotton,
but instead of iced tea and summer,
she is full of fog.

She stops breathing and her daughter does, too.

The moon waters the moor below,
brown tears like tea, tries to sing itself to sleep.

The mermaid winks,
dives off her weather vane,
and swims into the gray Mississippi.

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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.

Young Voices

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.

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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