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Winter 2015: Poetry

a welcome weed

i think i’d like to live a life where i’m surprised 
that i can climb out of bed in the morning
or fall asleep without warning
before the sun has even set
before i’ve said every goodnight
with my sheet untucked and my feet exposed
i’d like a life like that

i’d be okay with a life that startles me into smiles
i’d like to be tricked out of agony or despair
i would love to have no reason to smile at all
a rasping pant like laughter 
biding its time 
waiting for my gasp

i am a soft-handed farmer
and what i sow is not always what i reap
but i can let my soles grow black with dirt 
and leathered until rocks crack under them
and when i kneel it doesn’t always have to mean i am beaten
because a soft-handed farmer touches sodden and sun-warmed plants in turn
presses her lips and cheeks 
against coy buds with lazy leaves
embraces the scratch that ignites the itch

and when she feels the world press her down 
she bends further forward
she tells them still that there’s time to grow
and doesn’t need her hands at all

i would be fine, i think, with a life like that

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        A Great Wild Goodness
 by Annie Lighthart

        Going South by Christine Gray

        a welcome week by Hannah Sams

        Ophelia, at Fifty, in a Blue Blow-up Canoe by Deborah Dombrowski

        A Passing Music by Barbara LaMorticella

        Girl Fishing with Grandpa by Helen Kerner

        Perimeter by Amy Schutzer

        Two Poets in the Weight Room by Tricia Knoll

        Skeletons by Christa Kaainoa

        A Poem for Dany by Suzy Harris

        Lineage by Amy Schutzer

        The Bucket by M.K. Moen

        Bernier River by Christine Dupres

        Silence by Margie Lee

        Advice by Donna Prinzmetal

        Sometimes at Night by Jennifer Pratt-Walter

        Fissure by Elizabeth Moscoso

        Whale by Cathy Cain

        In the Modern World by Annie Lightheart

        Love poem to an acquaintance by Allegra Heidelinde

        Dialogue between Magician and Tattooist by Christine Gray

        Under the sign of the water bearer by Jennifer Kemnitz

        city spacious heart by Pearl Waldorf


        Bless Our Great Nation, Zambia! Zambia! by Gypsy Martin

        Liminal by Stephanie Golisch

        The Tomorrow Fire by Kelly Coughlin

        Ablaze by Heather Durham

        Left As It Was, It Would Come Apart by Jackie Shannon-Hollis


        Sibling 1 by Michelle Latham

        Sibling 2 by Michelle Latham

        Sibling 3 by Michelle Latham

        Totem by Kelly Neidig

        Stratum by Kelly Neidig

        Swift by Kelly Neidig

        Breaking Free by Erin Leichty

        Capture Threads by Erin Leichty

        Hardware by Erin Leichty


        Visions on the Playground by Meghana Mysore

        Chasing Thunder by Berkeley Franklin

        Elegy for Christy by Lily Boyd

        Social Media by Maya Coseo

        A Hundred Acre Wood by Audra McNamee