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Winter 2015: Poetry

Girl Fishing with Grandpa

He took her fishing for crappie at the dusk end of day 
when the fish would be hungry and the lake calm as set jelly.

Speaking little, he rowed easy, the old wooden boat nosing 
the edge of the lily pad field as a dog might find a path.

He slipped the anchor into murky water, dug deep
into the soil of the bait jar, retrieved a writhing worm, 
pierced its flesh onto hook’s barb. 

Blood spurted across his threadbare overalls.
He grinned at her wide-eyed stare.

Acolyte witnessing holy ritual, she memorized his every move,
swung her pole out into the air. Quiet plop and then 
they waited in the warm breath of summer’s night.

Startled by the tug, she jerked, nearly lost her pole
but his hands cupped hers steady and his voice, like a prayer, 
skimmed the silence. 

	Let the fish swallow so the hook will catch firm.

His broad hand rested on her slight shoulder as they hiked
the steep path home. Crescent moon and flickering stars 
barely lit their way.

She glanced back at the lake where fish swam free 
and silver tattoos shimmied on the water’s perfect skin, 
peered up to find the patterns he described. 

	The stars are a million holes of light 
	birds fly through to sleep in heaven.

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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