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Winter 2015: Poetry

Two Poets in the Weight Room

Verlena carries a black cane. I have lumpy veins. 
Our ages add up to nearly a gross of years
in this hotbed of stair steps, ellipticals, 
rowing machines, barbells, mirrors, and sweat.

Neither of us has stomach
for the maiming news on silenced TVs
or a captioned chef stuffing wieners
with cheddar cheese. I flaunt red
nails on heart-monitoring handlebars.
She wears a red sweatshirt. We show up. 

I suggest we wait for the firefighters’
free gym access at eleven. They are cuter
than the upper-chest guy pumping up
to dazzle skinny boy learning squats. 
Verlena lays down her cane, leans into
the upper-back torture rack. 
She laments no one guesses
she eyes groins and puffed-out pecs.

Doing lat pulls, I huff out how much I admire 
tight-spanked butts when stuck in traffic, those men 
in two-tone bike shorts zipping up the right lane,
the swervy audacity of steel-strung calves 
on sculpted seats. 

The firefighters never come. Something burns.
The two lifters trade hints on mixing slow counts
with heavy reps. 
We flesh out odes. They count haiku. 

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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