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Winter 2015: Poetry

Love poem to an acquaintance

Catching your eyes across the room
We smile. I say, "Great to see you." 
What I mean is 
I want to hold you for a long time. 

Undress you lovingly, like my daughter 
When she is too sleepy to be kind. Undress you 
So completely nothing is left but light, 
And that sweetness near your neck.

There is hunger here
It isn’t anything I know.
It is woman's body upon woman's body, child-bearing 
Belly touching child-bearing belly, scars mismatched, 
Mothers’ breasts tumbling in profusion.
When I see you something primal launches.  
Inside I reel and keen, souls' skirts ablaze, 
Hardly manage to contain my urge 
To leap and enfold you utterly. 
     This is: something about Seeing and being Seen. 
     This is: something about Desire, hot and plain. 

Come here, Dear, bring everywhere gravity has pulled.
Bring the tired places you bury, I will wash them with milk,
Honey everything hidden. Here 
Are my palms of devotion. 

Catching your eyes across the room
We smile. 
Conversation pools around us. 
I say, "Great to see you." 

You wave fingers that write the way to my heart.

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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