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Winter 2015: Poetry

Conversation between Magician and Tattooist

Disappearing Act: Anorexia Nervosa

Indulge me. What you see is mirage, 
a swimming into tedium. Two weeks
is all I need for craving to dissipate
and perfection to settle in. Time stretches
sharply into thin marrow, the space
between lungs. Look away gasping into
a split second, a vanishing. Substance.
Simplicity. Ritual. Optical
illusion. The difference between ice and bone.
Awe can equal both horror and amazement.
The blithe disbelief, the stares swallow me whole.
Perceived applause for my oppressive self-control.

Reluctance: Self-injury

It is no more than accident really.
Possession. She is a cruel muse that fishhooks
me from the safety of void. Blade in hand,
together we string symphonies in scarlet, 
salt and saline. Gushing. Beyond naked now,
inside seeps out. Carving stars and stones
into sleeves and bracelets. Resistance
becomes habit, a ponderous guilt grows
subtly into this maze of henna and scars.
She and I become indistinguishable
in our cages. To be reborn you must die.
Blood is the memory of being alive.

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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