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Summer 2016: Poetry

No Exit

Hey, if you’re reading this
could be you know
my dad used to be this hotshot
baseball phenom
only he didn’t make it which
of course is an existential dilemma: who
gets to the Show and who does
not, who has the pinpoint throw or the curve
that fools, the fastest legs, the velcro
glove. Sartre wouldn’t get that.

But Camus, who knew how the sun
blinds and desert dirt tastes, might have had it
in him to ponder the absurdity of
sweltering somewhere in southern
Indiana, lurching from town to
town in a rust bucket bus,
washed up but still wearing
that easy lopsided smile
clutching that lucky bat

‘though his legs were giving out
not unlike Sisyphus.

Me, I never learned to
keep a score card — it is how
you capture the half-life
of innings and the best
innings are not too short, or too long like
when the flag out in center field flags
in the bottom of the ninth with no men out,
the peanuts starting to taste stale,
your pencil point breaking.

You always wonder
if this inning really is the Last Exit or if there
is No Exit from the game as you
remind Sartre that if you pass the
salt shaker without putting
it on the table first, you will
never get a hit again.
Camus would get that,
how life drowns in the
white-hot day game shimmerings,
the sweated out flannels,
the scuffed chalk lines

of what’s not to be.

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        Isabel's Purse by Deborah Akers

        refuge by Deborah Akers

        Kiteboarder at Road's End by Cathy Cain

        Caramel is Made at the Verge of Burning by Deborah Dombrowski

        Controlled Burn by Linda Drach

        Approaching Seventy by Carol Ellis

        Zygote by Nancy Flynn

        In Collision by Delia Garigan

        My Mother's Hair by Leanne Grabel

        Sheen by Leanne Grabel

        Allegiance by Melanie Green

        on my two thousand, seven hundred and fourth sabbath by Melanie Green

        Sitting Shiva on My Birthday by Andrea Hollander

        Laws of Physics by Andrea Hollander

        I Want to Unfold by Tricia Knoll

        My Stairway by Tricia Knoll

        Fancy by Barbara LaMorticella

        How to Know When You are Dreaming by Jone Rush MacCulloch

        Didn't We Touch Clouds? by Eileen Pettycrew

        Playlist by Suzanne Sigafoos

        No Exit by Charlotte Udziela

        Living Alone by Pat Phillips West

        My Husband's Handwriting by Pat Phillips West


        Let Me Explain by Carisa Miller

        The Itching by Elizabeth Scott

        Ben by Edee Lemonier

        The Passenger by Alex Behr

        Risk Takers by Ashley-Renee Cribbins

        Cooking Lessons by Joanna Rose


        Featured Art by Jeni Lee

        I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #1 by Katherine Mead

        I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #4 by Katherine Mead

        I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #5 by Katherine Mead

        Stasis by Sarah Laird

        Candescence by Sarah Laird

        Candescence (detail) by Sarah Laird

        Homage to Comfort Women Throughout the World by Carolyn Campbell

        The Beguiling Beauty of Life in Distress by Carolyn Campbell

        Reflections of Transitioning by Carolyn Campbell