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Summer 2016: Poetry

My Husband’s Handwriting

Individual as DNA,
my husband’s handwriting speaks
from a pile of papers, notes, cards
and napkins, cursive and print
all jumbled together.

On an index card, voice husky,
low, he tells me, I have the wife
other people dream about. I know
I’m the luckiest guy alive
. . .
His note written as if in a jolt,
jotting down those lines
like the morning after a dream,
trying to capture his thoughts
before they escaped. Letters big
and small run across the page,
never in a straight line.

I find a fading pencil sketch,
drawn on the tablet he kept
in the garage, measurements and materials
for a dart board cabinet. This diagram
of his last project, a blend of lingering intimacy
and utility. More alive
than the tree full of pink blossoms
outside my window,

more permanent than my own body
that once came together with his.
But nowhere more present,
than on a yellow cocktail napkin,
his name, a plus sign and mine,
in blue ink water stained and blurred.

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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