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Winter 2016: Poetry

Northwest Equinox

In this season between new moons, blood
moons, and the scythe, clouds, and clouds,
and clouds gather, corralled at the edge of the west hills.
We look up, at an opening
in the dilemma of our own making, wondering
if our salvation floats above us in the flocked bellies of sheep.
Drought dyes the eastern sky the color of ripening tomatoes at noon.
We do not bother to clean, or harvest. We hope rain
will take the dust out of the air, and swell the pears. When the earth
still wore her icy veils in this season, when her flows alternated,
hot and cold, in a predictable rhythm, before we scarred her,
and drilled her, and searched her, and cleared her with unending desire,
it was here, in this time that we’d sort it all out,
the keepers from the throw-backs, the seed from the bedding,
and measure our results. We’d leave through the back door,
our tools in hand: Our poles and nets and hooks;
our jack knives and our baskets, our clippers
and our pruning knives. We’d stoop low and
gather what we could. We would smell the tang
of leaves ready to turn. We would wake to a later
dawn, and feel the chill of last night’s quiet rain
in our bones. Now, we watch the sky, waiting for drops
to fall, waiting for the small, dark dots of wet
to appear in the garden’s dust. We pack away the sandals
and the sunscreen, and find the rain hat
on a hook in the basement, the boots
under the stairs. In this season between intention and result,
between the seed and the fruit, between what to take out
and what to leave in, we try to get comfortable sitting on a sharp,
new edge we honed ourselves.

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        Northwest Equinox by Kris Demien

        Gradations of Gray by Wendy Thompson

        With Gladness by Sara Graves

        Home by Leora Marialicia González

        For a Grade School Classmate by Joan Maiers

        Canning Factory Road by Elizabeth Stoessl

        To Make a Prairie by Carolyn Martin

        At Home by Suzy Harris

        Family Disagreement by Tricia Knoll

        The Bullfrogs by Katherine Boyer

        Cows by Rebecca Jamieson

        Lesson by Stacey Vallas

        Stardust by Erin Iwata

        Perspective by Carolyn Martin

        Lacrosse Season by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo

        The Tangled Path by Suzanne LaGrande

        Matched Set by Tanya Jarvik

        False Bus Stop by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo

        Last Visit by Erin Iwata

        October Walk with My Mother by Ann Sinclair

        First Rothko Exercise by Elizabeth McLagan

        Fractions by Susan Blackaby

        Tea by Melineh Yemenidjian

        Return by Stacey Vallas


        Scarab Man by Cynthia McGean

        Planetary Influences by Alida Thacher

        Bone of the Past by Burky Achilles

        Teachings: A Buddhist Ghost Story by Ann Sihler

        Wrangler by Desiree Wright

        A Nicaraguan Spring by Pamela Russell Bejerano


        Into the Wonder by Annamieka Hopps Davidson

        Deep Blue Meditation by Annamieka Hopps Davidson

        Weave Me Into the Sea by Annamieka Hopps Davidson

        Crassula 2 by Alison Foshee

        Crassula 5 by Alison Foshee

        Crassula 6 by Alison Foshee

        Warm Autumn by Tamar Hammer

        Girl with Conch by Tamar Hammer

        With Her Dog by Tamar Hammer


        Love Beyond Loss by Isabel Lickey

        Submerged by Raimy Khalife Hamdan

        Which Way? by Alli Rodenbaugh

        To Autumn by Sara Barkouli

        The Storm by Elie Doubleday