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Winter 2016: Poetry

To Make a Prairie

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, —
... And reverie.
– Emily Dickinson

No prairies wave across this town.
Slip on your strolling shoes and roam 
through churches, parks, and homes renowned
as Federal, Greek, Italianate. 

And, if attuned to Emily,
net the transcendental buzz
of that pubescent Deity –
and watch him mate his three-leaf Love.

She never saw great seas of grass
or heard their fluting meadowlarks;
or felt the whip of big bluestem, 
the company of prairie hawks.

And yet this Alchemist of Life
could sit in crowded solitude – 
distilling worlds more true than true
in her capacious dreamery.

Catch her at a window seat
unpinning violets from her dress.
Feel the wilt caress her hands
and evanesce across the grass.

Watch her raise her sherry eyes
saluting stars with rhapsodies
to prairie dogs and antelope
at home across the mixed-grass seas.

And as she burrows down to sleep,
she nods to Immortality,
planting words across the sheets
in consummated reverie. 

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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