Winter 2016: Poetry
by Suzy Harris
At home, the old knife knew its way around a tomato.
The salad bowls lined up like soldiers on the counter.
In charge, the bossy pressure cooker, with its steam whistle,
set the pace. Preening radish flowers,
pats of butter, well-dressed table, ashtrays at the ready,
cocktail glasses whispering about the guests to arrive.
And then the doorbell, coats find their way to the closet,
whiskery stale kisses that can’t be avoided,
ice cubes dance into glasses, olives into martinis,
the cheese and crackers partner up effortlessly
and slide onto little plates, cocktail napkins sidle up,
a loud voice startles a wine glass that shatters,
is swept up and forgotten.
Now, the plates and silverware jump into action,
glasses fill and empty and fill again,
pats of butter find their way into baked potatoes,
plates corral the rolling peas and
anchor the tablecloth, hold everything in place.
After, the shapely Chemex comes out with her
retinue of demitasse cups and saucers,
tiny silver spoons. Brandy, too, with her
snifters, and they stare at each other,
haughty and proud, until they find themselves
back on the cluttered kitchen counter top
reduced to lipstick smudges and coffee grounds.
One by one, the coats seek out their owners,
help them to their cars. Now, the dishwasher takes charge,
ordering all the plates and silverware,
cups and platters, each into its rightful sliver of space,
making room for the last spoon and spatula
before closing its door and shifting into gear.
The sponges drag themselves across the Formica,
ashtrays empty into the garbage,
the house takes a deep breath,
the windows rattle and release a bit of hot air
into the wintery night.
Quiet now, the rug and couches inch closer together
to stay warm as the house sleeps.
Celebrating nature, home and the cycles of life – twenty poets light the winter night.
Six stories use magic to explore loss, grief and healing.
With imagery of flora and fauna, four artists animate the winter landscape.
Five young women dig deep to each speak their individual truth .
From emerging to established writers – meet the women behind our eighth issue’s voices and visions.
LETTER FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR
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