Winter 2016: Poetry
October Walk with My Mother
by Ann Sinclair
Red gold yellow, even green
leaves relax their spines onto the sidewalk
over gray and grayer concrete,
open their veins to new hues.
Leaves relax their spines onto the sidewalk,
while the leaves that remain on trees
open their veins to even newer hues,
blaze sudden haloes when the light angles low.
Through the leaves that remain on trees
the autumn sun slants as I walk,
blazes haloes when the light angles low,
haloes that will soon be auras of dyed concrete.
A low autumn sun slants as I walk erect,
veins contracting, relaxing with each step
over haloes of leaves that will soon be auras of dyed concrete.
We once hiked together through autumn leaves,
our veins contracting, relaxing with each step
over the sun-warmed forest floor.
We hiked to gather autumn leaves
for you to preserve in glycerin, to wrap in clear plastic.
Remembering the sun-warmed forest floor,
you captured the leaves between pages of your favorite books,
preserved them in glycerin and wrapped them in clear plastic,
like iridescent beetles pinned and framed against white cotton.
They rested between pages of your favorite books
as, year by year, your spine crumbled and broke into chunks.
After you had at last been unpinned from your wheelchair and your pain
I found the leaves, unplasticked them.
Long after your spine had crumbled into broken chunks
of gray and grayer concrete,
I found the leaves, unplasticked them,
released them to swirl red gold yellow, even green.
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