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Featured Works: Week of May 20 (Spring)

By on May 19, 2019 in Featured | Comments Off

Spring has been a long time coming in the Northern Hemisphere, but it is finally here. Our contributors celebrate the changing of the seasons. “Riparian Life” by John Zedolik accompanies Canadian geese back south with the spring warmth. In “I Could Be Charlemagne,” David Sapp observes the power of natural forces. With “What Home Garden,” photographer Keith Moul provides a close-up view of a...

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What Home Garden

By on May 19, 2019 in Art/Photography, Featured | Comments Off

  What Home Garden by Keith Moul

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I Could Be Charlemagne

By on May 19, 2019 in Featured, Poetry | Comments Off

I could be Charlemagne. If I examine the plat, Lines and measures survey So many feet from here to there, Staked with orange, florescent paint, My realm of house, yard, wood, This soil, the worms, wasps, rabbits, These wildflowers, my vassals, Courting deferentially each summer, These trees, all bow to me. Absurd! Actually, the wind Possess these boughs — the wind, Pillaging the scene of the Pacific, Conquering the Rockies and Sierras, Marching cyclones across Nebraska. During calm days of respite, The wind away invading Appalachia, I could be Charlemagne, My reverie of sovereignty...

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Riparian Life

By on May 19, 2019 in Featured, Poetry | Comments Off

The grass crackled and frozen looking like sand and salt in the Egyptian desert, the source of natron that preserved the eviscerated and brain-hollowed bodies of dead pharaohs, still draws down a gaggle of Canada geese who must remember the site and near river of life much shorter than the Nile but sustaining enough even in the tired and soiled days of February for those beaks that peck and webs that stride upon last year’s vegetation that will renew without a weighing of heart against feather by Anubis, the jackal-head, so the big birds don’t have to worry their mortal...

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Featured Works: Week of April 1 (Relationships)

By on Mar 31, 2019 in Issue Archives | Comments Off

Relationships are among the most important experiences of life, and this week’s contributors look at a variety of kinds. “That Month My Mother Begged to Wait with Her in the Dark” by Lyn Lifshin reflects on a mother-daughter relationship and its changes. “Mama’s Boy” by Robert Pfeiffer shares a son’s perspective on his connection to his mother. “Lunch, 1968” by Stuart Michaelson looks at how friendship can be complicated by external forces, such as race and politics. “Chicken Noodle Soup Maiden” by Stuart Michaelson depicts a creative young boy’s...

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If We Lived Together

By on Mar 31, 2019 in Poetry | Comments Off

If we lived together, you would nick your chin on a regular basis, confusing my razor with yours, because I am more enamored of smooth legs than I am of ineffectual, pink girly-girl razors. If we lived together, I would lie awake until you fell asleep, then slide quietly from under the covers to turn the thermostat up five degrees, because I grew up in an ungodly-cold house and I swore that someday, I would be toasty-warm and sleep in the nude.  If we lived together, you would bribe me with a foot rub to stop my chatter so that you could listen to the nightly news.  If we lived...

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