How to End an Affair ~ Cindy King

  As soon as you catch his eye, let it go, and when he has your ear, quit listening. If that doesn’t work, fall back into your body whenever gravity returns. If nothing beats the bars of his ribs, your pulse will no longer sing blue. The air will cool, and make room for you, […]

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Panfish ~ Terry Savoie

  “remarkable ponds and/cattails” Robin Blaser   Five bluegill, a rock bass, one pumpkinseed, & several finger length perch for tossing back, all by noonday when, content to ease up, drowsy-eyed, I rest on a ruined milk bucket turned downside up on the promising ridge of pebbled, farm pond shoreline, the pond set somewhere in […]

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Family Reunion ~ Terry Ann Thaxton

  Each day I walk to the creek knowing I long ago gave up my mother’s heaven. My family’s reunion is taking place fifty miles away —a pig sliced open in honor of an uncle, home from saving the world. I’m certain the bruise on my knee is a sunset. Why didn’t I say this […]

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I have wine in my hand ~ Donald Morrill

  I have wine in my hand and want wine. I’m surprised by the want To know better. I know Worse and still regard pleasure As fetching and necessary, though difficult On certain disciplines. I have Wine and uncertain principles Only for fun fundamentals, for auditions With another I might get to laugh with me And […]

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Forecast ~ Gabriel Welsch

  Has summer yet spoken, even a whisper to the new soil on one of the humid sudden days? We are so far from rot—yet. The stalks and buds carry not simply seed. The dogwood’s spur of its leaves has the whisper of when and how to drop. This is the moment of before— when […]

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Arndt Lake ~ Paul Willis

Boulder bluff with a golden finish. Lichen or not, a splotch of ochre. Mountain hemlock sprouting from a granite seam. Hold on, little one. Here, surely, a lodgepole with an aching back, bent by the snows and still crooked, all these years. Whitebark snags against the sun, silhouettes that prove the light is bearable. Dwarf […]

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