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The Goddess,
by Grete Tartler, translated by Adam J. Sorkin

Wired up to the lie detector, I confess:

I lied that goddesses

need magic accessories

that makeup deepens the glance

and the clothes reveal grandeur

L’élégance sans nom de l’humaine armature

leaving behind old tomes and dusty counsel

for the happiness near at hand, near at heart:

swimming in a drop of water :

The unwise gain what the wise may lose


But I didn’t speak to those

I couldn’t save,

I didn’t answer the forests’

thousands of letters, dead leaves,

I didn’t stop air in willow flute


I threw open the door to the florist’s storeroom

I was the target

of those I taught to use ply the bow


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 14, Issue 2.

Grete Tartler has published nine collections of poetry beginning with her first book in 1970. She has translated from German, Arabic, English, and Danish, and she has written on Arab poetry and culture as well as a book, European Identity, and a study of four Arabic philosophers.

Adam J. Sorkin has translated more than forty-five books of contemporary Romanian literature, and his work has won the Poetry Society (U.K.) Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for European Poetry, among other awards. Recent books include The Book of Winter and Other Poems by Ion Mureșan; A Path to the Sea by Liliana Ursu, translated with Ursu and Tess Gallagher (Pleasure Boat Studios); Medea and Her War Machines by Ioan Flora, translated with Alina Alina Cârâ (University of New Orleans Press); and The Vanishing Point That Whistles: An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry.

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Cyclamen, by Carol V. Davis

Behind the glass of windowpane, wavy
so the plants in the garden appear bloated,
a little drunk, stems lean dangerously to the left.
He paces the narrow nursery aisles,
pauses to choose seedlings.
Never doubts their promise of growth,
trusts in the color photo on the card
atop a plastic stem.
So when the shooting stars of cyclamen burst
white instead of fuchsia, it is a betrayal.
In 3rd grade when he confided
in his friend about a secret crush on a girl
with bangs black as soil.
Everyone in homeroom spotted his initials
planted with hers in the center of a heart,
dug into the splintered wood of his desk.
Next day he pleaded with his mother.
Perhaps his poppy red cheeks a sign of fever;
she wavers; remembering the time she missed
the scarlet fever, guilt racking her for years.
She lets him stay home, burrowed under the sod of his quilt.
He needs that, a chance for new growth to graft.
A spindly limb to sprout on the trunk of the old orange tree.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 14, Issue 2.

Carol V. Davis won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg. Twice a Fulbright scholar in Russia, her work has been read on NPR, Radio Russia. She teaches at Santa Monica College.

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2012 Cider Press Review Book Award Now Open

Play ButtonThe editors are now accepting submissions for the 2011 Cider Press Book Award.

The annual Cider Press Review Book Award offers a $1,500 prize (as of 2010), publication, and 25 author’s copies of a book length collection of poetry. Author receives a standard publishing contract. Initial print run is not less than 1,000 copies. Learn more at the Bookaward page.

The final judge for the 2012 CPR Book Award is Gray Jacobik.


Manuscripts may be submitted either electronically or by mail. Please review our COMPLETE GUIDELINES before entering. Submit 48-80 pages of original poetry in English not previously published in book form (individual poems may have been previously published in journals, anthologies, and chapbooks). No SASE required — No manuscripts will be returned. All entrants will receive notification via email, or can see results on the website. Contest entry fee: $25.00. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning book and a one-issue subscription to Cider Press Review.

CPR encourages all entrants to use our electronic submissions system; it is fast, secure, and efficient; it saves time, trees, postage, and annoyance for both authors and editors. You may also send your manuscript via standard mail. All mailed entries must be postmarked no later than November 30th of the contest year.

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