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Vulture, by Stan Sanvel Rubin

regularity and symmetry…are amongst the
primordial needs of the human soul

        –Baudelaire, Journaux Intimes

Standing elsewhere, I look at myself
and record what’s missing
not with my eyes, so, much,
but with the mind that circles mountains
and returns, and returns like a wind
wanting to be sure it hasn’t
missed anything before seeking
the next desert, the calcified bones.

This is a space nothing fills.
This is a horizon without remonstrance.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 14, Issue 1.

Stan Sanvel Rubin’s third full-length collection titled, Hidden Sequel (2006), won the Barrow Street Book Prize in 2005. His works have been included in the anthology, Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets, published by the Oregon State University Press. Rubin also writes essay-reviews of poetry for Water-Stone Review .

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How to Fly, by Cory McClellan

Tell no one where you’ve buried the map of your feet.
Maintain your invisible stealth.
On streets where people move in pairs,
keep your failed attempts off secret runways
in the hush-hush pockets of your raincoat.
There are unexplored atmospheres inside the Pectoralis minor grooves
(descended from pterodactyls)
where aeronautics remain dormant.
If no one sees you walk
they can’t prove you’re on the ground.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 14, Issue 1.

Cory McClellan was born in Casa Grande “The Big House,” Arizona (but managed to escape). He received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His poetry has appeared in Mississippi Review, Redactions, The Café Review, and Xavier Review. He is currently a Kentuckian with his wife Natalia and two cats: Ushka and Boober.

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Dim Light in the Creuse*, by René Char
translated by Nancy Naomi Carlson

A pair of foxes, disrupting the snow,
Were trampling the edge of the nuptial den;
At dusk, their hard love reveals to surrounding brush
Their burning thirst in crumbs of blood.

*The Creuse is a department in central France named after the Creuse River.

Demi-Jour en Creuse

Un couple de renards bouleversait la neige,
Piétinant l’orée du terrier nuptial;
Au soir le dur amour révèle à leurs parages
La soif cuisante de miettes de sang.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 14, Issue 1.

René Char (1907-1988), French poet, was influenced by his love for his native Provence and social activism. He was an active participant in the French Resistance, and is known for his economy of style and secret language.

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Nancy Naomi CarlsonWinner of a Maryland Arts Council grant for poetry, Nancy Naomi Carlson teaches at the Bethesda Writer’s Center. Stone Lyre: Poems of René Char was recently published by Tupelo Press.

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