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CPR Volume 18, Issue 5, January 2017

How to Move In
by Hayden Saunier

Bring in the bed first.
Then the books.
Then wait as long as possible before doing anything else.

Go back to work. Sweep out the old place.
Volunteer.
Allow time for your books to adjust their spines

in light of a different dust sifting the air
and the low deep notes sounded by floor joists when
no one’s there.

Let the books and the light in the room
settle in.
Let the bed be.

Because the promise of sex
is almost as good as sex and sometimes better, let’s face it,
so let the bed rest.

The world remains packed
with unfairness, cockroaches, impossible physics,
all none of your choosing

so, for once, allow emptiness to do its work.
Come back open-handed.
Then you’ll be home.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 5.

Hayden SaunierHayden Saunier is the author of three poetry collections, Tips for Domestic Travel, Say Luck, which won the 2013 Gell Poetry Prize, and Field Trip to the Underworld, winner of the Keystone Chapbook Award. Her work has been awarded the Pablo Neruda Award, the Rattle Poetry Prize and the Robert Fraser Award. She lives on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. (www.haydensaunier.com)

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But I Live Here (Empty Place)
by Christopher Citro

I let out the last of my wolves so long ago
there’s not even a smell left in the chute.
My backyard used to tipple and flounce,
but these days I’m pushing a cheddar
sandwich with a snapped broomstick
in case on the next time around it rouses.
At night the stars fall into the neighbor’s pool
and frolic like children in an animated film
where they’re more fun than actual children.
Over here, clumps of weeds by a brown bush
howling under the newly starless sky.
I walk over to them, expectant for once,
and they immediately stop. They seem
to look up at me as if I shouldn’t be there.
 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 5.

Christopher Citro is the author of The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy (Steel Toe Books, 2015). He won the 2015 Poetry Competition at Columbia Journal, and his recent and upcoming publications include poetry in Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Best New Poets 2014, The Journal, Sixth Finch, Rattle, and Poetry Northwest, and creative nonfiction in Boulevard and Colorado Review. He received his MFA from Indiana University and lives in Syracuse, NY.

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The Plural of Grief
by Alina Borger

Ekphrastic response to Untitled Work by Eliezer Sotillo

Her son’s pygmy frog floated near the top of its tank one Tuesday evening in fall. She had to explain the epistemology of it all (how do we know frog isn’t coming back), traditional Western toilet bowl burial rituals, and where the water goes.

Also, her mother’s long illness, the death she’d forgotten to keep expecting, and weeks later her father’s cancer. The please no prayers, the please not again prayers, the please, just please prayers she murmurs underneath her working and sleeping.

The productivity of it all still astonishes her, facing inward, concentrating entirely on something so deeply held only to let it go—like running long distance, like giving birth. Everything else pushed out of the way, face white, eyes closed.

Surprising, too, what returns. Even with a benediction on her lips, ready to take a breath, lift her head, move on, that damn frog sprang to life again, its legs pushing through unflushed water until she found the net and scooped him back out.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 4.

alina_borger_sqAlina Borger writes and teaches in Iowa City, IA. She is the author of Tuesday’s Children, a chapbook from Hermeneutic Chaos Press, and her work recently appeared or is scheduled to appear in Midwestern Gothic, The Mom Egg Review, and The Pittsburgh Poetry Review.

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