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CPR Best of Volume 16 Now Available

CPR Volume 16 Front CoverAfter more than a week of stuffing envelopes, the hard-copy “Best of Volume 16” Cider Press Review is on its way to contributors, subscribers, and former Book Award contest entrants.

The “Best of” issue features poems by Rebecca Baggett, Carol Berg, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Maggie Blake, Ace Boggess, John Bradley, Christine Butterworth-McDermott, Sharon Chmielarz, Lisa J. Cihlar, Joan Colby, Michael Collins, Gemma Cooper-Novack, Jimmie Cumbie, Carol V. Davis, Paul Dickey, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Carol Ellis, Sarah Estes, David Eye, Evelyn Clark Farbman, Shawn Fawson, Janice Greenwood, David Hathwell, Gary Hawkins, Sara Henning, Brian Patrick Heston, Louisa Howerow, Ann Hudson, Amie Keddy, Heather Lang, Susanna Lang, Mercedes Lawry, Bernadette McBride, Amy Meckler, Colleen Michaels, Nancy Carol Moody, Carolyn Moore, Mary Moore, Susannah Nevison, Amy Newday, Autumn Newman, Sharon Olson, Mary Elizabeth Parker, Lynn Pedersen, Kevin Phan, Katherine Rauk, Geri Rosenzweig, Michael G. Smith, Heather Sommer, Sarah Sousa, Joannie Stangeland, Kelly Terwilliger, Lisken Van Pelt Dus, Ryan Vine, Donna Vorreyer, Chelsea Wagenaar, Mark Wagenaar, Marq Wilson, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Anne Harding Woodworth, Matthew Zingg. Book reviews by Ken Hada and Gary Leising.

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The Volcano Considers Helen, Watching Television In Michigan,
by Amy Newday

May 1980

Say darkness. Not revelation—
I am not the end of the world.

I am the world.

Under your world. Where you fry
potatoes for your granddaughter’s lunch, press
a cheese sandwich into a pan. Tell her

how I shatter the elks’ lungs, how birdsong
bakes on my breath. Ask your God about His painstaking

forest. Ask what He saw
in His three days of darkness. Were there rivers
of boiling tar? Were there watchmen? Ask

who will judge and who will stand
but tell the girl about the fire

beneath her feet rising,

shaking,
opening,

crumbling the dust.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 1.

Amy NewdayAmy Newday’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry East, Rhino, Notre Dame Review, Calyx, and Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. She directs the Writing Center at Kalamazoo College and co-owns Harvest of Joy Farm LLC, a community-supported vegetable farm located near Shelbyville, Michigan.

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My Wedding Dress of Red and Gold,
by Amy Newday

Because the night is wet and shining,
green frogs pluck their little banjos and the road crew pouring sky
black asphalt under floodlights backs up interminably,
orange and wet and dark and steaming. There’s an old dog dying
in the corner of my bedroom and a family of slugs crawling their gleaming
nightly pilgrimage down my hall, so why not look at it, why not
pull it out and put it on, red and gold, reversible
like a heart, why not admit I like it, it looks good, the loosely belted lace
rose resting just below my navel, my belly bare, silk and shining, the bolts of curving
moonlit cloth, why not say yes, I do, I love it, this world,
red and green and gold, how I’m always wanting to swallow it
through one mouth or another? Yes, this world, this Judas, kissing me
and calling the guards, how I fall for it again and again, night’s drum
and violin, the smoke and sheen of morning, everything slick
and oiled into rainbows, everything bubbled
and blistered and singing like a goldfinch
for his bagged mate; how the unwashed hands that caught her
now knock against my door. Not pretending to be unhaunted, not offering
a single silver ring. Red and gold, the threshold’s burning.
The bullfrogs are mooing and the whole night smells of tar.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 15, Issue 3.

Amy NewdayAmy Newday’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry EastRhinoNotre Dame ReviewCalyx, and Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. She directs the Writing Center at Kalamazoo College and co-owns Harvest of Joy Farm LLC, a community-supported vegetable farm located near Shelbyville, Michigan.

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