Indulge in poems by Kelly Cressio-Moeller, Devon Miller-Duggan, Alice B. Fogel, Mary Moore, Tim Miller, Kelly Lenox, Kathryn Merwin, Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena, Katie Riley, Gail DiMaggio, Diana Gordon, Suzanne Langlois, Eve Linn, Elizabeth Paul, and Avery M. Guess. New book reviews of A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent, by Gregory Mahrer (reviewed by Gwynn O’Gara) and Illusion of an Overwhelm by Jon Amen, (reviewed by Erica Goss).
Tup, though charming, lacks the poison of F.
Bang, though violent, lacks the chuckle.
Plow’s too agricultural and stinks of barnyard.
Sleep with is, well, a snooze.
Coitus’s only used by those to dried to do it.
IT’s a fog, a screen, a wink, a cheat, a chicken.
Boink’s a cartoon—condoms and fireworks both in crates marked “ACME.”
Fornicate’s a crime, and mate’s what bees, trees, even educated fleas do.
Ditto procreate, though it biblically commands as well.
Hide the salami’s too busy laughing at itself to get to the meat of the matter.
Verbs, nouns, all cluck their tongues, all ducking meaning,
all stuck with one skill, 2-legged stools chucked across the room
in what won’t become a bar fight, trucked out in leets and burbelows,
a few of the ruck of euphemisms, puckish, schmucky, tucked up in
scientific covers, struck dumb by embarrassment. As if the word, in all its
infinite uses, snuck out its window and took off to smoke and drink
with other trashy euphemisims, or sucked itself down its throat
and chucked itself back up, unrecognizable,
instead of marching out, its own parade of every part and participle
words can huck across the laid-down lawn of language.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 19, Issue 3.
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The editors of Cider Press Review are delighted to be able to announce our nominations for the 2016 Pushcart Prize:
“North Window” by Carlie Hoffman (Vol. 18, Issue 2)
“Luminescence” by Amorak Huey (Vol. 18, Issue 1)
“To Wanderlust” by Allison Joseph (Vol. 18, Issue 1)
“Concrete Noun, Abstract Noun, Emotion, Memory” by Devon Miller-Duggan (Vol. 18, Issue 2)
“After Bobby Jindal Posed as White in his Portrait” by Steven Sanchez (Vol. 18, Issue 2)
“A Man Tells You What is Good” by Mary Stone (Vol. 18, Issue 3)
Congratulations to our authors for their fine work.