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Drizzling Ghazal
by Alison Stone

Picnic—We flirt and eat cake in the rain.
Bad actors banter and run through fake rain.

Classics’ women vanquished by weather. They
faint in heat, take sick from wind, shake in rain.

Two low-yield years. Barn mortgaged, fields planted,
the farmer waits—so much at stake—for rain.

Does anything depend on these nut-brown
ducks next to a silver rake in the rain?

Camp memories—Color Wars, burnt s’mores, scent
of pine. Her first kiss. A snake in the rain.

Centuries of harassment, abuse. Time’s
Up, women chant. Buried seeds wake in rain.

The drizzle. The stray ball. The child. The truck.
What happens next? Can he brake in the rain?

Bodies absorb sorrow. The earth takes back
our bones. Flame swallows paper; the lake, rain.

What do the old know? What secrets hide in
lines, whisper from joints that ache in the rain?

Too much screen-time. Up your exposure to
flowers, Alison, your intake of rain.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 1.

Alison StoneAlison Stone has published five poetry collections, including Ordinary Magic, (NYQ Books, 2016), Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin award. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. www.stonepoetry.org www.stonetarot.com

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This time of year
by Sherry Rind

everybody’s making holes

the chicks scratch through their litter
only to find yesterday’s news beneath

the flickers peck the earth for ants
and enlarge their home in the alder

my nephew’s son cries out
when every hole in the bath fills up

I dig post-holes for the new fence
and little divots in a row for peas

and tiny needle-holes
across the sheer fabric of a summer dress

and my heart dissolves
in the space between your coming and going

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 1.

Sherry RindSherry Rind is the author of four collections of poetry and editor of two books about Airedale terriers. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Anhinga Press, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, and King County Arts Commission. Her poems have appeared recently in Cloudbank, Marathon Literary Review, Crosswinds, Weatherbeaten, Shark Reef Review, and others.

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Common Plants of Nunavut
by Caroline Goodwin

MOUNTAIN AVENS

This is when the birds start to lay eggs. And this
one starts to uncoil. Today the sky is most unfriendly.

Downright hostile, one could say. All pallid, all doughy, all
globule, all spasm, all unshapely, all unspun. When at last

they can’t find you anywhere, they remove the breathing
tube. Every scrap of cloth. It is dream it is denim it is done.

It is the caribou thundering off.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 1.

caroline-goodwinCaroline Goodwin’s books are Trapline, Peregrine and The Paper Tree. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, she currently teaches at California College of the Arts and the Stanford Writer’s Studio. From 2014 – 16 she served as the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. Website: carolinegoodw.com

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