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CPR Volume 15-1 Is Now Online

Cider Press review, Volume 15, Issue 1 is now online, featuring new poems from Suzanne Allen, Adrienne Drobnies, Una Nichols Hynum, Jessica Jewell, Adela Najarro, Ann Pelletier, Linda Pennisi, Terry Savoie, Lauren Shimulunas, Brian Simoneau, Carole A. Stasiowski, and Charles Wyatt.  L. S. Bassen reviews Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, by Tess Gallagher and Anne Babson reviews Tim Earley’s The Spooking of Mavens.  Also read “Dear Morning after the Moon Kept Me Awake,” from Susan Laughter Meyers’s forthcoming book, My Dear, Dear, Stagger Grass, winner of the 2012 Cider Press Review Editors Prize.

Ring Dance
by Adrienne Drobnies

It’s possible we once danced by the light of the solstice moon,
runcible drunk, hunched over streetcar tracks to flatten a penny—
the only coin we had to offer against a thundering weight.
We don’t know whether passion will be renewed
at the same address on Ossington Avenue, where ceiling plaster
sprinkled our hair like crumbly feta, garnish to the salt stink of pleasure.
Can we count on postal carriers to negotiate a contract for delivery of nothing
but billets doux and arrangements for assignations at sea?
Will the local library lend us its volumes on love
so thigh to thigh we can sit down again
to read instructions for how to fill an empty vessel?
Will we flip to the page with the pop-up mast,
and lash ourselves to it, each siren to the other?
However demented we become, the moon will shift its light
all night on the water and twist itself into rings
we bought for one flattened penny.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 15, Issue 1.

Adrienne Drobnies grew up in Texas and California. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Some of the journals where her poetry has appeared include The Toronto Quarterly, Scrivener, The Sow’s Ear Review, Popshot, and Ibbetson Street. Her long poem, “Randonnées,” was a finalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) literary award for poetry in 2009. Her website is

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Tending the Fire,
by Brian Simoneau

There are stars so far away

their light has yet to reach us

and when it finally shines

on us, the stars themselves

will have already fizzled out.

The things of this world

never go away—matter’s

neither created nor destroyed.

A log in the fireplace, hushed

voices in the night, you can see

the universe at work: a knot pops,

becomes smoke, heat, light, ash.

It’s said that the dead live on

in the memories of the living.

That’s also where they’re always

leaving. Sparks bursting bear little

likeness to the smoldering

piles of morning’s first light.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 15, Issue 1.

Brian SimoneauBrian Simoneau’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boulevard, Cave Wall, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, The Georgia Review, North American Review, Salamander, and other journals. His work is also included in Two Weeks: A Digital Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. He lives in Boston with his wife and their two young daughters.

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