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CPR Volume 20, Issue 3, October, 2018

With Time
by Brian Satrom

I’m the one to hollow the pumpkin and carve a face.
The doorbell rings again. You adore the children
tonight in their costumes. A warm night.
We have no costumes, just the two of us
and the space between forming a shape we keep repeating.
My turn to go and hand out candy. We finally threw away
the photo from the booth that merged our faces,
a composite to show what a daughter of ours
might look like. She looked freaky not being real.
This isn’t yours alone to carry, isn’t your failure.
We won’t let us drift apart, but there’s nothing
to work on or figure out. With time you’ll say
your body doesn’t crave being a mother anymore.
You can’t say it now, your silence
a place into which I don’t know how to follow you.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 20, Issue 3.

Brian SatromBrian Satrom’s home is in Minneapolis, but he also lived in L.A. for many years, among other places, and completed an MFA at the University of Maryland. His poetry has appeared in journals like The Laurel Review, Poetry Northwest, MAYDAY Magazine, and TAB, the latter nominating his work for a Pushcart Prize. His book reviews have appeared in MAYDAY and on Colorado Review’s Center for Literary Publishing website.

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Matins, S.C.
by Alex Miller

Morning in those fields is the prickled fur
of a fox weaving through thickets,

or a raccoon, or the mussed pelt of a deer
matted with witch-hazel gums and sedum.

Above the brush a stratosphere of dragonflies,
some flinty dun, some caribbean chartreuse.

The earth sweats leprous sweetness. And you wake up
settled but placeless, purblind, half asleep,

saying the litany of things.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 20, Issue 3.

Alex MillerAlex Miller is the co-author of A Bow From My Shadow, a collection of poems written in dialogue with poems by Luke Irwin (Ecco Qua Press, 2013). His work has appeared in The Cortland Review, Measure, The Adirondack Review, Pif, The Curator, and Lake Effect. He is a Lecturer in Western Literature at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, and an English teacher.

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Along the Edge of the Mad
by Suzanne Rogier Marshall

A tumble-rush, whitewater roar, the river races, mad
as its name, over cobble

and ledge. Kingfisher rattling overhead, I wander
a jumble of boulders beached at its edge –

granite hump-backed, sun-bleached, streaked
in ochre and dun, glint of quartz.

Amid this wild scatter, a rock the shape of my heart –
two lobes tapered to a point,

tumbled, humbled by water, grit, the hone of time,
ground down. Once jagged, sharp,

now weathered, worn smooth. A heart I can hide
in a pocket, hold in my hand.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 20, Issue 3.

Suzanne Rogier MarshallSuzanne Rogier Marshall taught English to middle school students for nearly forty years, publishing several professional articles and a book on teaching poetry. Her poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Heartwood Literary Journal, Up North Literary Journal, Portage Magazine, Watershed Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and other journals and anthologies. She is the author of Blood Knot, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press in 2015.

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