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CPR Volume 21, Issue 1, April, 2019

Clear Cut
by Chanel Brenner

It falls from my binder,
cherry crayon streaks
ripen in sun, LOVE RILEY—

a valentine from my son,
three weeks before he died,

cutout paper once a tree,
before its felling,
and reduction to pulp.

I pick up the heart,
hold it like a seed I’ll save

to grow an oak.
I couldn’t answer
his question,

Mommy, does paper
remember being a tree?


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

Chanel BrennerChanel Brenner is the author of Vanilla Milk: a memoir told in poems, (Silver Birch Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the 2016 Independent Book Awards and honorable mention in the 2014 Eric Hoffer awards. Her poems have appeared in New Ohio Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, Muzzle Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Spry Literary Journal, Barrow Street, Salamander, and others. Her poem, “July 28th, 2012” won first prize in The Write Place At the Write Time’s contest, judged by Ellen Bass.

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What Were You, Before
by Judith Montgomery

you slipped into your flesh suit,
its rosy padding, and zipped it up,

little latch throbbing in your throat?
A slide of light, sip of mother blood-

breath? Until you loosed the pulsing
cord to swim into this next world—

passage to desire. Incarnate, yielding
to succulence and savor—crush

of almond marzipan upon the tongue,
ooze of cool mud between toes

in August’s sweat-dogged days,
even blood’s salt sting licked from

the paper cut—all addictive. Once
elected, there’s no turning back from

the body’s habit, which is to say,
habitation, package wrapping that

first sip or slide, earth-lured and fiercely
clinging to vessel, to bone and flesh—

bloomed, wounded—harried, healed—
willing neither to perish, nor to pine for

the bland and dimming memory of Paradise.


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

Judith MontgomeryJudith Montgomery’s poems appear in Prairie Schooner, Cave Wall, and Rattle, among other journals, as well as in several anthologies. Her chapbook, Passion, received the 2000 Oregon Book Award for Poetry; Red Jess (Cherry Grove Collections, 2006) and Pulse & Constellation (Finishing Line Press, 2007) followed. Her second full-length collection, Litany for Wound and Bloom, will appear in 2018 from Uttered Chaos Press.

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To the Dead Striped Bass Swimming in Sunset
by Jennifer Stewart Miller

Swim on, beached beauty, agog
in the chilly marsh, aglow without
scales or skin. May the jut
of your jaw, your eyeless eyes,
guide you back to the sea. May
your body—filleted of flesh—
follow so lightly. Long, supple,
golden spine. Ribs vaulted with
air and light. Moony-white tail.
Even the waves lap you a prayer—
undulate, undulate. Striped bass—
gather up my newly dead, school
with them, show them the way
out of the still-dead April grass.


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

Jennifer Stewart MillerJennifer Stewart Miller holds an MFA from Bennington College and a JD from Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Harpur Palate, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Jabberwock Review, Raleigh Review, and other journals. She’s a Pushcart nominee, the author of A Fox Appears: a biography of a boy in haiku (self-published 2015), and lives in New York.

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