Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 3 is now online. Enjoy new poems by M. Ross Henry, Carmen Germain, Catherine Moore, Erin Rodoni, Sarina Bosco, Diana Smith Bolton, SarahJordan Stout, Christina Seymour, Jan Bottiglieri, Sara Henning, Allison Joseph, Corrie Williams Kentner, Anthony Botti, Kathleen Brewin Lewis, Doug Ramspeck, Elise Gregory, Julia Bouwsma, Knud Sorensen (Translated by Michael Goldman), Jess Williard, Adam Penna, Jennifer Stewart Miller, Katie Manning, Eloisa Amezcua, Givhan Jennifer, Ann E. Michael, Simon Perchik, Sara Biggs Chaney, Jacqueline Balderrama, Alessandra Bava, Tina Richardson, and Alina Stefanescu. Reviews of Spencer Reece, Laura Madeline Wiseman, and Anne Marie Macari by David Seter, Corrinne Adams, and Cindy Snow.
(for Jackson Pollock and Ruth Kligman, artists & lovers, after Pollock’s last painting “Red, Black & Silver”)
It was the summer of illicit
Those hands that dripped paint
would also hold Ruth (his mistress) on the rug
in her attic. His brush collecting
polar bear hair at each kiss would
later do the magic.
painting—orange, gray & bluish hues
a present of liquid color
She would hold on to it
(as to him) forever.
That’s what she thought,
the night he had stormed into that
crummy-looking bar as a blowing
trumpet. Given the chance,
she had told him how—
watching a black & white painting of
his months earlier—
she had surrendered to
the awe, the spiraling
beauty, the rivers of lines flooding her
with his rage & the omnivorous breaking of his
That’s what she thought
when his Oldsmobile convertible
and crashed, leaving
and her alive—
full of scars—
much like that empty pool of color
holding polar bear hair in it:
his very last token of
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 3.
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