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CPR Best of Volume 16 Now Available

CPR Volume 16 Front CoverAfter more than a week of stuffing envelopes, the hard-copy “Best of Volume 16” Cider Press Review is on its way to contributors, subscribers, and former Book Award contest entrants.

The “Best of” issue features poems by Rebecca Baggett, Carol Berg, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Maggie Blake, Ace Boggess, John Bradley, Christine Butterworth-McDermott, Sharon Chmielarz, Lisa J. Cihlar, Joan Colby, Michael Collins, Gemma Cooper-Novack, Jimmie Cumbie, Carol V. Davis, Paul Dickey, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Carol Ellis, Sarah Estes, David Eye, Evelyn Clark Farbman, Shawn Fawson, Janice Greenwood, David Hathwell, Gary Hawkins, Sara Henning, Brian Patrick Heston, Louisa Howerow, Ann Hudson, Amie Keddy, Heather Lang, Susanna Lang, Mercedes Lawry, Bernadette McBride, Amy Meckler, Colleen Michaels, Nancy Carol Moody, Carolyn Moore, Mary Moore, Susannah Nevison, Amy Newday, Autumn Newman, Sharon Olson, Mary Elizabeth Parker, Lynn Pedersen, Kevin Phan, Katherine Rauk, Geri Rosenzweig, Michael G. Smith, Heather Sommer, Sarah Sousa, Joannie Stangeland, Kelly Terwilliger, Lisken Van Pelt Dus, Ryan Vine, Donna Vorreyer, Chelsea Wagenaar, Mark Wagenaar, Marq Wilson, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Anne Harding Woodworth, Matthew Zingg. Book reviews by Ken Hada and Gary Leising.

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by Ann Hudson

I know enough to know it’s not spring
until I see the snowfence coming down.
Today, between the highway and the lake
orange-vested men roll up the cedar-slatted
fence into giant spools. I always thought
it was there to block the wind, but this winter learned
it’s there to slow the current of air enough
so it unloads its snow in a predictable drift, the way
sand gathers just beyond a piece of driftwood
and becomes a dune. Fetch, I read, is the distance
the wind can lift the snow before it resettles.
I’m glad to see the snowfence coming down,
the dunes of snow it culls from the gusting air
gone for another half a year. It’s spring.
Too cold for boats, Belmont Harbor is empty
and blue. Fetch, I think, as I lob sticks
across the mirrored water as far as I can.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 2.

Ann Hudson

Ann Hudson’s first book, The Armillary Sphere, was selected by Mary Kinzie as the winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and published by Ohio University Press.  Recent work has appeared in Chautauqua, Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner.  She lives in the Chicago area.

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