Tag Archives: April 2017

Mirthful Elm on the Edge of the Lawn, Perhaps Beside an Elated Basket of Laundry (Bob Ross)
by Catherine Moore

Once there was an undirected graph
an arbiter between earth and sky

a happy conflict between the line
and none, the back and forth of push

maybe in our world, a root
swallowed, some atrocity coos

beneath the buried lines
of this water tap.

Under the lean reserve.
And in this portrait,

layer after darker layer,
this sketch of lovely madness

on the merciless branch
beside a pitch raptor

or a chance fruit bit
of a poisoned fable,

am I the linen-washed duvet
draping your outstretched limb?


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 19, Issue 1.

Catherine Moore Catherine Moore’s work has or will appear in Tahoma Literary Review, Southeast Review, Southampton Review, Blue Fifth Review, and in anthologies most recently by Pankhearst Press. She is the winner of the Southeast Review’s 2014 Gearhart poetry prize and has a chapbook “Story” published by Finishing Line Press. Catherine holds an MFA from the University of Tampa. She is tweetable @CatPoetic.

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In the Dress Of Mirrors
by Mary Moore

The window enters Amanda through her eyes,
the same window that changes the leaves
each day, where finches flit like thoughts
tousling her hair, rustling in the eaves
of her. This may involve a new grammar:
the vertigo at the top of the stairs lolls
in her calves; hello and farewell stammer
on her tongue; and the urge to walk out
of the room, the life, itches at her heels
like wing buds. You want to enter the thoughts
and rooms of her now like the flexions
of leaf light at the glass, the rising notes
of questions. But she’s opaque as a dress
of quicksilver and will not let you look in.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 19, Issue 1.

Mary MooreMary B. Moore’s books include the full-length Flicker, winner of the 2016 Dogfish Head award, and Eating the Light, winner of Sable Books’ 2016 chapbook award.  Cleveland U. published The Book Of Snow (1998).  Amanda and the Man Soul (winner of EMRYS chapbook prize) is forthcoming  in late 2017.

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by Simon Perchik

To live like that, listening
as the sudden dive to the bottom
and though your mouth longs for a sea

death happens wherever water goes
–you hear the rain passing by
with shells and salt flaking off

from a dress that is still new
covered with moss and grieving
–you slip your hand through

as if each sleeve over and over
is filled with moss not yet blossoming
where the branches at the top

dig themselves in, opening the Earth
and the small stones that are your lips
filled with falling and thirst.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 19, Issue 1.

Simon PerchikSimon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). Visit www.simonperchik.com.

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