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Volume 17, Issue 3 is Now Online

CPR Volume 17, Issue 3Cider 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.

Sleepy Hollows
by Elise Gregory

The dead hen needed burying
before the kids saw her bent neck
and red comb in the muck.

The vixen must have dropped her,
disturbed by one of us, though brazen
enough to cull my birds in broad day.

Stiff now, the hen had been dead
for an hour or more. A waste.
Somewhere on the bluff the vixen
eyed me: sheep danced in dumb panic
and goats’ hair perked like quills.

Half our flock fed the kits hidden
uphill. I’d become a deranged shepherd
herding rocks: the hens froze
as the fox picked and ran.

Once I crashed after the brassy tail
(a pregnant Elmer Fudd),
’til she dropped one. The hen scooted
off, a cloud of weird feathers,
while the others screamed in place.

Once I’d wanted a bungalow, green prairie
scattered with chickens, me dying wool
while sun-spotted kids collected eggs
in baskets, and I’d write about leeks,
scarlet carrots like a lesser Robert Frost.

I sweated over the hole–
belly kicking against the clay–
and pushed the unwieldy feet inside.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 3.

placesaver2Elise Gregory manages six sheep, two goats, ten laying hens, three boy children, and one husband. Her poems have appeared online or in print at Redactions, Sweet, Verse Wisconsin, Hubbub, and elsewhere. She’s collaborating with an artist on a collection of humorous farm haiku and ink washes.

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