Indulge in poems by Kelly Cressio-Moeller, Devon Miller-Duggan, Alice B. Fogel, Mary Moore, Tim Miller, Kelly Lenox, Kathryn Merwin, Simon Anton Niño Diego Baena, Katie Riley, Gail DiMaggio, Diana Gordon, Suzanne Langlois, Eve Linn, Elizabeth Paul, and Avery M. Guess. New book reviews of A Provisional Map of the Lost Continent, by Gregory Mahrer (reviewed by Gwynn O’Gara) and Illusion of an Overwhelm by Jon Amen, (reviewed by Erica Goss).
In the electric air, perched on the hard ledge
of the bathtub, I smelled pine needles, burning dust.
Inscrutable as a Sybil, submerged in still water,
your body. One arm dangling over the rim.
Your breasts–– rust brown circles surround elongated
nipples. Sunflowers, I thought. Mine, a small rise, nub pink.
I curled my toes on the bathmat. You stood up.
Along the bottom of the tub, your heels squelched.
You bent to pull the stopper, buttocks puckered,
your spine a string of buttons with no dress––
Folded over yourself––a small wingless bird,
with not even feathers for cover. A tangle, your pubic hair.
A spiral of honey bees rises from a domed glass bottle.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 19, Issue 3.
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