Cider Press Review’s inaugural web issue, CPR Volume 14, Issue 1, is now online. Read new work by Aran Donovan, Mercedes Lawry, Daye Phillippo, Janet Barry, Athena Kildegaard, Luke Whisnant, Tim Suermondt, James Cox, Wendy Drexler, Jin Cordaro, Ronda Broatch, Julia Esacove, Stan Sanvel Rubin, Cory McClellan, René Char, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Sharon Olson, Jennifer Finstrom, Sandra Stone, Laura J. Martin, Doug Ramspeck, and Sara Dailey. Read the issue online today; download a Kindle version from Amazon next week.
Imagine that the world of the etching
isn’t as small as it seems; it will contain
what you bring with you. See how the area
around the trees and the little thatch-roofed building
is open and empty. A single fencepost casting
its shadow on the ground hints at the fact
that someone else was once here, but whoever
they were, they are gone now, and the little house
is vacant. Behind it, the lop-sided tower waits,
like history, to take you in, and if there is a past here,
there must also be a future. Follow your gaze
up past the tower’s disintegrating stones
where the etching seems to end. The sky there,
too, is vast, and at night will be an ancient pot
boiling with stars. You will want your trusted
constellations with you in the long rural darkness,
your hunting dogs and dark crow, the two shambling
bears to frighten away the wolves. As the frame
opens outward, you will smell the unharvested hay,
sheep calling as if they are lost, the wind
of another century. Trees take on color as you
step inside. The sky fills slowly up with blue.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 14, Issue 1.