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CPR Volume 18, Issue 5 is now online.

Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 5, is now online. Yeah, you heard right…, Issue 5. We’re shifting our new volume year to begin in April starting in 2017. For now, enjoy a special BONUS issue to Volume 18 with new poems by Laura Falsetti, Sara Henning, Elizabeth Onusko, Alyssa Jewell, John A. Nieves, Hayden Saunier, Wendy Drexler, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Alina Borger, Sarah Carleton, Allyson Jeffredo, Wendy DeGroat, Charlotte Covey, Judith Montgomery, Carmen Germain, and Christopher Citro. Stay tuned later in the month for new reviews by Jeff Whitney and Barbara L. Estrin.

The Ferry Keeper
by Judith Montgomery

becomes the only boat. Lays
her body flat, bellying black

water that sucks below the dock.
Her chest a prow, her face the fixed

gaze of a figurehead. Steadied
against drift, she shivers as her pale

ill family clambers in. Stem and
stern, they shift from pain to place,

wanting not to spill into oblivion.
Their crutches, tanks of oxygen,

prop stiff on her thwarts. Setting
match to wick and wax, her parents

light one candle to counter dark,
set it to burn at her hull of bone,

while bearded medics fumble loose
the rope. Cast off, her boarders brace

their feet against the staves of her
ribs, arrange an offering of coins,

glitter about the shadowed candle.
Unmoored, she swims toward

a horizon never compassed, bearing
her burdens on her back. The candle’s

hot wax sears the keel that is her
spine. Buoyed between fire and water,

she strokes toward what she must believe
to be the other shore.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 5.

Judith Montgomery is the author of Passion (2000 Oregon Book Award), Red Jess, and Pulse & Constellation. Her poems appear in Ars Medica, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Hunger Mountain, and elsewhere,

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Volume 17, Issue 2 is now online

vol17iss2_cover_webCider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 2 is now online. Enjoy new poems and reviews by Katherine L. Holmes, Hillary Kobernick, M Ross Henry, Richard Dinges, Jr., Mario Melendez, Eloisa Amezcua, David Koehn, Lois P. Jones, Rhiannon Thorne, Katie Manning, Meredith McDonough, Devon Miller-Duggan, Francesca Bell, George Drew, Virginia Bell, Maggie Rosen, Colleen Michaels, Michael Albright, Karen Terrey, Judith Montgomery, Catherine Hodges, Ross Losapio, Billy Reynolds, Ed Bennett, Gary Leasing and Raphael Kosek.