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).
Summers ago we skirted the low roads
in West Virginia where the wear of tires
became a human scream as a train
whistle caught up with us.
I clutched your flesh under ragged
gray cotton, felt your lowest rib.
Even in quiet moments, God remembers
reaching through Adam’s chest
to steal that rib.
At the intersection of a dead road,
where a black and bone sign points
to where route 62 unravels east and west,
choose the one you can’t live without—
the bad habit you can’t break.
Last summer I rode west on 62 to a house
pummeled by rain, a home full of you.
How daring the redwing black bird clings
to a seed head
while the traffic, uncaring, passes.
Trees grow against the blood
of the horizon, and I turn to the thick taste
of wood smoke, to carefully clipped
lawns under chill street lights.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 19, Issue 3.
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