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CPR Best of Volume 16 Now Available

CPR Volume 16 Front CoverAfter more than a week of stuffing envelopes, the hard-copy “Best of Volume 16” Cider Press Review is on its way to contributors, subscribers, and former Book Award contest entrants.

The “Best of” issue features poems by Rebecca Baggett, Carol Berg, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Maggie Blake, Ace Boggess, John Bradley, Christine Butterworth-McDermott, Sharon Chmielarz, Lisa J. Cihlar, Joan Colby, Michael Collins, Gemma Cooper-Novack, Jimmie Cumbie, Carol V. Davis, Paul Dickey, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Carol Ellis, Sarah Estes, David Eye, Evelyn Clark Farbman, Shawn Fawson, Janice Greenwood, David Hathwell, Gary Hawkins, Sara Henning, Brian Patrick Heston, Louisa Howerow, Ann Hudson, Amie Keddy, Heather Lang, Susanna Lang, Mercedes Lawry, Bernadette McBride, Amy Meckler, Colleen Michaels, Nancy Carol Moody, Carolyn Moore, Mary Moore, Susannah Nevison, Amy Newday, Autumn Newman, Sharon Olson, Mary Elizabeth Parker, Lynn Pedersen, Kevin Phan, Katherine Rauk, Geri Rosenzweig, Michael G. Smith, Heather Sommer, Sarah Sousa, Joannie Stangeland, Kelly Terwilliger, Lisken Van Pelt Dus, Ryan Vine, Donna Vorreyer, Chelsea Wagenaar, Mark Wagenaar, Marq Wilson, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Anne Harding Woodworth, Matthew Zingg. Book reviews by Ken Hada and Gary Leising.

To order your own or extra copies, please visit the CPR Bookstore.

by Kelly Terwilliger

note: On October 18, 2011, Terry Thompson released 56 exotic animals from his Muskingum County Animal Farm before shooting himself in the head. In an effort to protect the public, the police killed 49 of the animals as they roamed Zanesville, OH.

A man who gives up might think
he is leaving the world simpler
but he sets his beasts among us.
They wander out at twilight
a scattering
of ordinary leaves
rustling with the same dry sounds
they have always made this time of year.

And the wind moves through the trees,
a grandfather
ruffling the heads of children bent over books
in which tigers and lions and bears
step out of dreams and walk the streets

and the wind strokes their fur
which is soft, like the fur of rabbits, and full
of a secret light that stays on your hands
long after you have touched it.

In the story the animals are never hungry
for more than a little cake. They climb
into the zookeeper’s bed
wanting only to be closer to human. We feel them
nestled around us, breathing as we breathe.

But now: it is run, and dive, and lunge, alarm
as real as gravel and tires driving into the hard wet night.
The highway roars, the rain refracts each beam of light
into passing chrysanthemums, dying red
and white, and red and white. A long dark cat
skims shadows. A monkey climbs higher in the trees.
They must be shot before they go too far.

Before they escape
what we imagine them to be.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 4.

Kelly TerwilligerKelly Terwilliger’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, Poet Lore, The Comstock Review and other journals. Her chapbook, A Glimpse of Oranges, was published by Finishing Line Press. She is a storyteller and writer-in-residence in public schools in Oregon.

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CPR Volume 13 off to the Printer

Cider Press Review, Volume 13A little late (but no later than last year), CPR Volume 13 is now on its way to the printer!

Volume 13 features new work from, Anne Babson, Vicki Bee, Kate Bernadette Benedict, Alyse Bensel, Laura Bontrager, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Marilyn Cavicchia, Elizabeth Chapman, René Char, Sharon Chmielarz, Christina Cook, Niamh Corcoran, Brittney Corrigan, J. P. Dancing Bear, Aran Donovan, Juditha Dowd, Renée Emerson, David Filer, Derek Furr, Alan Gann, Taylor Graham, Cindy W. Gutierrez, Jennifer Habel, John Hart, Chris Haven, Lauren Hilger, Carol Hobbs, Louisa Howerow, Donna Hunt, Danielle Jones-Pruett, Peycho Kanev, Ray Keifetz, Katie Kingston, Ellen Kombiyil, Susanna Lang, Nylah Lyman, Joan Mazza, Bernadette McBride, Cory McClellan, Sandy McCord, Gerardo Mena, Mary Elizabeth Parker, Thomas A. Pepperz, David Petruzelli, Tasha Pippin, Lynne Potts, Katharine Rauk, Claudia Serea, Eric Paul Shaffer, Myra Shapiro, James Siegel, Karen Skolfield, Michael G. Smith, Heather Sommer, Robert Spiegel, Alison Stone, Catherine Strisik, Jonathan Jay Taylor, Kelly Terwilliger, Gail Thomas, Dwayne Thorpe, Christine Tierney, Ryan Vine, Donna Vorreyer, Mark Wagenaar, Kathleen Weaver, Peter Weltner, Luke Whisnant, and Kelley Jean White.

Copies of Volume 13 will be available in both print and ebook formats by the end of June, 2012.