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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.

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by Kevin Phan

Fridays, too, I’d lie on a beach towel
within an umbrella’s flood-shadow

at the Marion Municipal Pool.
My mother chain-smoked in gray

hometown air, her uncoupling mind a field
of long division. I never swelled

with joy, never in the merry-go-round
of her arms. She commanded

the toddlers in the kiddie pool
to rest. I ate ice pops & pop rocks

with quarter Cokes & filled
the margins of green notebooks

with scrawls to identify
my inner constellations:

a maestro orchestrated fleas,
a wildflower time machine.

A jock pinned a kiss on a bikini
in the cerulean blue deep-end.

In the roped off swim lane
a geezer struggled to detach

a pair of flippers. From the opposite side
of the chain link fence Lenny Baker

jabbed a chick-o-stick into my shoulder.
I got dizzy under my mother’s sunburnt

face. Chlorinated waves popped
at my eardrums. What I know now is what

a child couldn’t understand,
how a mind’s lifetime recession happens

chemical-by-chemical, first in the face,
then all the way back. Translating sticks,

leaves, & mown grass into a wreath,
mother crowned me king, said

no honey, beautiful exhibitionist. You are
not falling. The world turns upside down.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 3.

Kevin PhanKevin Phan holds an MFA  from the University of Michigan and a BA from the University of Iowa, and was a Fellow for the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in 2001. Currently, he earns wages as a Helen Zell Writer’s Fellow Postgraduate Fellow from the University of Michigan, where he won the Theodore Roethke and the Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prizes.

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Cider Press Review Volume 16, Issue 3 Debuts July 1

CPR Volume 16, Issue 3The latest issue of Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 3, premiers overnight July 1, 2014 starting at midnight (PST).

Volume 16, Issue 3 includes poems by Nancy Carol Moody, Maggie Blake, Gemma Cooper-Novack, Jose Araguz, Carol V. Davis, Colleen Michaels, Mary Moore, Kevin Phan, Diane Lockward, Gary Hawkins, Sandra Marchetti, Carol Berg, Andrea Potos, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Lisa Cihlar, S. Jordan, Marq Wilson, Jimmie Cumbie, Louisa Howerow, Mark Wagenaar, Susannah Nevison, Sarah Henning, Rebecca Baggett, Evelyn Farbman, and Sharon Chmielarz. Review of Anthony DiMatteo’s “Beautiful Problems: Poems” by Susana H. Case.