Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 1, is now online. Enjoy new poems by Maria Sanz (translated by Lola Hidalgo-Calle and Mark Putnam), Tim Cresswell, M.K. Foster, Colin Schmidt, Yehoshua November, LeRoy Sorensen, Yuko Taniguchi, Ben Debus, Mary Moore, Elijah Burrell, Charles Harper Webb, Amorak Huey, Allison Joseph, Cassandra Cleghorn, Jennifer Highland, Danielle Mitchell, Michael Hurley, Judy Kronenefeld, Amanda Doster, Laurie Klein, Daryl Jones, T.J. Sandella, Janet Hagelgans, Doug Ramspeck, Jennifer Bullis, Tina Richardson, Lynn Schmeidler. With reviews of Ada Limon and Kristina Marie Darling by Dave Seter and Donna Vorreyer.
At the battered table, streaked with paint
like time-lapse stars, caught in their courses,
we lean in. A spindle creaks.
Oxidized fan blades
spin above the sad white plate
and stir the perfume of apples, sliced open.
One human eclipse, it seems,
calls forth another: Pain spills.
We drink too much tea,
and rungs underfoot, loose in their joints,
do not steady the feet. Chills corner
wool sweaters, roughen the snags
like a tale abandoned, mid-sleeve.
If we were to paint inertia, we’d need
a canvas, cratered, like that lesser moon
in Jupiter’s shadow. Please,
speak softly about our parents,
even pray aloud, but know that inwardly,
we orbit a black hole, try to somehow
manage what cannot be borne.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 1.
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