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The Red Diamond Queen
by Mary Moore

Mom’s getting even this evening,
going mum. I’m not sure why.
I bask in the silence.
She plays solitaire, flicks
a Queen over, four-
pointed red diamond:
too solid star, opaque.
No one can read her omens
and signs. She wears
a square-cut diamond
on her ring finger too:
it lets light but not seeing
through, sparks and glints
as she clicks the cards.
Seven, I’m playing
Ginny doll, dressing
and undressing her,
walking her up a chair leg.
Or I imagine we’re sliding
the phone line’s slight curve,
sheer girls whose bodies
are lenses. Look through me:
Mom can. I blur
when the rain shower
bead-dances leaves and roofs,
stutters along the wires
where Ginny and I balance.
Sunset ripens the pour
I wear, nylon girl.
I do not bask after all
in the ask and why.
I endure.
Mom shuffles the cards,
and they sigh, a slight breeze.
The diamonds and hearts
are Valentine-red, but
the spades and clubs
are dour: upside-down
hearts, black clovers.
Can I pluck luck?
She loves me….

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 4.

Mary Moore 2019Mary B. Moore’s books include the full-length Flicker, winner of the 2016 Dogfish Head award, and Eating the Light, winner of Sable Books’ 2016 chapbook award. Cleveland U. published The Book Of Snow (1998). Amanda and the Man Soul (winner of EMRYS chapbook prize) is forthcoming in late 2017.

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To the Ghost Of Humid Nights
by Mary Moore

You’re so light, sister bird-foot, you gust
and whistle up hill and down the side I
can’t quite see, where the ridges resurrect
the mist. Days, the woods gather
the warm and humid cool sets loose,
gray-blue pearls a girl might wear or be,
sway and drape, slow-dance the ridges mother.
Sister who was, then wasn’t, ghost story:
I’ve seen you haloed and pale
like the drowned, or blooded, flush
with energy, riding the woods’ luscious
scents, oak bark, humus, pine. Do you know
who whistled up the musk and gristle
we are? You’ve licked the light
off Four Pole Creek. If not flesh and bone,
gust in the mist. Earth is your mouth.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 2.

Mary Moore 2019Mary B. Moore’s books include the full-length Flicker, winner of the 2016 Dogfish Head award, and Eating the Light, winner of Sable Books’ 2016 chapbook award. Cleveland U. published The Book Of Snow (1998). Amanda and the Man Soul (winner of EMRYS chapbook prize) is forthcoming in late 2017.

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Cider Press Review Volume 19, Issue 3 is Now Online

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).

Cider Press Review Volume 19, Issue 3