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All November
by Mercedes Lawry

Crows zig past a scold of clouds.
Winds come and go in frantic bursts.
Trees hasten toward the ground,
then pleat the sky. All November
in its gray layers, humbling our hopes.

Electric light early in the day
as if day never fully expands.
Such brown left from last week’s frost,
dull, lacking vibrance.
Heartaches thrive in this late month.

The losses that had burrowed down
now return, slowly unfolding and opening
their sad eyes. You’re a little sorry
you let them go below to be choked by roots.
You’re a little guilty and so you allow them

Entrance once again to your dim house,
to sit in the red chair by the window and look
longingly at the flustered branches,
and occasionally, to look at you. You wish
you could cry and show them how much you miss them.
You wish you could wail and tear your hair.
But you can only return their look,
unflinching, and give what remains.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 4.

Mercedes Lawry has published in Poetry, Rhino, Nimrod, Poetry East and elsewhere. She’s published two chapbooks: There Are Crows in My Blood & Happy Darkness, fiction & stories & poems for children.

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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.

In Corner Pocket
by Mercedes Lawry

The paper-skin woman
was begging at the corner,
or was she asking? Perhaps
it was as simple as hope.
How many in the cars grinding past
were hungry?

Ruin had come by earlier
wearing a party dress. She said
she was giving up the ghost, but
the paper-skin woman wasn’t interested
in ghosts. Or the invisible. Or facsimiles.
The paper-skin woman had come to believe
the only thing worth saving was an anxious truth
and she knew how it carried itself
and the timbre of its voice
and how it could look pretty in the pink light of dusk.

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

Mercedes Lawry has published in Poetry, Rhino, Nimrod, Poetry East and elsewhere. She’s published two chapbooks: There Are Crows in My Blood & Happy Darkness, fiction & stories & poems for children.

See all items about Mercedes Lawry

Visit Mercedes Lawry’s contributors page.