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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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The World’s Sadness Roosts Inside Me
by Michael G. Smith

Febrile, it is a wraith
pecking like a pair of doves,
creaky as the lone

Antarctic ice sheet,
3 P.M. sun slanted down
dog-tired time.

Steadfast, I trundle
over the chipped concrete walk
beneath a cottonwood’s yellow

leaves held by the bright
light. Smart children rush
through the school gate.

My smile says its echoes
are curveballs thrown
by the real.
 

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

Michael G. SmithMichael G. Smith is a chemist. No Small Things, a book of poetry, will be published in the summer of 2014 (Tres Chicas Press, Santa Fe, NM). Ancient Fir, Climbing, his poem published in this issue of Cider Press Review, was written while he was a writing resident of the Spring Creek Project (Oregon State University) at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.

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Ancient Fir, Climbing
by Michael G. Smith

Carabinered to a braided rope and dangling
ten feet off the ground, things change,

like suddenly there are too many questions
about the physics of friction versus gravity,

but the shy, awkward boy zips through space,
waves from above the first fan branch eighty

feet higher than ground. You have game
you say, the only matter is repose into harness,

lift the ascenders, push against the stirrups
body bent, extending, bent againagainagain,

an inchworm climbing. You pray to the physics
of friction, you pray to the molecular bonds

of rope. Twenty sweaty minutes later
you touch fan branch’s built soil, rub lichen,

lobelia and fern, then find yourself shaking
laughing man’s soft hand on this wispy

April day, wind and rain sweeping in.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 2.

Michael G. SmithMichael G. Smith is a chemist. No Small Things, a book of poetry, will be published in the summer of 2014 (Tres Chicas Press, Santa Fe, NM). Ancient Fir, Climbing, his poem published in this issue of Cider Press Review, was written while he was a writing resident of the Spring Creek Project (Oregon State University) at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest.

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Visit Michael G. Smith’s contributors page.