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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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Bankruptcy in Ellettsville, Indiana
by Paul Dickey

Once language exists only to convey
information, it is dying…

Richard Hugo, The Triggering Town.

The bank’s vault, loaded with
the once friendly girls
and cash, dropped off
the map last night.
Men in black suits

were seen on the outskirts
of town, snuggling our tomorrows.
Hymnals fled out of state,
passing young and virtuous
fields of sweet air.

We went home for our axes,
broke open the safe
for anything legally ours,
but by time we got there,
the metal hummed

a train’s sad whistle.
The corn grew back taller
in its sweet time,
produced sons and daughters –
though our wives

had run off with any moon
or star that would have them.


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

placesaverPaul Dickey is a poet and philosophy instructor in Omaha. Dickey’s second book of poems, Wires Over the Homeplace was published in September, 2013 by Pinyon Publishing. His first book of poems, They Say This is How Death Came Into the World was published in 2011 by Mayapple Press.

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