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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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by Susannah Nevison


They say you couldn’t stop
singing. All night, the needle fed
you: stripped of most of your skin,
and the room around you white with metal

refractions of light.

All night, someone stayed by the edge
of your bed, held the needle
in your ankle—the only place
fire hadn’t claimed—held you

while you kicked and sang.


After he was burned, my father

begged for more: he wanted the quiet
explosion in his blood—morphine, Demerol—

he wanted numbness to drag his veins
of memory, the skeletal trees,

his hands before him clutching
a can of gasoline. In mind’s dark,

he could bend to earth, coax
the dry snap of a flame. He could steady

his hands in time to stop
the can’s woozy cough, the slow stain

spreading down his shirt. He could imagine
it otherwise: the fire now far behind

him. But always behind him,
a man goes down, goes down

kicking among the burning trees.


And night tightened its hold. And night
slipped its hands around my neck
and I did not cry out. Each planet burned
its name into the mirror of my eye,
flushing my skull with light: isn’t this the way

I was born, the wide dark trembling, a swell
of blood pounding across distance,
forcing inlets between constellations of bone?
They say I was tied like a calf,
legs knotted for stumble. They say

I was a strange, mute animal.
Wild planets traced their circles
in my blood—my father beside me
trembling, my father steadying
his hands—the scissors
when he cut the cord.


Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 3.

Susannah NevisonSusannah Nevison is the recipient of a 2013 Academy of American Poets Larry Levis Prize, and won the 2013 American Literary Review Poetry Prize. Her first book, Teratology, won the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, and is forthcoming from Persea Books in 2015.

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Cider Press Review Volume 16, Issue 3 Debuts July 1

CPR Volume 16, Issue 3The latest issue of Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 3, premiers overnight July 1, 2014 starting at midnight (PST).

Volume 16, Issue 3 includes poems by Nancy Carol Moody, Maggie Blake, Gemma Cooper-Novack, Jose Araguz, Carol V. Davis, Colleen Michaels, Mary Moore, Kevin Phan, Diane Lockward, Gary Hawkins, Sandra Marchetti, Carol Berg, Andrea Potos, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Lisa Cihlar, S. Jordan, Marq Wilson, Jimmie Cumbie, Louisa Howerow, Mark Wagenaar, Susannah Nevison, Sarah Henning, Rebecca Baggett, Evelyn Farbman, and Sharon Chmielarz. Review of Anthony DiMatteo’s “Beautiful Problems: Poems” by Susana H. Case.