Cider Press Review’s inaugural web issue, CPR Volume 14, Issue 1, is now online. Read new work by Aran Donovan, Mercedes Lawry, Daye Phillippo, Janet Barry, Athena Kildegaard, Luke Whisnant, Tim Suermondt, James Cox, Wendy Drexler, Jin Cordaro, Ronda Broatch, Julia Esacove, Stan Sanvel Rubin, Cory McClellan, René Char, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Sharon Olson, Jennifer Finstrom, Sandra Stone, Laura J. Martin, Doug Ramspeck, and Sara Dailey. Read the issue online today; download a Kindle version from Amazon next week.
I try not eating the chocolate one with sprinkles
and I don’t succeed—my pledge to my diet dies,
but the taste validates my backsliding, the fine
smudge on my lips beautiful as lipstick on a woman.
Someone wrote “the great beauty of the world”—
maybe I did, I can’t be sure—and I believe the words.
I remember the ugly of the past and I know the worst
of the future is already gearing up to make its visit—
I finish the doughnut, clean away the evidence
and head back to the couch to finish a book I love.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 14, Issue 1.
The Editors of Cider Press Review would like to congratulate our 2011 Pushcart Prize nominees:
Read their nominated poems online in Cider Press Review, Volume 12.