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CPR Volume 16, issue 2 is Now Online

CPR Volume 16, Issue 2 Now Online

The latest issue of Cider Press Review, Volume 16, Issue 2, premiered overnight April 1, 2014 starting at midnight (PST).

Volume 16, Issue 2 includes new work by Ann Hudson, Joannie Stangeland, Michael G. Smith, Carol Ellis, Melanie Tague, Libby Bernardin, Shawn Fawson, Mercedes Lawry, Simon Perchik, Jeremy Windham, Ace Boggess, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Paul Dickey, Matthew Zingg, Gregory Crosby, Karen Locascio, Amie Keddy, Heather Lang, Deborah Bacharach, Anne Harding Woodworth, John Bradley, Christine Butterworth-McDermott, and Joan Colby.CPR editors review new books by Jeanette Clough, Ellen Bryant Voigt, and Joanne Diaz.

Read Cider Press Review, Volume 16, issue 2 here.



by Ann Hudson

I know enough to know it’s not spring
until I see the snowfence coming down.
Today, between the highway and the lake
orange-vested men roll up the cedar-slatted
fence into giant spools. I always thought
it was there to block the wind, but this winter learned
it’s there to slow the current of air enough
so it unloads its snow in a predictable drift, the way
sand gathers just beyond a piece of driftwood
and becomes a dune. Fetch, I read, is the distance
the wind can lift the snow before it resettles.
I’m glad to see the snowfence coming down,
the dunes of snow it culls from the gusting air
gone for another half a year. It’s spring.
Too cold for boats, Belmont Harbor is empty
and blue. Fetch, I think, as I lob sticks
across the mirrored water as far as I can.


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

Ann Hudson

Ann Hudson’s first book, The Armillary Sphere, was selected by Mary Kinzie as the winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and published by Ohio University Press.  Recent work has appeared in Chautauqua, Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner.  She lives in the Chicago area.

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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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