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The Empty House

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Melissa Tuckey   Because the weight of grandmother’s death Three tables inherited from various aunts Because twelve deer grazing in a winter field Clothing worn once then tossed Because shelter, because sleep Child on the floor with a bowl of plums We loved the lack of closets The way paint on the walls could fill…

Issue 7.3, January 1978

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Table of Contents Prose Joseph M. Hinton, “(Untitled)” Poetry Edward C. Lynskey, “Gravedigger” Diane Walbrecker, “Untitled” Rick Wilson, “Scarecrow’s Dream” Andrew Wack, “Star” “Lost” Thomas M. Welsh, “Sir Bold And The Great Black Hole” Larry Weiss, “In A Sign” “Still Consciousness” L. Udall, “2 A.M.” “Regret” Sharon Leuthy, “Untitled” “Florey” “Untitled” Peg Podell, “The House…

Gravedigger

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Ed Lynskey   Call me a gravedigger. By night I shovel the moist moments away till the empty depth can hold my heart, my injured heart. Still she lies like a smirking shadow in the bottom of the black hole making me dig deeper and deeper, the grave of the lovesick fool.   Ed Lynskey…

Generosity of Attire

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Issue 38.1 Spring 2009 Rusty Morrison   You might have referred to what reconciles us, our complicitly complicated wounds. While all around us, the cloudlessness has blue as its answer. And you give it. I have no gift ready as reply. Sky, I could say, in abeyance. In abiding, but a failure might at least…

Issue 38.1, Spring 2009

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Table of Contents Special Feature Collaborative Poetry Poetry Lightsey Darst, “{Survivor}“ “{need}“ Paul Fattaruso, from Village Carved from an Elephant’s Tusk Catie Crabtree, “Hi-Def Antarctica” Rusty Morrison, “Generosity: to Quarry Stones” “Generosity of Attire” Dawn Lonsinger, “Kidney Village” “Sucralose” “Storage” Brett DeFries, “Tender” “Parable” Emily Carr, “Thirteen Ways of Happily (1st Draft)” Cathy Eisenhower, from…

Generosity: to Quarry Stones

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Issue 38.1 Spring 2009 Rusty Morrison   I am drawing your face from memory. Leaving spaces for the stones I’ve not classified, will not find. Granite striates the outcroppings at Half Dome, this is a decade past. Pillow basalt along the Coast Range of Jenner; where either of us might have been the one falling,…

December Nights

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Susan C. Waters   A cry holds the night open— I lean forward to the window: wind rubs raw through the pines and the land is full of drifts. It’s certain no one walks there, or cries, except ghosts. The further north travelled the more difficult the measure of a night—it could be a lifetime…

For Ross Elliott, Who Lived to 97

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Susan C. Waters   Fog rises tonight. All breath levitates: from every hill, valley and all the rivers, winding and plowing through the dark night. In Ohio even the breath of an old man lifts from his shell, with as much ease as it did when he was a Coshocton country boy at the turn…

Issue 17.1, Fall 1987

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Table of Contents Fiction Richard Spilman, “Eagles” Jeff Landon, “Dr. Death Takes Vinton” Stacey Freed, “The First Decision” Paul Milenski, “Aunt Miriam” Kim Hannigan White, “The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania” Rhonda Strickland, “The Level Walker’s Son” Poetry Walter Desmond, “Dance the Night Away” Susan C. Waters, “December Nights” “For Ross Elliott, Who Lived to 97”…

Issue 23.1, Winter 1994

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Table of Contents David Hoefer, “Elizabethtown” Anna Rabinowitz, “ABECEDARIUM” Eric Leach, “For Grief I Want More” Thomas Barbash, “The Truth About Us” Walter McDonald, “One Summer Before The War” Jeff Mock, “Horoscope” Arthur Rimbaud, “Antique” “Flowers” “Bridges” “Winter Festival” “Agony” Barbara Campbell, “Rain” Kathleen Lignell, “Kokoschka’s Doll” Natalie Kenven, “Nuptial Substance” “The Bad Building” Lisa…
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