Poetry

Poetry: Issue #5

On the Family Mantle

by Diandra Holmes
 
 

My great grandfather fit into a cigar box
when he was born. His fingers were pale,
wrinkled like poorly rolled cigarettes.
They thought to place his cradle
in the trash heap next to the blue glass bottles
and empty tins of sardines…
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The Village, Mud Season Review art by Emily Mitchell

Poetry: Issue #4

Hitler Stamp

by Paul Hostovsky
 
 

I traded ten triangular
Mongolian stamps for Hitler,
Hitler who killed my father’s
whole family.
 
My father hated Hitler.
He refused to say Hitler’s name…
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Poetry: Issue #3

The Seven Last Words

by Terry Minchow-Proffitt
 
 

Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34)

Looks like we’ll spend the better part
of Valentine’s Day together
at the cancer center, sitting
with our backs against the window
beneath this morning light…Read more

Poetry: Issue #2

Almost a Mother

by Artress Bethany White

 

 

The sight of a postpartum belly
recalls the missing folds
of loose flesh between her own hips
declaring she’d never
given birth, but was once
almost a mother.
It is the heart that contracts
in these moments
instead of the womb…Read more

"Typhoon on Ha Long Bay," Margo Lemieux

Poetry: Issue #1

Morning Prayers

by David Biespiel

 

 

Your God says look behind you,

watch your back,

Become the life in your hands,

walk like a shadow,

Lose the afternoon,

knot the hour,

seek the future,…Read more