“Chunnel Channel” by Jennifer Sperry Steinorth (poetry, ’15)

A poem by Jennifer Sperry Steinorth (poetry, ’15) appears in Poetry Northwest:

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“The Christmas Pyramid” by Robert Rorke (fiction, ’10)

A story by Robert Rorke (fiction, ’10) appears in Shadowgraph Quarterly:

The Christmas Pyramid

It was our first Christmas at the beach. We were headed out to Rockaway in The Black Beauty, Himself at the wheel. I knew how to drive the car and sometimes he let me. We started my driving lessons that spring, one Saturday morning when we were coming back from a nursery with new rose bushes in the trunk. [… continue reading here.]

 

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“Diaspora” by Faith S. Holsaert (poetry, ’82)

A poem by Faith S. Holsaert (poetry, ’82) appears in Potomac Review:

DIASPORA
Our inheritance in the Diaspora is to live in this inexplicable space–Dionne Brand

if there was a curtain we didn’t notice
if there was something other than raspberries
among dusty leaves we didn’t see

we saw how the path wound up from the creek
we knew we had to carry
we knew the old man in the next town
we knew our coats smelled of pear
and our cat, we knew our cat

Maybe the portal was there all along
when we ate ramen and watched TV
not talking spent
after we had danced

 
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“In the parking lot in front of the Shell station” by Lesley Valdes (poetry, ’15)

A poem by Lesley Valdes (poetry ’15) appears in Innisfree Poetry Journal:

In the parking lot in front of the Shell station

 

In the parking lot in front of the Shell station,

a chair, a prie dieu

 

like the nuns used.

 

Mahogany—worth something

even if you didn’t pray—and the chair

 

inviting hips ampler than hers.

Made for whom?

… continue reading here.

 

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“The Process” by Dilruba Ahmed (poetry, ’09)

A poem by Dilruba Ahmed (poetry, ’09) appears in Poetry:

The Process
So grateful the process is clean
and faithful. Does not cheat
like a disenchanted spouse
dozing on a haggard couch.
Take heart: the process is always right —
is automatic, phlegmatic. Clean, cold,
and always refreshing. Brewed to perfection
some say. Guaranteed to satisfy

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“Writing on a Scrap of Paper in Reach” and other poems by Rose McLarney (poetry, ’10)

Three poems and audio by Rose McLarney (poetry, ’10) appear in Terrain:

Writing on a Scrap of Paper in Reach

Slipping over museum marble floors, it was so easy—
movement between places and people. In this room,

modern American painters, step to the next,
to traditional African pots. Not so outside

the hush of those halls of protection,
navigating the living, struggling city. A street

 

… continue reading the rest of the poem here.

Two other poems, “When to Wear a Strapless Dress, and Not Consider What is to Come” and “Wildfires, Election Week” appear immediately following “Writing on a Scrap of Paper in Reach,” and have accompanying audio.

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