Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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Reading in the Dark


The music my mother made

was light. She was the one
who flicked the switch saying,
"You'll ruin your eyes
reading in the dark."
She made floors shine,
flowers bloom, and the air alive. 
She was summer tan, strong-legged,
laughing. She was earth, her arms
full of vegetables, flowers for
fingers and sun in her hair. 
Every day was new, climbing
toward wonderful. So then
why did we never thank her?
Any of us? Least of all
father who saw light
only through shadows.
Mother loving us and never asking
the question we couldn't answer.


Ruth Moose has taught creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill since l996. She received a McDowell Colony Fellowship and most recently, in 2008, a Chapman Fellowship for teaching. Ruth is the author of two books of short stories, The Wreath Ribbon Quilt (St. Andrews Press) and Dreaming in Color (August House) as well as five other poetry collections. TEA and other assorted poems is a follow up to her extremely successful book The Librarian and other poems, published in 2009 by Main Street Rag. Her poems and stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Redbook, Prairie Schooner, Yankee, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor among other places. Her stories have been published in England, Holland, South Africa, and Denmark.


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