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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What the Box Held


If not death
            that which burns.

If not sleep
            still the lying in bed
            the half-familiar shadows
            the voices you almost hear.

If not fear
            the eyes of mothers
            a starry night
            an ambiguity of hands.

If not truth
            change
             something with broader wings.

If not dreams
            a cupful of promises
            the smell of rain
            another huge abstraction.

If not tomorrow
            then boughs that wouldn’t break
            anything clean
            a separate vision of swallows.

If not yes
            a mouth left open.

If not the answer
            another door
            a constant turning
            a word for somewhere.

Did hope fly away with the rest?
Never one for turning back
I swim night’s pool of darkness
What good would it do in a box?

Break the lock.
Take off the hinges.
Smash the lid to pieces.
Whether heart or hand                                                                                                                                 
let it never be kept inside.
  



Author of 5 collections of poetry, Scott Owens is editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review, author of “Musings” (a weekly column on poetry), founder of Poetry Hickory, Vice President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and a writer of reviews of contemporary poetry.  His work has received awards from the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Academy of American Poets, the NC Writers’ Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC.  Born in Greenwood, SC, he has lived in NC for the past 25 years and currently teaches at Catawba Valley Community College.


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