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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My Sister as a Salmon


I want to take her back to the beginning, just a shimmer
in the old patriarch’s eye, the man who wanted a frog 
and got three fish instead, all smelling bad after
thirteen years, no wonder he didn’t know what to say.

Of course now she’s giddy with her new found air,
crazy as a moon in a Carolina moth, and who am I
to worry about her twenty thousand debt
and the privet burning like a hundred-watt bug zapper.

We all die in the end, but that’s no comfort: the sockeye
is my sister, and she’s been hit again.  I see her on my plate,
the pale pinky-orange like the underbelly of a cloud,
her flesh sliced like composition paper and I eat.




Lois Marie Harrod's chapbook Furniture won the 2008 Grayson Press Poetry Prize. Previous publications include the chapbook Firmament (2007); the chapbook Put Your Sorry Side Out (2005); Spelling the World Backward (2000); the chapbook This Is a Story You Already Know (l999); Part of the Deeper Sea (1997); the chapbook Green Snake Riding (l994), Crazy Alice (l991) Every Twinge a Verdict (l987). She won her third poetry fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts in 2003. Over 350 of her poems have appeared in journals including American Poetry Review, Blueline, The MacGuffin, Salt, The Literary Review, Zone3. Seven-time nominee for a Pushcart Prize, she teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey.



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