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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The Princess with the Stone Knife


To that other person
          occupying my face
               every routine is routine 
 

unless by enormous effort or the right
          incantation I glimpse
               the world waiting
even while asleep
          or in my kitchen
               improvising breakfast.
This morning’s stories mention
          better clothes,
               divine invention.
Follow that labyrinth all the way
          back to the princess
               with the stone knife.

Ralph Earle is a long-time North Carolina poet who has served on the board of the North Carolina Writers Network, taught creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, and led poetry workshops at Central Carolina Community  College and the Arts Center of Carrboro. He lives in the woods outside Chapel Hill. During daylight hours, he manages technical writers for a software company.  His poems have been published in The Sun, Carolina Quarterly, Sufi Magazine, Kakalak, Cardinal, Main Street Rag, and elsewhere. 


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