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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With the ringing of the phone
my plans for defenestration
go right out the window.

The rules of our telephone
game do not dictate that
I answer-

only that I be there to.

In a few hours
I'll phone
her voicemail,

leave her something
appropriately cryptic,
to make her squeal:

Bernie quit the band,
Karen's coming for Richard,

Tonto has taken his last beating.

I take a blown up photo
of my fifth story view
and hang it over the window.

The phone stops convulsing,
I key in the access code,
wait to hear her voice.



Allen Berry’s a student at the University of Southern Mississippi where he’s pursuing a PhD in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry. Prior to coming to Hattiesburg, he resided in Huntsville, Alabama where he founded the Limestone Dust Poetry Festival, and served as its president for six years until he stepped down to pursue a Masters Degree in English. His work has appeared in Steel Toe Review, The Birmingham Arts Journal and has recently been nominated for a Pushcart. 


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