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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One For Sorrow


More of the woman, shifting her hips, moving through birds.
More of the birds rising together, fashioning a flock.
More of the birds, reporting to crow, reporting on woman.
More flying together to bring crow the tale of woman
and her love of the bird, the flocking of birds their fashion of love.
More of their quickening. More of her hips. More of the shift.

More of the crow tracking the woman, tracing her movement
through copse and through fen. More surveying heat, more
hastening blood. More of the clouds talking of crow, listening
to crow. Crow’s wing at the hair of the woman. Crow’s beak
in the ear of the woman. More of the clouds climbing down
mountains. More of the listening. More of the telling.

More of the trees singing to birds. More of the birds
called to the trees. More birds in tree elbows, cradled
in the elbows of trees. More talk of the woman who makes
heads of crows, who dons the head of a crow. More of her
love for crow. Climbs the tree, shifts her hips, rousts the birds.
More of the shift. More of her hips. More of the quick of birds.


Tanya Olson lives in Durham, North Carolina and teaches at Vance-Granville Community College. She holds the M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College, Dublin and the Ph.D. in 20th Century British Literature from UNC-Greensboro. Her first book, Boyishly, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2013. Her work has been published in Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Review, Southword (IRL), Cairn, Fanzine, Bad Subjects, Main Street Rag, Pedestal Magazine, Elysian Fields, and Southern Cultures. She won first place in the 2005 Independent Poetry contest and was a runner up for the 2009 Rita Dove Award. She is a recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council and was the 2008 Fortner Award winner. In 2010, she won a Discovery/Boston Review prize and was named a 2011 Lambda Fellow by the Lambda Literary Foundation. She helps co-ordinate Durham’s Third Friday, is a member of the Black Socks poetry group, and serves on the board of the Carolina Wren Press.

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