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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Every Day I Walk to the Cemetery


All this lifting, all this falling
All these sun-blazed leaves

All this wind chiming silver
All these starlings wheeling

All these fallow gardens
All these rough-barked oaks

All these bristling, neglected dogs
All this traffic

All these electric wires
All this crow jive and hawk dive

All these messages misunderstood
All these shadows shifting light

All this flutter of yellow butterfly
All these pumpkins, all these mums

All this chiseled scripture
All these chipped angels

All these memories taking me
All this missing my mother

All this resistance to lying on this plot
Letting bird calls lull me to sleep




Debra Kaufman is the author of two poetry collections—The Next Moment and A Certain Light—and three chapbooks—Family of Strangers, Still Life Burning, and Moon Mirror Whiskey Wind. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and literary magazines, including Spoon River Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the North Carolina Literary Review. She is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council playwriting scholarship and of a grant from the Central Piedmont NC Regional Artists Hub Program. www.debrakaufman.info 


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