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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Back Roads Home



Next time, take back roads, roll
windows down, shut off the radio,
listen to radials roaring along
patched asphalt. Love the farmer
ahead of you sputtering in his pickup,
left arm out the window coaxing
plants to rise from black soil.
Know his hands have held rain,
turned the land, filed the plow point,
placed seed in moist soil. Close
your eyes, convene with towheaded
corn soldiers marching in formation
toward the wood’s edge. Take each
curve with the caution of a new lover.
Look into the swamp at turtle log,
dark helmets of shell above green algae.
Straighten out the S curve, breathe
pine sap from clear cutting, exhale
turpentine into the night.  Know your
way home by hand painted signs, steeples,
country stores and trails of honeysuckle.


Marty Silverthorne holds degrees from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and East Carolina University and has published four chapbooks, Dry Skin Messiah, Pot Liquor Promises, No Welfare, No Pension Plan, and Rewinding at 40.  His poetry has been published in numerous journals and he has received several North Carolina Regional Arts Grants and a North Carolina Fellowship to support his work.


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