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 dead aren’t interested


a full day of swimming
was fine in those river years
when all I wanted was to swim
but once I’d climbed out
water streaming from hair
in trickling itches down calves and heels
once I’d pulled the towel all around
wrapped its shroud
up to my quivering chin
I really didn’t care
to get wet again
shaking in the evening chill
didn’t want the cold anymore
didn’t want the pull of the current
or the shock of plunging in
even with voiced regret
at having to stop
at the edge of the sun
with the fireflies and crickets
pine needles stuck
to the arches of my feet
I was glad
to tiptoe run up the path
to the glowing house


Kate Boning Dickson studied classical piano performance and music education.  She has taught music in school settings and teaches piano.   A board member of the Long Island Poetry Collective, she is a co-editor of Xanadu. Her poetry is in California Quarterly, PPA Literary Review, Clavier Companion, New Mirage Magazine, Whispers and ShoutsPaumanok II, Interwoven, The Germ Magazine, Long Island Quarterly, and Spillway Magazine.


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