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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Before and After


A yellowjacket stung my thumb
Daylilies bloomed along the road
Cut hay smelled like sweetgrass
Grant’s Farmstand sold out of strawberries
The toilet clogged and unclogged
The dog wouldn’t eat for three days
The phone rang and rang
Audrey brought over salt potatoes
My brother found a bullet in the parking lot
You had started a list: milk, garbage bags
Nobody turned on the television
Nobody wanted to sleep downstairs
Fireflies signaled all night in the brush
Some of them flew into our rooms
You came to her in a dream
She invited her sister to the funeral, after all
They drove your ashes in the trunk to New Jersey

Hope Jordan’s poems have appeared in such journals as Amoskeag, Many Mountains Moving, Green Mountains Review and The 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire. She was a finalist for the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award in 2010. She has a dual degree in English and Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in teaching writing from Plymouth State University. Jordan has served as a trustee of the NH Writers’ Project and was the first official poetry slam master in New Hampshire, when she coached the inaugural NH Poetry Slam Team in 2007. 

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