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 University Picks Up the Tab


To test my nerve I accept an invitation
join the larger than life English Department faculty 
at an intimate dinner to discourse with the weary
Chairman across the table from the disinterested
Mac Arthur Prize poet and the professor
whose eyes glitter when he quotes Shakespeare.

Flicking a napkin
to my lap I conceal my education, gleaned sparsely
from grassroots, my walls bare of diplomas.
Tonight’s tablemates stuff me with oddly
spelled morsels of Chaucer impossible to chew
and for desert a cult of decaying Baldassare Castiglione. 

I mooch off my relish tray 
of Doty, Collins, Barrisi and Bass.
The professors are polite but bemused.
I cook up a plan to materialize myself
as-- Dorothy Parker, Cyrano de Bergerac
and Virginia Woolf all in one.

My persona charms the verbs right out of them.
Meanwhile, my mouth saps bone dry suspecting
the Development Director invited me here
to pluck my berries, suck my fruit, thinking: in lieu
of brainy, I’m well-heeled—

Tender suckling, I hold my tongue
and on the sly, 
sneak out, as usual
before I’m caught empty-handed. Glitter
clinging to my mood, clicking my heels 
wiser than when I came in.

 

 

“Confident Music Would Fly Us to Paradise” MoonPath Press 2014 is Carol Levin’s second full volume. In 2012 Pecan Grove Press published “Stunned By the Velocity” and her chapbook, “Red Rooms and Others,” in 2009. “Sea Lions Sing Scat,” Her first chapbook was from Finishing Line Press, 2007. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, print and online, in Russia, New Zealand and the US. As former Literary Manager for The Art Theatre of Puget Sound she translated Chekhov’s four major plays and a dictionary of Stanislavski terms for theater professionals. She’s an Editorial Assistant at the journal Crab Creek Review and teaches The Breathing Lab / Alexander Technique, in Seattle. http://www.the-breathing-lab.com/ 

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