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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Castaway


You don’t believe me capable
of scuttling us here where we

founder, of not simply allowing
us to sink but prying the skin

from the hull. From inside, from
out—it hardly matters. Beneath

me are depths we both refuse
to name. Above me is a swath

of blue and nothing. I am already
a relic in your hands. Fragments

and shards lie at your feet. Each
time you handle me, I lose a little


more. And how can I ask you
to release me? I was never yours.

If you need me, I’ll be in the hold,
looking for a lever. I’ll be in

the crow’s nest, looking for land.
I have been remembering how


to swim, how to count my breaths
and strokes. I could begin to number


my days against a palm, write
messages in stones across a swath

of beach, then erase them. I have
a talent for smoothing things over.

 

 

Ruth Foley lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her work appears in numerous web and print journals, including Antiphon, The Bellingham Review, The Louisville Review, Redheaded Stepchild and Sou’wester. Her chapbook Dear Turquoise is available from Dancing Girl Press, and her second chapbook Creature Feature will be available soon from ELJ Publications. She serves as Managing Editor for Cider Press Review.


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