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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/polar bears/


A final chance to impress. All affairs
run their course. The first snowflake
of winter marking the last fallen leaf,
our forecast certain as seasons and cy-
cles, our time gone like Arctic ice, po-
lar bears now eating seabirds, seals
lost from landscapes, wilderness once
familiar, case studies filed with other
histories, predator and prey no longer
co-evolving, intimacy lost to memory
of this evening when I refuse to wear
my black dress. No fugues will play,
no tears will mark this passage. Each
item of clothing adorning my body
chosen to match the color of my skin
red from cold air.


Clara B. Jones is a retired scientist, currently practicing poetry in Asheville, NC. She is a Staff Writer for the poetry journal, Yellow Chair Review. As a woman of color, Clara writes about the “performance” of identity and power, and her poems, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous venues. Her collection, Ferguson And Other Satirical Poems About Race, won the 2015 Bitchin' Kitsch Chapbook Competition. Clara studied with Adrienne Rich in the 1970s and has studied recently with the poets Meghan Sterling and Eric Steineger.


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