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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Preservation


This is what I would have kept:

The garden, a grid of jailbreak colors
Where grabby vines sought bare ankles,
Where impatient mouths bit off tastes that might else have grown.

That rabbit I loved, the one you shot
With a pellet when your grandmother asked
Because she loved her tomatoes more.

Your grandmother, with crows’ feet quotation
Marks punctuating sentences
Of stories she’d saved in her eyes.

Her kitchen, where thick light seeped
Through yellowed panes and purple
Jars of the fruits she preserved.

Your room, only borrowed but somehow
Ours, where we made maps of uncharted
Dreams on the pages we kept.

Your hands, which took the pages I sent
And set them down beneath floorboards
Keeping proof of our fable.

Your dreams—the ones that spilled out of you
Too fast for me to collect, like beads slipping
From a string I could never tie but always tried

To wear around my wrist despite it.

 

Nina Denison is a native of Concord, Massachusetts, a town whose
literary ghosts have gloriously haunted her since she was a child.
Having graduated from Tufts University and the Columbia Publishing
Course, she currently edits recipes for America's Test Kitchen's
Special Issue magazines. Nina is a Pushcart nominee with work
appearing in Canon, Pequod, and Mouse Tales Press, and her sporadic
improvisational songs are available to anyone within earshot.



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