Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

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    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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Insomnia in Amsterdam


Westerkerk bells clock the hours
in quarters.  I get up to eat butter
and sugar cookies baked and shaped

into flat canal houses, no sleep
sweetened as I reenter fluorescent rooms
where sterile news, sharp and true,

razors a slice of now and leaks
its mess into tomorrow.
But it’s not my tumor, not tonight. 

I’ve worn the heavy widow shoes
and ache for the friend back home
being fitted.  I know luck

runs up river and down, dull or sparked,
sun or dark, as indifferent there as here
in this channeled lace of land

and water, city of voices and bike bells,
silent wheels and hulls passing
on the calm surface of controlled tide. 


Grace Mattern
’s poems and prose have appeared in The SunPrairie SchoonerCalyx, Blue Lyra Review, Redheaded Stepchild, Yankee and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the NH State Arts Council and Vermont Studio Center and has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes. Her book The Truth About Death won the 2014 NH Readers’ Choice Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry.  She has worked in the movement to end violence against women for 35 years and blogs at www.gracemattern.com.
 

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