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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Because the spine
no longer wants to hold,
on strike from end to end,
discs pop one day like plates set down
too long on a hot stove top, then
the next, wobble, shake—threaten to slide out of the tall stack carried
by a novice waiter who crossed
the line, oblivious to the havoc he creates. It could be a scene

from Chaplin or the Marx Brothers, except that it’s not
half so funny when it’s your back
on the wide tray carelessly carried into the kitchen
door marked Exit, while patrons stew and wait
for the meal that never comes, for the inevitable, for the next
extravagant explosion.
 



Wendy Vardaman, Madison, WI, has a Ph.D. in English from University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University.  Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory, Poetry Daily, Letters to the World, Poet Lore, qarrtsiluni, Nerve Cowboy, Free Verse, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Women’s Review of Books, Rain Taxi Review, Rattle and Portland Review. Her first collection of poetry, Obstructed View (Fireweed Press), is due out in 2009.


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