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C. DALE YOUNG
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            Stone and Fire, Fire and Stone


               The sea sounds its regrets against rocks each year.
               None of us had learned a kind of gentleness,
               and this one could hear in our words, sharp as they were

               as they sank through the air on our porches. Fire
               is what comes to mind when I think of us talking, the sea
               and its endless murmur nothing but backdrop like trees.

               How odd that the mind would settle on heat and fire
               to describe the words that fell among us, not gold
               or the golden, but the raw flicker that consumes things

               indiscriminately. What privilege affords such liars?
               To speak of Life, we mentioned paintings by Renoir
               and the flawless sonnet that recounted the wall

               that circled Eden. But the time for such talk is gone.
               Sometimes, perhaps, it is easier to forget than to recall
               how men each day die with visions offered by fools

               like us. Stone and Fire, Fire and Stone
               we kill as we always have. And we choose not to believe.
               We continue living; we refuse to grieve.

 


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Contents

Poetry

L. N. Allen
Aaron Anstett
Dan Beachy-Quick
David Biespiel
Paula Bohince
Peter Campion
Naomi Feigelson Chase
Julia Cole
Jon Davis
Jonathan Fink
Philip Fried
Ellen Goldstein
Cynthia Huntington
Lesle Lewis
Timothy Liu
Clay Matthews
Steve Mueske
Crawdad Nelson
Michael J. Opperman
Elizabeth Percer
Robert Phillips
John Pursley III
F. Daniel Rzicznek
Ravi Shankar
Peter Jay Shippy
Katherine Soniat
Robert Stark
Jen Tynes
C. Dale Young

Reviews

MATTHEW SPERLING:
Simon Armitage's
The Shout &
Lavinia Greenlaw's
Minsk

ELIZABETH KENNEDY:
Jack Gilbert's
Refusing Heaven


KATHLEEN ROONEY:
Richard Siken's
Crush

MATTHEW SPERLING:
A.R. Ammons's
Bosh and Flapdoodle

MICHAEL C. LEONG:
Dean Young's
Elegy on Toy Piano

STEVEN D. SCHROEDER:
David Wagoner's
Good Morning and Good Night

Artwork

Layne Jackson
Eric Armusik

Contributors

 

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