Roshelle Amundson

Serena Mira Asta

Terry Bebertz

James Byrne

Joshua Fischer

Gail Gates

James Henderson

Adam Hill

Peter Laine

Alice Lundy Blum

Tawny Michels

Dawn Nissen-Schachtner

Altamish Osman

Rebekah Pahr

January Rain

Sally Reynolds

Donna Ronning

Jer Rucinski

Jake Ryan

Kah Shepard

Laura Sourdif

Cat Usher

Jonah Volheim

After Birth

For someone who loves words,
practically eating them all day,
they come hard now.
More like rocks than bread.

Loss makes things heavy, weighted
with unseen burdens, undealt-with nightmares.
A repeating loop of film:
Couples cling together, then toss each other overboard.
Childless parents grieve the loss of three
hoped-for babies, lost early to construction errors in the womb.

It is too frightening to whisper so we don't.
But we know
nothing is certain before birth.
Or for that matter,
after.


Boston


The streets make no sense
patterned on cow paths.
Not far from the truth. I laughed.

I frightened him, drove like a cabbie.
Squeezed in front of Fenway on his 35th.
Thrilled, we watched McGuire home-run
through thirteen innings.

Best date I’d had.
Best gift he’d get.
We peaked too early
and knew it.



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Serena Mira Asta is a student in the MSU creative writing program, a singer, and addicted to working with fiber and color. She loves spinning and dyeing, but is careful how often she says that out loud.