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Winter 2013:
Scott King: Plains Emerald

Bethany Schultz Hurst:
Etiquette for the Soft Skinned


Edgar Gabriel Silex: Grief


Summer 2013:
Heidi Shuler: Armadillo in Love
Anna Schachner: Sylvia

Antoinette Brim: Thank You Note To Picasso

Gary Fincke: The House Fox

Winter/Spring 2014 :
Edward Field: Getting Used to It—


Val Haynes: Shark Skin

Summer/Fall 2014:
Terrell Jamal Terry: Wrinkled Respite

Summer/Fall 2015:
Daniel Donaghy: Old Man Shooting Free Throws


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Pass It On Poetry

Some prophets are poets. Some poets sing in parables. Edgar Gabriel Silex strums a guitar filled with lonely songs. Recently he told us stories of becoming a poet, the homeless years spent in Dallas, Texas, and finding his sisters in Virginia. And studying poetry with Komunyakaa.

“Yusef gave me a card,” Edgar said, flashing it. “A beauty card.”

You may use this card once in your life, Yusef told me. I told him I did not want the beauty card. I had no need or desire for it. I wanted to marry sadness.”

Marry both, Yusef said. Marry grief and beauty. Keep your beauty, I said to him.”

Once in your life, Yusef repeated, as if in prayer. Why can’t it be truth? I asked him. I could share grief and truth. I know you’re holding several truth cards, why not keep the beauty and give me truth?

OK, he said. Give me back the beauty. I’ll trade you. And so I traded beauty that I didn’t need for truth that I longed to have. When I got home I looked at the card. The word Beauty was written on it. So this is my truth, I thought."

--Editor Barrett Warner

Grief

is the brother born from the two I lost
who came to help me understand

sat with me a while then we played with knives
like children we splashed and cried in the rain

we raced and swung from tree limbs
dared each other off cliffs how dangerous

and close to them grief made me feel
till I wasn’t a young man anymore

he left me somewhere along the way
between a home a family and forgiveness

we talk at times if I call he’s always there
like a brother who takes two lives to grow to love

--Edgar Gabriel Silex

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