PoetryIssue 21 | October 2014

the ground unfurls

by Gabrielle Peterson

a country prostrate.

i look out as we move so slight, 

though i know it was ten miles

ago i began this thought: 

we are crossing over 

from the midwest to the east, 

the ragged geometry in vista 

to the urban water,

the lights it reflects 

and sunken cars it keeps. 

no one reports on these antipodes. 

the different rock their 

erosions bear. 

that there are poets 

who write only of algae

and the great lakes. 

angry dances that cause

a certain coastal cramp. a bother 

that makes some feel astray, 

even when they fold in

on themselves at night, 

knees into chest,

like we all did before birth.

crashing waves, 

the reflexive pleat

and undo.

About the author

Gabrielle Peterson is a poet and painter currently living in Chicago, Illinois. She recently received her BA at Carleton College, and has been published in Carleton’s literary magazine, The Manuscript, in addition to the premiere issue of the arts and literary publication, Chimes & Sirens. She has been writing for the past four years and plans to continue until she has nothing left to say.

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Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok