PoetryIssue 19 | December 2013

When You Get There

by Kate Bernadette Benedict

What you’ve been told is factual.
That’s where the moths of the earth agglomerate;
don’t guesstimate how many.
Picture eggwads, bloodshot and pulsing,
and pretty orange silkwings flaking to gray powder.

Found at the trailside:
heal-all, heartseed,
and as you go higher,
erratics, lichen-furred.

And as you go higher,
petrifications, fossilizations,
the outline of your own hand among them.

About the author

Kate Bernadette Benedict has traveled a great deal…around New York City. She has dipped a toe into France and England and gone total immersion in Ireland and Maine. Her travels in what James Hillman called the Dream and the Underworld have been the most transformative. Her poems have appeared in countless literary magazines and anthologies and she is the author of two full-length poetry collections. Her highly esteemed online poetry journals are now closed, but permanently archived and worth a read: Bumbershoot, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Umbrella.

Read our current issue:


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