Walk after Rain     by Denise Low

Washout mud where flint’sDenise2014SFbySusanGardner (2)
brown slick shines.

Jasper, a scraper,
and there a bird point—

hunters’ tools
fallen from their hands.

My thumb fits the groove.
Chipped facets sting

my palm. What to do?
Collect gifts

from spirits or leave
this gravel porridge

each day streaming
to the Wakarusa.

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, won Red Mountain Press Editor’s Choice Award for Shadow Light: Poems. Other books are Turtle’s Beating Heart, memoir (U. of Nebraska Press) and Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan). She has won 3 Ks. Notable Book Awards and other recognition. She teaches in Baker University’s MLA program. www.deniselow.net

Laura Lee Washburn is the Director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and the author of This Good Warm Place: 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). Her poetry has appeared in such journals as TheNewVerse.News, Carolina Quarterly, Ninth Letter, The Sun, and Valparaiso Review. Harbor Review’s microchap prize is named in her honor.


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