Sun full on, popcorn’s best butter- -y oil soaking the red-striped waxed bag, cup small girls hold to their chin and the reflection on skin, bright stamen threading cloudless days into white rice, the million wares of the Ponte Vecchio, the painted tromp l’oeil of the Ponte Vecchio on the Ponte Vecchio, eyes of the domestic cat caught in darkness, the squeaking toy’s dog-bit serenade, how honey dreams of itself in the comb, how the world moves even while folks shiver in drafty offices or windowless workrooms, backlit silk whispering China, whispering India, whispering home: the crocus promise, the crocus accepts its bed of dead oak leaf, the crocuses wet and fold, and each small fist of gold shrivels over its own bent but still green stem.
Editor-in-Chief 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.
Guest editor, Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, is winner of a Red Mountain Press’s Editor’s Choice Award for Shadow Light. A new book of poetry from Red Mountain is Wing. Other recent books areThe Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (a memoir, U. of Nebraska Press); A Casino Bestiary (Spartan Press); and Jackalope, fiction (Red Mountain). She founded the Creative Writing Program at Haskell Indian Nations University, where she taught and was an administrator. Low is past board president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs. She has won 3 Kansas Notable Book Awards and recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Sequoyah National Research Center, Poetry Society of America, The Circle -Best Native American Books, Roberts Foundation, Lichtor Awards, and the Kansas Arts Commission. Low has an MFA from Wichita St. U. and Ph.D. from Kansas U. Her literary blog is http://deniselow.blogspot.com.