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Eleanor Wilner
"Entering the Labyrinth," an essay on the persona poem.

Eleanor Wilner
Four persona poems: Minos, Ariadne, Daedalus, and The Minotaur.


POETRY

This marks an author's first online publication Michelle Boisseau

This marks an author's first online publication Annie Boutelle
Christine Casson
This marks an author's first online publication Carolyn Creedon
Claudia Emerson
Daisy Fried
Diane Gilliam
Shadab Zeest Hashmi
Kathleen Jesme
Ilya Kaminsky
Marilyn Krysl
David Lee
Gary Copeland Lilley
Maurice Manning
Alicia Ostriker
Alicia Jo Rabins
Tim Seibles
This marks an author's first online publication Heidy Steidlmayer
 
Book Review
"Tourist in Hell" by Eleanor Wilner—Book Review, by David Rigsbee.

Heidy Steidlmayer

This marks an author's first online publication Heidy Steidlmayer is a graduate of Northwestern University and of Warren Wilson's M.F.A. Program for Writers. In 2007, she was a recipient of the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry magazine, and in 2009 she was awarded a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award for emerging women writers. Her poems have appeared in TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Literary Imagination, and Calyx, among others.


The Graeae    


For a while, it had grown
used to us, our wan
fingers flickering before it
like locusts in the encroaching dark.
The eye a stillness
we could not fill, its shared vision
slows our steps and rings us in silence.

Mornings, we see the world rising
as a glassy opal, or a raw
pearl—the jewel-matter of a dream—
and for one, the rushed form
of he who ransomed the seeing eye
from our encircling—gone now, nothing
but a glint in her skull
guttering as he went out.  

The birds wing back through
trees to their nest, as I pass
to the sister
whose turn it was

opening the darkness
of her blind hand.

 

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