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  volume 1. issue two  
A collection of poetry
by Patricia Wellingham-Jones

from Mongolian Art Exhibit

I turn a corner, stunned now by faces / on the wall—masks of deities, shamans, / in papier-mâché, carved wood, stuffed skin. / Black brows pull down over glaring eyes, / red mouths stretch in snarls or gentle smiles. (more...)
Patricia Wellingham-Jones
Isabelle Ghaneh
Todd Heldt
Pamela Miller
Joan Dy
Lina ramona Vitkauskas
Michelle Bitting
Arthur Joyce
Adrienne Lewis
Anne Durant
Kathryn Ugoretz
Cheryl Stiles
Ellaraine Lockie
Arlene Ang
Ellen Wade Beals
JeFF Stumpo
Lita Sorensen
Andrena Zawinski
Rebecca Clark
Jim Coppoc
Carly Sachs
Siri Steiner
Theodore Worozbyt
Hal Ackerman
Gretchen Skillman
Shawn Sargent
Rebecca Harper
Concetta Ceriello
Patrick Tucker
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Hymn to Blue
by Carly Sachs

To go on forever like water and sky,
that calm endless color content in being.
Of infinite things. What is breath?
The mantra of waves, islands of clouds,
interruptions of birds and fish, that flat line
of the horizon where nothing and everything
is lost. What here knows of emptiness?

Find us there in that fold of silence,
the moment just before the heron disappears
into the gulf or into the dusk, calling.
Our lives flashing like diamond boats,
or floating like the moon. At night,
everything fades to black.
What here knows of sleeping?

Cast us not into either. Let us remain here
on the edge where we can wade in and be given
back to the land. Sustain us not on green or brown
or deceive us with reds and yellows, but give us
dreams of blue so we can be carried
and broken like shells.

Carly Sachs received her MFA from the New School University and her BA from Kent State University. Carly currently teaches creative writing at George Washington University.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2004, goodfoot, PMS, Another Chicago Magazine, Runes Review, Alimentum, inkandashes.com, notellmotel.org and on the buses of Cleveland, Ohio. Her anthology, the why and later, is forthcoming from deep cleveland press.
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