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Issue 2.1 Spring 2013

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"Yellow Trailer Wonder Valley, CA" Art by Deborah Martin.
“Yellow Trailer Wonder Valley, CA” Art by Deborah Martin.

 

"Missing Jacques" Art by Candace Fasano.
“Missing Jacques” Art by Candace Fasano.

 

"The Birds" Art by Christopher Woods.
“The Birds” Art by Christopher Woods.

Poetry:

Allen Braden | Anniversary Card
Carol Hebald | Winter Dawn
Esther Altshul Helfgott | Pantoum For Uncle Izzy
Paul Hostovsky | Poem
Barbara F. Lefcowitz | Golden Eyes
Kelly McQuain | Strawberries, Limoncello, Water Ice, Passing Time
George Moore | Fast As Saint Ignatius
Elisabeth Murawski | That’s Life
Martin Ott | Bandits | Refrain
Linda Pastan | Like A Bird | Legacies
Barry Seiler | Yarhrzeit
Elaine Terranova | Stairway
Arnie Weingart | The Rothko Chapel
Changming Yuan | Y

Fiction:

Elizabeth Edelglass | Family Circle
Abbigail N. Rosewood | The Ones We Keep
Annaliese Wagner | How To Jump Rope

Nonfiction:

Karen Donley-Hayes | Hens On A Porch
Jennifer Maritza McCauley | Home Ghosts
Joan Moritz | Penguins In Flight
Renée K. Nicholson | Coda: Partnering
Gary Presley | Knife
Enid Shomer | Small

Artist Spotlight:

Aron Wisenfeld

Translations:

Rosa Alice Branco | The Girls Were Lovely Lithe | The Men’s Hands Would Graze
**Alexis Levitin
Lidia Kosk | The Moon Above The Wild Apple Tree
**Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka
Maria Teresa Ogliastri | To Be Empress | Alfalfa Sprouts
**Yvette Neisser Moreno
**Patricia Bejarano Fisher
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Third Roman Elegy
**Brett Ortler

 

** Indicates translators

Esther Altshul Helfgott

Esther Altshul Helfgott
Photo Credit by Ann Teplick

Esther Altshul Helfgott is a nonfiction writer and poet with a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. She wrote her doctoral thesis on Holocaust poet, Irena Klepfisz. Esther’s work appears in the Journal of Poetry Therapy; Maggid: A Journal of Jewish Literature; Drash: Northwest MosaicAmerican Imago: Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences; Raven Chronicles; Floating Bridge Review; Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease; Jack Straw Anthology; HistoryLink, and elsewhere. She is a longtime literary activist, a 2010 Jack Straw poet, and the founder of Seattle’s “It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series,” now in its 23rd year. She is the author of the poetic docu-drama The Homeless One: A Poem in Many Voices, and her book, Dear Alzheimer’s: Why Did You Pick our Sheltered Lives to Visit – a caregiver’s diary & poems is forthcoming from Cave Moon Press in 2013. www.estherhelfgott.com.

 

Pantoum for Uncle Izzy

In 1945, Uncle Izzy came home from the war
He drove up to our apartment in an Oldsmobile
He wore a soldier’s cap and a uniform
Mother doted on him and made a big meal

He drove up to our apartment in an Oldsmobile
He was the most beautiful person I ever saw
Mother doted on him and made a big meal
He hid my presents – a doll, stuffed animal, and a ball

He was the most beautiful person I ever saw
That’s when we lived at 1931 East Baltimore
He hid my presents – a doll, stuffed animal, and a ball
I hid under the table, I was four.

That’s when we lived at 1931 East Baltimore
His brown eyes crinkled when he smiled
I hid under the table, I was four
He let me be shy, it took me awhile

His brown eyes crinkled when he smiled
He and Mother talked of work and war crimes
He let me be shy, it took me awhile
Soon I came out from my hiding behinds

I sat on his lap and hugged round his neck
He wore a soldier’s cap and a uniform
The kitchen was quiet, their eyes were all wet
In 1945, Uncle Izzy came home from the war

The kitchen was quiet, their eyes were all wet.
He carried me to bed, my arms round his neck.