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Contributor Series 11: On Birthdays, Bow Ties

07.12.12 Posted in Contributor Series 11, words to linger on by

Contributor Series 11: On BirthdaysBow TiesBy Patrick Stevensfor Janet, my mother My mother is meticulous.She tapes down pastel paper,edges folded crisp alongan ivory box deftly linedwith finest three-ply tissueas if spied on by the Queen.Her mother inscribed moralson her holiday-driven heart:“The gift is in the thought,”which you may find clichédbut words are only triteuntil a […]


Contributor Series 11: On Birthdays, Around Your Birthday

07.11.12 Posted in Contributor Series 11, today's words by

Contributor Series 11: On BirthdaysAround Your BirthdayBy Lucile BarkerEarly April, even late March,you start getting nervous,avoiding old friends who know the date, hide away … love, you can’t avoidyour birthday. You fear the candled cake,waiters gathered round,the cold stares of dinerstrying to guess your ageor even worse, singing alonga jollity enforced only by time,aging frightened […]


Contributor Series 11: On Birthdays, Gifted Delicacy

07.10.12 Posted in Contributor Series 11, today's words by

Contributor Series 11: On BirthdaysGifted DelicacyBy Karen Jakubowskifor Rob Parchment circle settles into springformEarthquake on the countertopWooden mallet smashing grahamsMelted butterfall cascadesInto pool of sugar crushed crackersMix and press crusty confectionFoil wrapped base formed Ignite the bath in readiness Solid ingredients bang and clamorSturdy Kitchen-Aid thumps and jumpsAs it pummels bricks of PhillyWrestled silk and granular […]


Contributor Series 11: On Birthdays, Mutual Birthday

07.09.12 Posted in Contributor Series 11, today's words by

Contributor Series 11: On BirthdaysMutual BirthdayBy Lisa M DragoOh, he says, I’ll be 67 in February–why move to a foreign countrywhere I can’t fly or speak the language?Blue sky thermals give life meaning. February? What day in February? The last day of the month.The 28th?He nods.My breath held, I stare in disbelief. My finger points […]


Contributor Series 11: On Birthdays, Once upon a primal scream

07.09.12 Posted in Contributor Series 11, words to linger on by

Contributor Series 11: On BirthdaysOnce upon a primal screamBy Christopher Roe Suspended in a zen-like stateof warm, dark and moist silence   — silent —except for a slow, steady, muffledinsistent yet distant drum beatreverberating through his bodystirring his primitive soul with its familiar comforting rhythm.And he was thoroughly content to let his existence unfold   — slowly —as he […]


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