Issue One: Spring 2017

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When there
is seemingly nothing
to celebrate,
I slide a blue bowl
in the line of sun.

It stays empty/
it fills.

I do not whack the spider
stringing from the rail,
but creel the wilts
drooping from the bush
as they melt.

Both are warm
and that is something
more than most come
to know.

About the Author
Megan Merchant lives in the tall pines of Prescott, Arizona. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Gravel Ghosts (Glass Lyre Press, Awarded 2016 Best Book Award), The Dark’s Humming (Awarded 2015 Lyrebird Prize, Glass Lyre Press), four chapbooks, and a forthcoming children’s book with Philomel Books. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2016-2017 COG Literary Award, judged by Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate.  She was also the recipient of the Las Vegas Poets Prize. You can find her work at: