issue 18

I’m Gonna be a Country Girl Again, by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back

Summer has comein waves of pollenand exhaust heart-cut rhinestonesin the eyesof velvet fawnshidden in the shadeof wood geraniumand mandrake snapping turtlewith her razor beakbroodingin the sandbox behind the houseyour father built. I remember her children emerging, palm-sized and ancientfrom torn leather shells and nests of garter snakes by the woodpileerupting into grassthat grazed our skinned …

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