Spring 2016

Edited by Andrea Spofford | Barry Kitterman | Amy Wright

Featured Selection / Poetry

Two Bees

Erinn Batykefer

Once our mother pinned gold bumblebees
into the ruched hives of our bodices
and whispered to us: physics says the bumblebee
should not be able to fly, but it does,

and when we waded through the orchard’s
fallen-apple mush and the sugar-crazed bees
fanned their wings on our ankles,
we were fascinated; we did not shriek

or run. Years later, I found my pin and heard again,
in my sister’s missing voice, the story of a bee’s
impossible flight—its ungainly thorax and abdomen
somehow held aloft on frantic wings—

and saw how the physicists got it wrong: they only
measured half the bee. Flight is like a limb unreeled
over clover and vetch, each lone bumblebee
a fragment of the white box humming in a field.

In the orchard, once, we hovered in white
bee-pinned dresses, halved, one thing in two:
my cruel brain like a stinger, and in her chest our heart.
With what I’m made of, I should not love. But I do.

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Lana Austin

Aimée Baker

Erinn Batykefer

Alyse Bensel

Carol Berg

Bradly Sergio Brandt

John Davis

Merridawn Duckler

​​​​​​​Charity Gingerich

Andrew Hemmert

Thomas Alan Holmes

Andrew Kozma

Kathryn Merwin

Kirsten Ogden

Karl Plank

Rebecca Givens Rolland

Britton Shurley

Cindy Veach


James Braziel

Eric LaFountain

Michael McGlade

E. L. West


J’Lyn Chapman

Kelle Groom

Lynn Kilpatrick


Alison Hawthorne Deming


Ajean Ryan