Poetry by Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon’s poems have appeared in The Aurorean and the Massachusetts Review as well as on-line publications. Her first chapbook of poems, Deep Fahrenheit, was released by Prolific Press in 2019. She has also published numerous books for children and young adults. She lives in western Massachusetts.

RADIANT GERANIUMS

I require nothing more of you

than your extravagant redness,

but wonder are you pensive or restless

sitting in pots on my indoor porch?

Do you hear the creak of crows outside 

as loneliness or desire for spring?

Perhaps you’d rather the romance

of a window-box, green shutters

against a white-washed house, 

your petals drifting through air,

until they punctuate the cobblestones

below, where framed in the doorway,

a widow stands in black. Or do you long 

for your roots to grow uncontained, scrawling 

down and down forever through dirt?

I am a widow now myself.

As he did, I bend to dead-head 

your crumpling blossoms,

snap your stems just at the joint 

where they attach to the whole.

There are no answers.

Only your earthy, lemon-pepper,

alive 

green scent.

North American Time, Editorial

North American Time, Editorial
Felicia McCarthy on her listing of the ten poets she selected for issue 42.

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2 poems by Alan Cohen
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3 poems by Deborah Purdy

3 poems by Deborah Purdy
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Poetry by Mycah Miller

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Poetry by Don Krieger

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Don Krieger is a 2020 Creative Nonfiction Fellow.
His work has appeared in Neurology, Live Mag!, Seneca Review, The
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Asahi Shimbun, Entropy, and others.

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