Willow Springs 92

Willow Springs 92

Fall 2023

Poetry

 

ROY BENTLEY

If the Physics of Falling Is an Allegory for Existence

 

SARA BURGE

Sexy Fish

Harry Styles Is the Way

 

HANNAH DIERDORFF

Eve Speaks of Her American Childhood

 

DAVID KIRBY

It's a Long Way to Tipperary

 

KATHLEEN MCGOOKEY

Cloud Report 1/24/23

Cloud Report 2/9/23

Cloud Report 3/13/23

 

MICHAEL MCGRIFF

Low-Tide Sketch

Meditation at 7 Devils Wayside

Wallowa

Wind Advisory in Effect

 

DOUG RAMSPECK

Lessons in Mud

 

ANNA TOMLISON

Ghost Town

 

Julie Marie Wade

What Is Far From Heaven? $800

What Is Rear Window? $1000

 

GISSELLE YEPES

for when our blood runs          motherless

we do not live where we from

 

Poetry in Translation

 

HEO NANSEOLHEON (허난설헌)

TRANSLATED BY SUPHIL LEE PARK

Love Song

 

KIM SAMUIDANG (金三宜堂)

TRANSLATED BY SUPHIL LEE PARK

Already Noon

Wino's Song

 

Fiction

 

CÉCILE BARLIER

Claudine

 

JEAN-MARC DUPLANTIER

Quiet Men

 

BILL GAYTHWAITE

If You Only Knew

 

TERESA MILBRODT

Coffee with Werewolves

 

GREG SCHUTZ

Not for Nothing

Nonfiction

 

SUSAN MOREHOUSE

Mother-Cicada

 

CODY SMITH

Walking to the Mailbox Holding My Daughter's Hand

Interview

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Willow Springs 91

Willow Springs 91

Winter 2023

Poetry

 

EMMA AYLOR

Self-Portrait as Miniature with Mica Overlays

 

BRUCE BOND

in conversation with David Keplinger

Note Left at the Far End of the Street

Note Left in an Echo of the Note Before

 

KERRY JAMES EVANS

Casserole Island

Mississippi Snow

 

RAY GONZALEZ

La Frontera

 

HENRIETTA GOODMAN

The Repetitive Bird

 

HEIKKI HUOTARI

How the Mayfly Got Its Megaphone 2

 

JENNY IRISH

Lupine in Jardin des Plantes

 

DAVID KEPLINGER

in conversation with Bruce Bond

Note Left on the Back of an Antique Mirror 

Note Left in the Hubble Telescope, 1990

 

REBECCA LILLY

Lights Out

 

JULIA MCDANIEL

On a Walk with My Beloved, We Pass a Gingko

Eulogy for a Summer Evening

 

SANDRA MCPHERSON

The Minerals We Are Made of Are Beautiful

Dental Music

 

LIS SANCHEZ

Manuél Sánchez. Seaquake

 

ADAM SCHEFFLER

Advice from a Dog

 

RICHARD SPILMAN

Island of the Beginning and the End 

Tennis with Gulls

 

KAREEM TAYYAR

Request

 

MARC VINCENZ

Fire Tattoo

 

RANDALL WATSON

The Future of Nostalgia

Little League 

Losing the Self

 

J. P. WHITE

Fig & Elephant

Directions in the Northeast Kingdom to a Stand of Wild Apple Trees  

There’s a Problem in the Third Act

 

Poetry in Translation

 

ANZHELINA POLONSKAYA

TRANSLATED BY ANDREW WACHTEL

Стихи войны  

War Poem

Fiction

 

PAUL FARWELL

Meet Me at the Alacaster

 

GARY FINCKE

From the Heart

 

MADISON JOZEFIAK

A Tour of the Mural at the Merari Public Library

 

JEFFREY J. HIGA

The Boy, the Carpenter, and the Risen

 

BEN MILLER

A Slush Lover’s Homily

 

Nonfiction

 

CAROLINE CHAVATEL

American Museum

Interview

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Willow Springs 91 features prose and poetry from Bruce Bond, David Keplinger, and more. Plus, an interview with Brandon Hobson.

Willow Springs 90

Willow Springs 90

Fall 2022

Poetry

 

HUSSAIN AHMED

Myth

Planet

Unmarked

 

RASHA ALDUWAISAN

Confession

 

DAVID AXELROD

Conversation in the Mountains

Twenty Degrees of Declination

Into the Dark

 

NICOLE V BASTA

and thank every hour

prayer

 

DENVER BUTSON

from The Alibis of Scarecrows

rumors

from study guide (to the unofficial history of knife throwers)

“If you are lost”

“Maybe this road”

 

ARAN DONOVAN

After Rain

 

KINDALL FREDRICKS

Are You There God? It’s Me, That Bitch You Gave Lopsided Boobs and Anxiety

 

JAMES GRABILL

The Queen Joins the Banquet

 

JULIANA GRAY

Dementia

 

TOM MCCAULEY

to the active galactic nuclei

 

JOAN MURRAY

To Appreciate Squirrels

 

MATTHEW NIENOW

Getting Off Antidepressants

 

TRIIN PAJA

Etiolate

Summoning

The Early Hours

 

AMANDA MARET SCHARF

Sirius A

 

EMILY SCHULTEN

Dismantling

Motels We Stay in While Trying to Get Pregnant: The Gables

 

MELISSA STUDDARD

Bedazzling the Hummus

 

ELIZABETH TANNEN

Liz Phair, fifteen weeks

Riddle, six weeks

 

FRITZ WARD

from Born

“I left this page blank until it was a white sail”

 

DAVID WOJCIECHOWSKI

Voyage

 

Fiction

 

GREGORY BYRD

White on White

 

ANCA FODOR

The Librarian

 

JASON GRAFF

Voluntary Reader    

 

JULIE INNIS

Dead Dinosaurs 

 

ANTHONY KELLY

The Shovel Story  

 

LAUREN OSBORN

Gossamer Girl

 

Special Feature

 

ALBERT GOLDBARTH

Every seven years we’re completely new cells.

Impossible Flying

John Keats’s Hair

Less

Separate

Terrible, Unfair Burdens

Interview

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Willow Springs 90 features prose and poetry from Joan Murray, Triin Paja, David Axelrod, Anca Fodor, and more.

“The Remainder Salvaged” by Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

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Elegy for a Buckeye

 

I went all the way back to the beginning looking for a buckeye giant

On a quiet street in Ohio but it was gone and so were the spiny,

Gold brown husks containing the glossy nuts with circular eyes.

I always kept a buckeye in my pocket for any luck but bad

And rubbed its smooth finish hoping it would shiver me through

My father’s unhappiness with selling life insurance for Metropolitan.

On the way home from school, I would listen to the husks cracking,

The buckeyes falling for squirrels to lug off in their gaped mouths.

Food for winter? Isn’t that our first and last theme? If I had one

Of those buckeyes, I could look into its varnished mahogany burl

And see my father thumbing a buckeye like a miniature football,

Then launching it for a touchdown, my grandparents in Rye Beach,

Barefoot among the buckeyes for the beach and a last nude swim,

My Blue Angel cousin who crashed his jet must have tendered more

Than one in his hands and used it, like me, to steer by when he was

Grounded, and even the coalman conductor on a tight scream clock

Who I waved to every Friday from my bike might have glimpsed

This beauty before he entered the steel mills in Toledo and Chicago,

And thought for a moment he might lean against it some day

And read a book, everyone I knew in Ohio now seedless and distant

From the trees they planted to define them. My memory of all this

Only as old as September and young when compared to the Shawnee

Who named the tree after its nut flicking in a swale like a buck’s eye.

They are gone along with the Delaware and Miami and every other tribe

That ever lived in Ohio where this tree once lived and laid out

Its simple feast or do I have it wrong and the eye of the giant

I climbed and loved still sees what is happening and holds on?

 

Seabooted

 

I looked at my father in his last bed and saw him there seabooted

in the cockpit, holding in his eyes how a hull slips under a wave

without losing its push into weather. He didn’t hear my offerings

from a book he didn’t believe in, so much as the flapping of cloth,

the leaning into it, the splash kick of wake boiling off the transom.

Like any ocean indifferent to suffering, he contained countless wrecks.

On many other nights, I had gone down into his waters to survey

the damage, salvage the proof, imagine some blood payment

I might add to the patina, but on that night, I put aside my vanishing

into the ink of some ancient faded ledger between us and stayed

at the low, wet rail and we made the turn through the eye of the wind

and together found the morning. One of us heard the ocean over the dune.

 

Willow Springs 88

Willow Springs 88

Fall 2021

Poetry

 

ROY BENTLEY

To the Cleveland-Born Woman Who Disguised Herself As a Walk through

Summer in New Jersey

 

JOHN BLAIR

Correct

 

BRUCE BOND

Bread

 

NATE DUKE

Charles, Delete This Voicemail

 

JORDAN ESCOBAR

October Honey

 

FRANK GALLIMORE

Edsel

Appaloosa

 

KATHRYN HUNT

Last Changes

Have I Come to the Wrong Door?

 

DAVID KIRBY

Galileo

The Return of Martin Guerre

Immortal Beloved

 

MELISSA KWASNY

The Week of Moving Glass

The Willow Path

Searching for the Glasses You Dropped in the Creek

Rereading Dion Fortune's Psychic Self-Defense

An Ascetic Impulse Surfaces, Tears Leaves from Their Stems

 

KATHLEEN MCGOOKEY

Even in June

 

SANDRA MCPHERSON

Simple Science

Portraits in My Room

 

PABLO PIÑERO STILLMANN

The Smallest Jar of Mayo in the Known Universe

 

MELANIE TAFEJIAN

Preserved Lemons

 

LYUBA YAKIMCHUK

from Yum and War

Yum appears

making up the enemy

hiding together

how Yum was born

 

GARY YOUNG

"Last night I fell asleep"

"Each moment blossoms"

 

Fiction

 

ROBERT LONG FOREMAN

Darling Frauke

 

AMANDA MARBAIS

Waking Hours

 

WENDY ELIZABETH WALLACE

Labyrinth

Nonfiction

 

ANDREW FARKAS

When Hamburger Station is Busy

 

JEREMY ALVES DA SILVA KLEMIN

A Mental Map of Eastern Europe

 

HOLLY SPENCER

The Crack

 

Interview

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Willow Springs 88 features prose and poetry from David Kirby, Melissa Kwasny, Gary Young, Sandra McPherson, Lyuba Yakimchuk, Kevin McIlvoy, and more.

Willow Springs 89

Willow Springs 89

Winter 2022

Poetry

 

DAN ALBERGOTTI

We Waited for a Voice

 

E. KRISTIN ANDERSON

Getting Along For Long

 

ANNE BARNGROVER

Princess Mononoke Hits Differently Now

 

THOMAS BRUSH

Belief

 

ELENA CASTRO-OLIVA

Guatemala in a Time During Which I Still Loved Her

 

DORSEY CRAFT

Poem of Frisco the Cat

 

DANIELLE HANSON

Capturing Sky

 

JULIE HENSLEY

Fossils

 

KARAH KEMMERLY

Fernweh

 

ALYSE KNORR

First Human Head Transplant

 

DAVID DODD LEE

Lie Back Down

 

TESSA LIVINGSTONE

Molly, Sleepwalking

 

ANDREW RAHAL

School Night

 

MICHAEL ROGNER

Darwin’s Finches

 

ANDY SIA

Have we met before and before and before then?

 

MICHAEL SPENCE

In Winter: Move and Countermove

 

JOHN STRULOEFF

Alcohol

 

ELIZABETH VIGNALI

Family History

 

MEKIYA WALTERS

Soon We’ll Sell Ourselves for Parts

 

TOM WAYMAN

Poems in Winter

Fiction

 

ANDREW FURMAN

Beneficial Creatures

 

ADAM PETERSON

Zero Nothing Null

 

SIK CHUAN PUA

Hat Yai, 1979

 

NICKALUS RUPERT

Chasing Giants

 

Nonfiction

 

AMANDA GAINES

Polly Pocket Strip Poker

 

MAYA JEWELL ZELLER

Scavenger Panorama

 

Interview

 

ADA LIMÓN

 

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Willow Springs 89 features prose and poetry from David Dodd Lee, Nickalus Rupert, Anne Bangrover, Dan Albergotti, and more.

Willow Springs 39

Willow Springs 39

January 1997

Poetry

 

ROBERT GREGORY

Miss Annie Oakley Inside a Cloud of Butterflies  

Two Sisters Who Had Wandered 

Bluish City

 

DENISE DUHAMEL

Tulip

 

MICHAEL STRELOW

A Plague of Frogs 

The Fisherman’s Wife

 

FRANCES RICHY

Wake

 

LEX RUNCIMAN

Thin Air 

Like Men

 

BARBRA DRAKE

Small Favors

 

CARLOS REYES

Heavier Than Air

 

C. G. HANZLICEK

Feeding Frenzies

Bad Habit

 

ROB CARNEY

If I Hadn’t Drowned

 

LAURA KASISCHKE

Dear Earth

 

PETER SEARS

I Might Break, I Might Disappear 

Birds that Beat the Sky to Bits  

Glint

 

LOIS ROSEN

How to Play Wedding

 

JEFF MOCK

Lazarus’s Bed

 

D. NURSKE

Love Affair in the First Weeks of War 

Induction

 

JAMES GRABILL

Staying Alive  

Working With Desire  

As It Rains

 

ROBERT MCNAMARA

Poems from The Injured Coast

 

RALPH WILSON

Giving Blood

 

TOM CRAWFORD

Patriots

Yu Hyeung

Ri Ginkgo Tree

 

LINDA H. ELEGANT

Jackson Hole, 1946

 

ROBERT GIBB

Reclining Nude  

 

HOLLY FLEMING

Let Him Tell the Good Fishing Story

 

Poetry in Translation

 

ALEXANDER KLEIN (translated by LEE SHARKEY)

Search in Alexandrovsky Prison

Cell No. 18

 

SAINT-DENYS GARNEAU (translated by STEVEN REESE)

Portait

 

KATARZYNA BORUN-JAGODZINSKA (translated by KATHLEEN SNODGRASS with JUSTYNA

KOSTKOWSKA)

An Escape 

A Cat

 

Fiction

 

ROBERT ABEL

A Song of Heartbreak and Longing

 

DEV HATHAWAY

Taxidermy

 

H. E. FRANCIS

Talking to Spiders

 

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Willow Springs 39 features poetry, prose, and translation by Robert Gregory, Peter Sears, James Grabill, Tom Crawford, Robert Abel, and more.

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Willow Springs 38

Willow Springs 38

June 1996

Poetry

 

JOHN HAINES

Picture for a Breakfast Room 

Similitude

 

HUGH OGDEN

The Interval

 

MICHAEL STEIN

Gothic Woods

 

ELIZABETH MCLAGAN

Worked Loose by Wind

Winter Stars in a Summer Sunrise

 

JOSEPH GREEN

The Catch

 

J. CAILIN OAKES

Baseball

Flag

 

CHRIS KENNEDY

No Wonder

 

LESLEY DAUER

Home

 

CHRISTOPHER HOWELL

Approaching the Blind Date’s Door

Everything

 

CARLOS REYES

Straw Man

 

BRUCE GUERNSEY

The Sculptor

 

SUE WHEELER

Nonsense

 

RICK ALLEY

I Could Say the Mayfly’s

The Fish Breaking

 

PATRICIA HENLEY

Mining for Clarity

 

MARK IRWIN

Flame

 

JOSHUA MCKINNEY

Traces

Metaphysical

 

ALBERT GOLDBARTH

Three Days: Three Sections

Next 

Some Secret

 

DOUG MARX

Letters to Han-Shan

To the Skull above my Bookshelf

 

ROBERT CLINTON

The Giantess

 

ROBERT HACKETT

My Morning Tour as a Pharaoh 

Almost Cider Time  

 

WALTER BARGEN

The Invention of Flight  

 

KEVIN MILLER

Four Promises 

 

ROBERT HILL LONG

How Forgetting Words in Late Winter

 

Poetry in Translation

 

SERGEY GANDLEVSKY (translated by PHILLIP METRES)

Elegy  

 

THOMAS BERNHARD (translated by JAMES REIDEL

Come under the tree, there the dead 

The night crumples on gates in old walls  

 

INGEBORG BACHMANN (translated by JAMES REIDEL)

One kind of loss 

 

PHILLIPE JACCOTTET (translated by AMY LEMMON

The Secret 

 

DANTE ALIGHIERI (translated by SETH ZIMMERMAN)  

The Inferno: Canto V 

 

RAINER MARIA RILKE (translated by STEVEN LAUTERMILCH)

Postmark: Ragaz, 24 August 1926

Vachel Lindsay Poetry Award

 

MARGARET LLOYD

Red Dress

Willow Springs Poetry Award

 

GWYN MCVAY

In the Dirt

Fiction

 

JONATHAN JOHNSON

Driving Plow

Willow Springs Fiction Award

 

ALLISON GREEN

Half-Moon Scar

Interview

CHRISTOPHER HOWELL

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Willow Springs 38 features poetry, prose, and translation by Christopher Howell, Jonathan Johnson, Joshua McKinney, and more. The issue also includes Margaret Lloyd’s “Red Dress,” winner of the 1996 Vachel Lindsay Poetry Award, Gwyn McVay’s “In the Dirt,” winner of the 1996 Willow Springs Poetry Award, Allison Green’s “Half-Moon Scar,” winner of the 1996 Willow Springs Fiction Award, and an interview with Christopher Howell.

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Willow Springs 37

Willow Springs 37

January 1996

Poetry

 

CLAUDIA KEELAN

Chaff

 

KIM ADDONIZIO

Near Heron Lake 

At Moss Beach

 

COLLEEN MORTON

Blackbird

 

NIKKI HERSST

Binoculars on a Tattooed Lady

 

PHILLIP ST. CLAIR

Into the Cave

 

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE

Cape Cod

 

DAVID AXELROD

Crossing the Mountains at the New Year

 

MARINA PILAR GIPPS

Drive

 

DAVID ROMTVEDT

Planting

 

ED HAWORTH-HOEPPNER

Bonneville Dam

 

JOHN PALMER

Goal

 

JACQUELINE BERGER

In the Frame of the Hillside

 

MICHAEL VAN WALLEGHEN

Two Seizures

 

PETER COOLEY

For Arthur Dimsdale

 

JAN STREVER

One Foot Planted While the Other One Roams

 

JACK BARRACK

Digging

 

TIMOTHY LIU

Across the River

 

BRAD RICHARD

Clown

Queer Studies

 

SUSAN EISENBERG

Depression

 

TAYLOR GRAHAM

J.J.’s Truck Stop  

 

CHRIS FORHAN

Without Presumptions

An Honest Forest

Pine, Pine, Pine   

 

KHALED MATTAWA

I Was Buried In Janzoor

 

MICHELLE BYRNE

Silence

 

JAMES FINNEGAN

A Loon Diving 

 

RON JOUCHIN

I Sit at Home Naked  

 

SALLY THOMAS

Love poem, West Memphis 

The Last Day  

 

ELIZABETH KIRSCHNER

Lullaby 

 

MEGAN SEXTON

Lastochki 

 

GEORGIA TIFFANY

Playing School 

 

JAMES GRABILL

The Unanswering Will Go Unanswering

 

Fiction

 

LESLIE PIETRZYK

My Grandmother’s Rosary

Review

 

JOSHUA MCKINNEY

Unprepared in Earnest: on Keelan, Shapiro, and Gander

AWP Intro Award Winners

 

DEBRA DEAKIN

Screech Owl in Symphony  

 

VERNON FOWLKES, JR.

Small Absence  

 

CHRISTIAN ROSENSTOCK

Taking the Life Out  

 

JESSE MILLNER

Hymns  

 

AMY HICKMAN

Cyprus: A Fragment 

 

ERIK SIMON

Waiting for the Deacon  

 

KATHLEEN HEIDEMAN

Van Gogh’s Priest

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Willow Springs 37 features poetry and prose by Kim Addonizio, Chris Forhan, James Grabill, Leslie Pietrzyk, and more, and a review by Joshua McKinney.

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Willow Springs 36

Willow Springs 36

June 1995

Poetry

 

JAY LADIN

Arkansas

 

MARK IRWIN

The Window  

Vines

 

JAMES WILLIAMS

Sleep  

Matriarchs

 

SUZANNE PAOLA

Driftwood Beach: Theme & Variations

 

ANTHONY SOBIN

Another Birthday: Sending the Angel Ahead

 

TONY HOFER

Grandfather Escapes Into a Sparrow

 

THEODORA TODD

We are on the Ferry Again

 

REGINALD SHEPHERD

Vampires 

 

JACK MYERS

self to Self 

Posessed 

Keepers of the Past

 

JOHN WHALEN

Radio

 

JOUL BROUWER

May Day, 1921, In the Town of Vitebsk

 

JAY MEEK

Jars

 

SHELIA NICKERSON

Evensong

 

Poetry in Translation

 

GRZEGROZ MUSIAL (translated by LIA PURPURA)

Untitled 

All Souls’ Day on the Bay 

Death in Berlin 

Charlottenburg–the Park Scenes 

Untitled

 

LIA PURPURA

Where Language Lives: Notes on Translation (Essay)

 

BLAGA DIMITROVA (translated by JOHN BALABAN and ELENA HRISTOVA)

Who Takes Care of the Blind Stork?

Lullaby For My Mother

 

SWEGEY GANDLEVSKY (translated by PHILLIP METRES)

Untitled

 

VINCIUS DE MORAES (translated by THOMAS DORSETT and MOYSES PURISCH)

Dead Can Sonnet

 

INGEBORG BACHMANN (translated by THOMAS DORSETT)

Paris

 

Translations by SAM HAMILL

Five Haiku from the Japanese

 

SU DONG-PO (translated by YUN WANG)

He Xin Lang (To the Bridegroom)

 

PABLO NERUDA (translated by NANCY ANCROM)

Hymn and Return

 

HAN SHAN (translated by PETER STAMBLER)

Judging a Scroll by its Ribbons

 

YANNIS RITSOS (translated by MARTIN MCKINSEY)

Selections from Ticks of the Clock

 

SA’ADI YOUSSEF (translated by KHALED MATTAWA)

On the Red Sea

 

HASIM SHAFIQ (translated by KHALED MATTAWA)   

The First House 

 

JULES SUPERVIELLE (translated by GEOFFREY GARDNER)   

Untitled 

 

PHILIPPE SOUPAULT (translated by TOM HIBBARD)  

Little Daily Phantoms  

 

OSCAR VLADISLAS DE LUBICZ MILOSZ (translated by TOD MARSHALL)  

Autumn Song 

The Bridge  

 

LUCRETIUS (Translated by JONATHHAN SPIEGEL and JEAN BERRETT)

from De Rerum Natura, Book II

 

Vachel Lindsay Poetry Award

 

MARRY ANN SAMYN

Omitting the Heart

Essay

 

TOD MARSHALL

Our Daily Bread: Some Thoughts on Simone Weil

Fiction

 

BRAD BARKLEY

Clown Alley

Willow Springs Fiction Award

 

ROBERT HENRY BENNETT

Outside Sylvie City

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Willow Springs 36 features poetry, prose, and translation by Jay Ladin, Mark Irwin, Brad Barkley, Jack Myers, and more. The issue also includes Mary Ann Samyn’s “Omitting the Heart,” winner of the 1995 Vachel Lindsay Poetry Award, Robert Harry Bennett’s “Outside Sylvie City,” winner of the 1995 Willow Springs Fiction Award.

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