Rebecca Baggett is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Thalassa (Finishing Line Press) and God Puts on the Body of a Deer (Main Street Rag). Her work has received four Pushcart nominations and appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including Miramar, New England Review, North American Review, the Southern Poetry Review, and Tar River Poetry. She lives in Athens, GA, where she works […]
As a poet, Will Nixon is the author of Acrostic Woodstock, My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse, and Love in the City of Grudges. With Michael Perkins he has co-authored Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart of America’s Most Famous Small Town and The Pocket Guide to Woodstock.
This is where we sat once, cinder blocks for back steps, trumpet vine spreading under the siding. You played so many songs on your old harmonica and I danced. When the heat went out, you combed tangles from my hair, fed me straight from the jam jar. The mail piled in the corner— old pennysavers, […]
Near death, sometimes the hands curve into themselves like claws. I held my mother’s open, smoothing the fingers, trimming the wild nails. Once, years before, my husband and I awoke to a fawn caught in the family compost, a hole on its back end festering with worms, and he pinched each one out swiping his […]
I confess now I have begun to henna my red hair gone dull in parts and penny bright in others. And I always tried to subdue its wildness. But when the hull of our marriage busted rock and began to leak, we both thought it was a good idea to renovate the kitchen, together, by […]
In the end, my mother’s shoulders, barely covered and quivering, were like birds. Once, I made a dress for her, the fabric creamy white, the print a single brown tree spanning the width, with stark branches. It was 1974. I was fourteen. Each night, I taught […]