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This Rain

brings with it the scent of rain-soaked lilac, lemon lily. Bruised

skirts of thunderclouds drop their wet hems over this prairie. It rains

and the ditches brim, rains

and the water rises like ire amongst the willows.

What we say and do not say. The heart

incandescent, riverine with distance.




lilt like this: sound

of droplets from leaves


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(Shortlisted for the International Salt Prize for Best Individual Poem, 2012

Published in The Salt Book of New Writing 2013, UK.)



Jenna Butler is the author of three books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road (NeWest Press, 2013), Wells (University of Alberta Press, 2012), and Aphelion (NeWest Press, 2010), in addition to a book of ecocritical essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail. When she is not in the classroom as a professor of ecocriticism and creative writing at Red Deer College, she works as a beekeeper on her off-grid organic farm in northern Canada. Her new book of essays on women and beekeeping, Revery: A Year of Bees, is forthcoming.

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Stan Galloway teaches English at Bridgewater College in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. His reviews of poetry have been published in such places as Christianity & Literature, New Orleans Review, and Paterson Literary Review. His poetry was nominated Best of the Net in 2011, 2012, and 2014, and for the Pushcart Prize 2013. His full collection, Just Married, was published in 2013 (unbound CONTENT). He has written two chapbooks: Abraham (Sierra Delta Press, 2012) and A Bird’s Life, an e-chapbook from Books On Blog. He has had more than 100 poems published singly and has also written a book of literary criticism, The Teenage Tarzan (McFarland, 2010).

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