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under drying skies, north,

passing fields

the summer has been too wet

to turn brown,

i wait for God

to appear, for poems to rise

like mists, for some sort

of ever


that doesn’t sting.

croon to me like a wild road,

sunlight spider-webbing

across a cracked windshield

across strange arms

across a morning we can all afford

to spend and live

and live.


Joanna Suzanne Lee earned her MD from the Medical College of Virginia in 2007 and a further MS in Applied Science from the College of William and Mary in 2010. Her ppoetry has been published in a number of online and print journals, including Caduceus, Contemporary American Voices, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Her second full­-length book of poetry, the river and the dead, is forthcoming in 2015 from unboundCONTENT. She is currently serving her third year on the James River Writers Board of Directors, and, under the big bright umbrella of Richmond’s River City Poets, she makes possible a wide range of poetry happenings from Shockoe Slip to South of the James.

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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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