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Karen Rigby-


Coconut milk, vinegar, serranos, cumin
and salt, the bowl darkens to the shade

of a new leaf while I’m butterflying
shrimp the way I did those mornings

I stood beside my mother wishing
we lived in a city of starred pollen,

four seasons instead of fire and aguacero.
I miss the green walls on either side

of the road, the scent I look for in every
page below the Tropic of Cancer.

Mid-winter, I’m wrapping noodles
in rice sheets until they fold in shapes

like heart-of-palm or something to give
my mother, the blue crown licking

the paila. Last fall the tumor
in her breast multiplied darkness,

and though it was nothing, I thank her
for the green glossaries all those years.



I slide on the camisole
printed with rosettes. Scent the back

of both knees.
He snaps the blinds.

Unplugs the phone. The dropcloth
spread across the table

and oak chairs becomes my field:
I circle stones, he trails

behind, binoculars
in hand. Leopards

vocalize at dusk, a rasping in the air,
they hunt alone,

warn others in their range.
The light to gauge by is chestnut-colored silk.



1881, any of a genus of the four-o’clock family
of ornamental tropical American woody vines.

1 | n. Bracts like tiny lanterns: fuchsia, orange
ice and double-tongues cascading down
the iron balconies and walls. Fireworks no one
would cut.

2 | syn. The lip-sticked mouths of girls grew
feverish with rain. 3 | At thirteen, I lived inside
the column of my dress, had not been
kissed. I wrote my name on the jackets of old
books; whole archives stored beneath the vines.
4 | Tincture in the womb-not one of us had

5 | v. I scissored hair to my chin. Shook
crows from my lungs. 6 | The boy I loved
spun witchery in my palm.

“Bougainvillea” was originally published in Ache Magazine,
Vol. 002, Vision & Voice, 2002.


Karen Rigby’s second chapbook, Savage Machinery, was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press.  Her first chapbook, Festival Bone, was published by Adastra Press in 2004. She received a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2007.




Editor, Lisa Zaran

ISSN: 1095-732x

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2007

January - Roger Humes
February - Jimmy Santiago Baca
March - Graham Burchell
April - Ruth Daigon
May - Anne Fraser
June - Corey Mesler
July - Scott Malby
August - James Keane
September - Maurice Oliver
October - Robert Pinsky
November - Louis Daniel Brodsky
December - Bill Duvall

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2008

January - Kelley White
February - L. Ward Abel
March - Maura Stanton
April - Dr. Charles Frederickson
May - Peter Magliocco
June - Penny Harter
July - Gary Beck
August - Jéanpaul Ferro
September - Fish and Shushan
October - Kenneth Gurney
November - John Gallaher
December - Carmen Alexandra

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2009

January - Karen Rigby
February - A.D. Winans
March - Donald Illich
April - Stephen Ferreira
May - Tracee Coleman
June - Ernest Williamson
July - Sally Van Doren
August - Nanette Rayman Rivera
September - Gianina Opris
October - Judson Mitcham
November - Joel Solonche
December - Peycho Kanev

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2010

January - Louis Gallo
February - Buxton Wells
March - Labi Siffre
April - Regina Green
May - Howard Good
June - Carol Lynn Grellas
July - William Doreski
August - Sari Krosinsky
September - Ben Nardolilli
October - James Piatt
November - Robert Lietz
December - John Grey

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2011

January - Robert Philbin
February - iolanda scripca
March - Tad Richards
April - Katie Kopin
May - Jacob Newberry
June - George Moore
July - Rae Spencer
August - Jim Richards
September - Antonia Clark
October - Tannen Dell
November - Christina Matthews
December - Charles Clifford Brooks III

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2012

January - Anniversary Issue
February - Jim Davis
March - Ivy Page
April - Maurice Oliver
May - Lori Desrosiers
June - Ray Sharp
July - Nathan Prince
August - Robert Klein Engler
September - Jenn Monroe
October - John Grey
November - Andrea Potos
December - Christina M. Rau

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2013

January - Maria Luisa Arroyo
February - Journal on haitus

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2014

April - Rebirth
May - Timothy Walsh
June - Brian Fanelli
July - Carol Smallwood
August - Elizabeth P. Glixman
September - Sally Van Doren
October - Sherry O'Keefe
November - Robert McDonald
December - Gerry McFarland

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2015

January - James Keane
February - Liza Hyatt
March - Joseph Reich
April - Charles Thielman
May - Norbert Krapf
June - Lynne Knight
July - Sarah Brown Weitzman
August - Tom Montag
September - Susan Palmer
October - Holly Day
November - A.J. Huffman
December - Tom Pescatore

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2016

January - Richard Perin
February - Linne Ebbrecht
March - Sheri Vandermolen
April - Molly Cappiello
May - Caleb Coy
June - Paul Lubenkov
July - Domenic Scopa
August - Adam Phillips
September - Timothy Gager
October - Bruce Lader
November - Holly Day
December - Al Rocheleau

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2017

January - Robert Lietz
February - Jocelyn Heaney
March - David Brinkman
April - Lana Bella
May - Kaitlyn O'Malley
June - Ruth Kessler
July - Chanel Brenner
August - Darren Demaree
September - George Moore
October - Joshua Medsker
November - Ralph Monday
December - Howie Good

Confirmed Featured Poets – 2018

January – Simon Perchik
February – Julia Travers
March-June – Journal on hiatus
July – Simon Perchik
August – Hiram Larew
September – Kevin Casey
October – Ditta Baron Hoeber
November – EG Ted Davis


Image of bird by contemporary artist, Courtney Smith
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