Fiction & Poetry Contests
There’s something to be saidabout standing on the center lineof a bustling four-lane road,cars skimming by in front and behind meas I watch my stainless steel thermosbumble along toward the opposite curb
There’s a truck double-parked in the only parking spot.The guy at the counter owns a construction business,
First, find the reliquary:Collect the bones of the mammoth,regurgitated onto the shoreby the agitate cycle of thawing permafrost,rinse clean by the frigid lake’s lapping,swelled in a jumble of reeds
A man on a bicycle.Does he strain into his vocal cordsbecause he is angry, wonderwhy he is riding on this trackgoing around in circlesas his life seems to veer offin jagged directions, no winding
Eva would tell her father about the proposal herself.
of the need for lyricwhispers and fingertipsbehind my earlike a distant melody
of dappled water that flowswhere tulips opentheir soft petals spreadinglike a morning yawn
Solid as fish shimmerleaping from the skyto regain its ground,its Rock River,its Seine.
This bluethis morning is mere garmentsde mes mémoires faibles.
At the birth of a third daughter, on the eve of world war,my grandfather refused to look at heror come in from the barn.In that old country, deepwithin my newborn mother,in my invisible ovary home,
The woman stands in a yellow sundress and sandals, snow circling her blue ankles. It’s January in Milwaukee, and she’s out on the street half-naked.
Mary Wehner shares a reading of her prizewinning poems from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest.
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