The small petals crouched behind the dark
green curtain of summer cedar are past their best.
Their edges crimped and browned
like the fringes of burned paper …

Poem, in its entirety, is available in the printed version of the current issue.


Susan J. Atkinson’s poems have won a number of awards, including first prize in the 2019 National Capital Writing Contest. Her debut poetry collection, The Marta Poems, was published in 2020 by Silver Bow Publishing, and her chapbook The Birthday Party, the Mariachi Player and the Tourist was released in 2021 by Catkin Press (

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