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The Life By Ann Huang

The Life By Ann Huang You had a life for bringing in the silver lake of a forgotten way . . . (Water light and thinned and white as the drain of poppy seeds . . . castles let alone in saffron banks . . . sky translucent as a gay whale . . . and the urgent moon splurging silver under New Zealand, gin-pure, merging into the sea . . . ) And the night is many upside bowls or its moon a glory of black lures glued in acute-blue sky when could you own your life? Author bio: Ann Huang is a seasoned marketer with more than fifteen years of experience working with the spoken and written word. As an MFA recipient in Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Huang’s poetry has appeared online and in print extensively. Her recent poem, “Night Lullaby,” was a Ruth Stone Poetry Prize finalist. Huang's new poetry collection, Delicious and Alien, is due out in 2017. Her poems follow the surrealistic gestures that weave reality into divergent realms of perspectives and perceptions. Visit AnnHuang.com for more poems and press releases. 38

[Then of forest paths diverge and keepdiverging] by Aaron Bauer Then of forest paths diverge and keep diverging. There is a brief moment in everyone's life when he or she is free from strife. When there is not one word apt to describe where these fragments dig under our skin. What they burrow themselves into is flesh like sprouts grow out of fields. Why they were forced to cut in we don't know, nor do we know how. Think but this is a nothing moment, that this beauty is a mole on your mother's breast, that this grizzly death is the one awaiting you, that this land is only itself when bathed in moonlight. This man is man, and he is you. This palpable tension . . . This zealous lover . . . Thou art how great . . . Thou lucky mistresses . . . Though a good deal warped, we will build our homes with these boards, and through the floorboards worms will slither, and through the house, sunlight will glimmer, and through the walls, wind will eat your skin. It will be time to admit the air has power over you. Author bio: Aaron Bauer is a Pushcart-nominated poet and educator living in Colorado. He received his MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His work has appeared in Prism Review, Poemeleon and others. His chapbook Colloquy of Sparrows was published Blue Lyre Press. His website is aaronmbauer.wordpress.com. 39

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