We dedicate this issue to Mothers --
those wonderful creatures who gave us life and encouraged our spirit, creativity and individuality as poets
and writers.  We are honored to provide this loving tribute to all the mothers who made us what we are today.


"The jasmine leaves in a young Asian woman's hair"
The Wallpaper in My Mother's Hall
by Lyn Lifshin

"And she bloomed like the lilacs"
The Gold Dresses
by Lyn Lifshin


"Stunted twigs shadowed by pine"
My Mother and the Lilacs
by Lyn Lifshin

"Let the wind fling her from me"
Even After 9 Years

by  Lyn Lifshin



"I feel her emptiness as if it were my own"
A Quiet Poem For Mother
by Deborah Russell


"Across a river of print our homeland; a place from which to view the river within us"
To My Mother
by Deborah Russell



"Sobs the songs night sings inside a house emptied of her"
When One More Elegy Will Not Do 

by Andrena Zawinski



"We wanted arabesque"
The Woman I Wrestle 
by  Nancy Shiffrin



"The sea speaks nothing"
Christine’s World
by Gabriela Anaya Valdepeña



"He sings a grand old song"
Jimmy's Song
by Sharmagne Leland-St.John



"The suits were just like Mamie Eisenhower wore"
Saturday Morning Tuna & Shopping
by Janet Elaine Smith



"We have a close bond that neither time nor distance can erase"
My Grandma
by Tricia Draper



The perfect wine to serve at a wedding or garden party.
May Wine
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John


This unusual recipe dates back to Medieval times and is perfect for serving at an outdoor luncheon.
Rose Petal Bread
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Graphics by Sara Wadington

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