Volume 2, Issue 5    |    ISSN: 1941-2908
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Narrowing Silhouettes

by NANETTE RAYMAN RIVERA






          Maybe the cowbird was omen and mourning
          dim ligatures of childhood, stealing
          the nests outside your teenage window.
          New feathers uncombed, and petite cries gone
          more and more astray inside Dad's willows
          stroking you through the house in western Massachusetts.
          Or maybe it was your brothers wrestling, although
          they joined themselves together, head by handful, bruised
          boys corralling a future escape.

          Just maybe it was the dusk, the thunder, the baby
          cowbird, the damp. And you, awash in some gray-cast
          glacial reach to dispatch this mother, seizing fistfuls
          of hair and cutting, right next to your brothers
          who tried to prevent her, pounding her with brushes
          snatched from your dresser days before.
          Maybe it was your screams, or the moment she licked
          her lips and the room took a belly-breath, empathetic
          to the cowbird, aerodynamic moments before.

          Or was it the piano? Sunlight pounding disinfected
          keys, casting into cowbirds the narrowing silhouettes
          of mothers, and you, in a dream, treating yourself
          to vodka and gin in the playroom's bar, knowing
          this moment is like death and won't end, hourly
           expanding as the cowbird's mother untangles and
          sways, tosses her babies in her selfish swoop down.







Nanette Rayman Rivera, two time Pushcart nominee, is the author of a poetry collection, Project: Butterflies published by Foothills Publishing and a chapbook, alegrias, published by Lopside Press. She is the first winner of the Glass Woman Prize for non-fiction and she was nominated by Chantarelle's Notebook for Best of the Net Anthology. Publications include: Dragonfire, Berkeley Fiction Review, Worcester Review, The Pedestal, The Pebble Lake Review, MiPOesias, Carousel, Barnwood, Lily, ken*again, Arsenic Lobster, The Externalist, A Little Poetry, Her Circle, Sein Und Werden, Wicked Alice, DMQ Review, Carve Magazine, Wheelhouse, Anti Muse, Flutter, Jack, Words and Pictures, 5 Trope, Stirring, Snow Monkey, Small Spiral Notebook, Three Candles, The Centrifugal Eye, The Greensilk JournalEditor's Pick, FlashquakeEditor's Pick, Red River Review, Aoife's Kiss, The Pittsburgh Quarterly. Upcoming: Tipton Poetry Journal, Grasslimb. She is shopping her memoir around with a story that depicts the "real deal" about New York City homelessness, welfare and public housing, that no one will admit to. She was the Guest Poetry Editor for Moondance—December 2007. And she played a waitress on All My Children four times. She is listed on Turner Classic Movies, imbd, and Yahoo.movies for her acting roles in "Stephan's Silver Bell" and Guns on the Clackamas.




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      CONTENTS

     

      FICTION


      —Identified: Musings (Attributed to Mardun T.)

TOIYA KRISTEN FINLEY

      —Mr. Water Bones and His Wife

PAUL JESSUP

      —The Writing's on the Wall

MATTHEW KRESSEL

      —Praise and Criticism for M. Rekling's The Bottle

ALEX DALLY MACFARLANE

      —Between the Lines

JONATHAN WOOD

     

      POETRY


      —Narrowing Silhouettes

NANETTE RAYMAN RIVERA

      —The Birth of Bluebeard

JOSELLE VANDERHOOFT

      —Bluebeard Searches for a Bottle

JOSELLE VANDERHOOFT

      —Bluebeard's Honeymoon

JOSELLE VANDERHOOFT

     

      NONFICTION


      —Interview: Duncan MacLean

KRYSTAL HART

     

      SERIAL


      —A Self Help Guide for the Last Few Zero Years [1]

DOUGLAS LAIN

      —The Letter

MARK TEPPO

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