Cover photo Nikki Paganelli

Summer Bath with a Sister
Diane Averill

After somersaults
all over lawn and
after crushing the forbidden
lavender into our hair
then mimicking Mother’s
mad voice with red and yellow
snapdragon puppets
we’d unpeel our birch bark underwear
for the bath….


Michael Gregg Michaud

There were two brothers
who loved each other,
twins, of one flesh,
who held each other
in the dark as if
they were afraid to die….