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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor Vallie Lynn Watson __________ This two-part issue was a bear (animal pun intended), and wouldn’t be possible without contest judge Ken Foster and Boudin‘s managing editor, Abbie Skinner. Abbie read all contest entries, blind, selected both the top ten, and then the top five, which we sent…

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All Football ’21

All Football ’21 Editor: Chris Lowe Letter from the Editor by Chris Lowe “Double-Sonnet in Race” by Prince Bush Four Poems by Dorsey Craft “Hash Marked” by Jordan Escobar “Parable” by J. Bruce Fuller “The Unexpected Dryness of a Lemon Poppy Scone” by Jacob Ginsberg Two Poems by Raye Hendrix…

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Cemetery One Nighter

Cemetery One Nighter Paul Corman-Roberts __________ It isn’t the name she told you, the name that isn’t her real name but the name they told your friend, heartbroken back in the pizza joint you hit up where you first squeezed her thigh under the table out of your friend’s sight, neither of you knowing she was death, happy to clasp your fingers…

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The Music Carries Me Like The Wind Carries My Voice

The Music Carries Me Like The Wind Carries My Voice Vallie McGallion, High School Contest Winner __________ As if the sunlight, warm on my skin Seeped below, trickled within I feel the melody within me, visceral Metaphorical, and all the while, literal The beach’s breeze, blowing in my hair Carries…

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On Becoming a Country Music Song

On Becoming a Country Music Song Jenny Yang Cropp __________ That first night, I traced invisible letters  in the shower, water carving their song into my skin. A mother-no-mother girl could have a new mother if only she changed  her middle name to Lynn. L – Y – N –…

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Three Songs

Three Songs Mike Wilson __________ I A bird untucks her head from her wing. measures the spaciousness of sky. Clutching the branch, she feels the tree drinking earth with the beak of its roots. Without thought, she sings I am happy this morning before fighting for food begins. II King’s…

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The Music’s Gonna Get You

The Music’s Gonna Get You Margo Williams __________ Caitlin saw him from across the tavern. He was at least ten years older than she, maybe more.  His dark hair grew in waves to his shoulders; his five o’clock shadow was sexy. He strummed his guitar with such purpose. Long pale…

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Little by Little

Little by Little Susan Tepper __________ A drum roll woke me at 3am.  When I saw that time lit in red on my alarm clock I almost had a hemorrhage. The racket was coming from the downstairs apartment.  I got up and kicked the floor a few times.  No change. …

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The Circle Game

The Circle Game Gerard Sarnat __________ I recall all my being as an isolated youngster,   can’t go outside cause of bad ragweed allergies,   wrapped by Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives’ mournful   sweet  croons+twangy twinkly banjo tunes— stuck watching 10” vinyl discs go round and round   78 times per minute…

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Shadows & Jazz

Shadows & Jazz Tony O’Dwyer __________ The sound of a clarinet can seduce Even the most careless of hearts As the short pumping kisses of breath, The deft curving of fingers, Transform to hot melting notes. We danced, holding our hands low, The music swaying on our bodies, Twined in…

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