Kate McQuade
An Accident of Nature

Kate McQuade - An Accident of Nature

Poetry
Kate McQuade’s first novel, Two Harbors, was published by Harcourt under the name Kate Benson and released in the Netherlands… Read more »
Roisin Kelly
Ballycotton

Roisin Kelly - Ballycotton

Poetry
Roisin Kelly is an Irish poet who was born in Belfast and raised in Co. Leitrim, and has since found… Read more »
Patricia Colleen Murphy
Dad’s Last Entrechat

Patricia Colleen Murphy - Dad’s Last Entrechat

Poetry
Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. Her work… Read more »
David Kirby
I Love You, John Maynard Keynes

David Kirby - I Love You, John Maynard Keynes

Poetry
David Kirby’s collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award… Read more »
Virginia Smith Rice
I Won’t Be that Foolish (Domineer, Devour)

Virginia Smith Rice - I Won’t Be that Foolish (Domineer, Devour)

Poetry
Virginia Smith Rice is the author of When I Wake It Will Be Forever (Sundress Publications, 2014.) Her poems appear… Read more »
Destiny Birdsong
Injection Ending in a Bible Verse

Destiny Birdsong - Injection Ending in a Bible Verse

Poetry
Destiny Birdsong is a Pushcart-prize nominated poet and essayist whose poems have either appeared or are forthcoming in African American… Read more »
Matthew Landrum
Mortling

Matthew Landrum - Mortling

Poetry
Matthew Landrum is poetry editor of Structo Magazine. His poems and translations have recently appeared in PANK, The Michigan Quarterly… Read more »
Michael Johnson
Sitting on a Fallen Cedar

Michael Johnson - Sitting on a Fallen Cedar

Poetry
Michael Johnson is from Bella Coola, British Columbia. His poetry and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, The Fiddlehead,… Read more »
Paul David Adkins
Where Are They Now? – La Llorona

Paul David Adkins - Where Are They Now? – La Llorona

Poetry
Paul David Adkins grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and lives in New York, working as a counselor. He served… Read more »

An Accident of Nature

Kate McQuade

Through the glass: July. Bright, teeming, the dead
middle of the thing, leaves so charged they flicker.
No bruisy wintry blues now, just a lawn edged

with shadows, and that little yellow shimmer
can’t be fall yet—only blight along the border
of the green. So we tell ourselves. Picture

me at the kitchen window, looking over
all we’ve tended. Seething, urgent green. The kind
that says today, green of arbors, ardors,

malignant green, frantic with now. You’ve called
to tell me no, they didn’t find the gene
in your bloodwork, the one that might forestall

the tumor’s growth, explain its lineage—might mean
history, might mean future. Just a little
accident of nature. Your voice is reeling

between laugh and car crash, a throaty middle.
Across the yard, years ago, a thick branch fell,
snagged in the armpit of the old maple

on its way down. It’s still there, balanced, swelled
with moss and moths and little buds, tender
shoots taking root in decay.… Read more »