Shonté Daniels
Alligator Mississippiensis

Shonté Daniels - Alligator Mississippiensis

Poetry
Shonté Daniels is a poet and games journalist. She is currently an editorial associate at Rewire. Her poetry has appeared… Read more »
Michele Leavitt
Ash Box

Michele Leavitt - Ash Box

Poetry
Michele Leavitt, a poet and essayist, is also a high school dropout, hepatitis C survivor, and former trial attorney. Recent… Read more »
Laura Donnelly
Birding

Laura Donnelly - Birding

Poetry
Laura Donnelly’s first book, Watershed, won the 2013 Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize. Her poetry has appeared recently in Passages… Read more »
Philip Schaefer
Portrait for the Anti-Refugee Campaign in Ravalli County, MT

Philip Schaefer - Portrait for the Anti-Refugee Campaign in Ravalli County, MT

Poetry
Philip Schaefer’s debut collection Bad Summon won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize from the University of Utah Press and… Read more »
Roy Bentley
The Keno Caller at the Oxford Cafe in Missoula

Roy Bentley - The Keno Caller at the Oxford Cafe in Missoula

Poetry
Roy Bentley is the author of four collections of poetry, including Starlight Taxi (Lynx House: 2013), which won the 2012… Read more »

Birding

Laura Donnelly

for my mother

Today we’re out birding, you
in your red coat, the binoculars

we borrowed swinging from our necks.
Yellow warbler, catbird mewling.

Mostly, I’m learning to walk more slowly,
ignore my phone’s itch,

not rush you, remembering
how we sat in the hospital

playing cribbage while a line dripped
into your arm, the tangle of wires

that meant I shuffled for you.
We agreed whoever was ahead

when the doctor came in would win
and I was relieved it was you.

You were not frightened of the knife
but the drug that would lay you out

cold on the table –
to disappear like that for an hour,

two, while they dug a tumor
the size of a robin’s egg

from your right breast. To not know
where the mind will hide out,

how they’ll call it back down –
Down the hall, a woman

had both breasts removed.
I watched her husband

in the… Read more »