Crabapple child, Born sour and folded in dough. Baked an hour before you hatched. You remember the water, Its petals, in peals, in bells incessant On your limbs like a new beginning, But not what came after, Heat of the stone. You’re exactly the length of geese on glaciers, Gullets trout-full and choking up moon. Precisely the width of woven cats. Their pure whispers Strung on fences and frames All angles all edges Before they slip through. Your mother twisted light and shadow, Sloughed off film that tarred your lungs Just so you could call out in the black. Just so you could call her back From where she’s gone Or where she’s been. One thrush coughs throaty with night. Sour child now call it back.
Shannon Cuthbert is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn. Her poems have appeared in The Orchards Poetry Journal, Writers’ Cafe Magazine, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry, among others. Her work is forthcoming in Dodging the Rain, Plum Tree Tavern, Amethyst Review, and Hamilton Stone Review.
Roberta “Bobby” Santlofer (1943-2020) was a mother of sons, an avid reader, and a poet. A posthumous collection of her poetry is forthcoming. Santlofer’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Philadelphia Stories, Grey Sparrow Review, and elsewhere.
Ian Mullins ships out from Liverpool. Laughter In The Shape Of A Guitar (UB) struck few chords in 2015. Almost Human (Original Plus) was let loose in 2017. Masks and Shadows (Wordcatcher) took off in 2019. Take A Deep Breath (Dempsey and Windle) followed in 2020.
Bindweed Editor in Chief, Leilanie Stewart’s, third poetry collection The Redundancy of Tautology is now published! You can buy copies from Amazon UK, from Amazon dot com and from her publisher’s website at Cyberwit.
You can read sample poems from her collection that were previously published in magazines and anthologies – the following links are free to read online: