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  April 2014
volume 11 number 1
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  Christopher Mulrooney
  Philip ONeil
  Ebi Robert
  Walter Ruhlmann
  April Salzano
  Jake Sheff
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Julia Stein
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† † Julia Stein is co-author of the upcoming non-fiction book Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World (London, 2015). She has published five books of poetry, the latest which is What Are They Like. She has edited two books of poetry: Walking Through a River of Fire: 100 Years of Triangle Fire Poetry and Every Day Is an Act of Resistance: Selected Poems of Carol Tarlen.
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Diving

I have lived three years closed up in a dark cave
beginning that year my mother had three seizures.
I rescued her from the hospital, drove her home,
then I lived with a closed off heart those years
careening from crises to crises until I read what.
you wrote online, and I laughed. Now I want to leave
hiding out in a dark cave, want to open up my heart,
want laughter deep as the sea, want to dance with
you across the floor. No, Iím not glass that will break
on one rejection. Iím rubber that bounces back. I know
how to swim, keep my head above water. Now I want to
dive head first into the future.

copyright 2014 Julia Stein