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  August 2009
volume 7 number 2
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  Mary Rose Betten
  Richard Burrill
  David Christensen
  Kathrine David
  Holly Day
  kumari de Silva
  Kenneth Gurney
  Paul Hellweg
  Thea Iberall
  Kathleen Kenny
  Tracy Koretsky
  Marie Lecrivain
  H.E. Mantel
  Rick Marlatt
  Augusto Munoz
  Sergio Ortiz
  Yelena and Roman Tunkel
  Carmen Vega
  John Sibley Williams
  Amye Wilson
  Seth Woolf
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Rick Marlatt
August 2009



photo by maja trochimczyk

    Rick Marlatt teaches English in Nebraska. He has BAs in English and Philosophy and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska, and he is currently pursuing a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside at Palm Desert. Marlatt's most recent publications include The Pedestal Magazine, Barnwood International Poetry, and Superstition Review. Marlatt performs as an actor, poet, and writer, most recently, winning the University of Nebraska Sigma Tau Delta Short Fiction Slam.
Rick Marlatt



Grandpa's Funeral

Grandpa’s Funeral

I remember feeling guilty for
coming alive that morning.

There was a conspiracy to
hide it all from the crows,

in the bitter air's shards, not even
my breath was a secret.

A jackknifed cold ached in the knees
of the ear-muffed service men

and punished their lips with
every shrill into important trumpets,

hoarfrost like barbed wire wrenched
white around each blade of grass.

Always wondered why a man
they said hated trees

went down for good in a casket bordered
with silver evergreens,

a crow's eye glossed obsidian,
the only time I saw my father cry.

copyright 2008 Rick Marlatt