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  April 2014
volume 11 number 1
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  Scott Alexander
  Shawn Aveningo
  Jonathan Beale
  Jack G. Bowman
  Betsy Burke
  Matt Burns
  Shibani Chattopadhyay
  Rachel Coventry
  Tyler Dupuis
  Allison Grayhurst
  John Grochalski
  Hedy Habra
  Samantha Henderson
  Augustus Invictus
  Natalie Itzhaki
  Scott Jacobson
  Alex Johnson
  Mikel K
  Craig Kurtz
  Phillip Larrea
  N.M. Leepsa
  Anthony Magistrale
  Brendan McCormack
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Philip ONeil
  Ebi Robert
  Walter Ruhlmann
  April Salzano
  Jake Sheff
  Rishan Singh
  Julia Stein
  Allen Taylor
  Paul Tristram
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
  Claire Walker
  Viola Weinberg
  Claire Williams
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Claire Walker
April 2014



photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Claire Walker lives in Worcestershire, UK. Her poetry has appeared/is forthcoming in various print and online publications including Ink Sweat and Tears, Hearing Voices, PIYE, The Curiosity Cabinet, and Emerge Literary Journal. In June 2013 she won third place in the 2013/2014 Worcestershire Poet Laureate Competition.



Storytelling 101

Tell me a story. Something
about girls born with pearls in their mouths
who grew up and plucked them
from their oyster-shell lips and turned
them into their fortunes.
Those who did not save themselves by falling
on the laps of men with coins
and crowns, horses and hounds in abundance.
Tell me of women that spin a finer thread
than any wheel could weave. Those who tame wolves
with their own claws and blood and know the difference
between a sword and a fight.
Tell me stories from the seeds planted
in the wombs of our foremothers.
Make me believe it. I want to see the words
leave your lips.

copyright 2014 Claire Walker