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  April 2015
volume 12 number 1
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  Adeolu Emmanuel Adesanya
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  Jonathan Beale
  Stefanie Bennett
  Jack G. Bowman
  Jennifer Bradpiece
  Don Kingfisher Campbell
  Michael Aaron Casares
  Beverly M. Collins
  William Crawford
  Pijush Kanti Deb
  Elisabeth Adwin Edwards
  John Elison
  Emily Fernandez
  Jeanie Greensfelder
  John Grey
  David Herrle
  Sonika Jaggi
  Strider Marcus Jones
  Phillip Larrea
  Emma Lee
  Marieta Maglas
  Matt McGee
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Dave Nordling
  Toti O'Brien
  Greg Patrick
  James G Piatt
  Frank Praeger
  April Salzano
  David Scriven
  LB Sedlacek
  Danielle Smith
  Jan Steckel
  Carl Stillwell
  Tim Tipton
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William Crawford
April 2015



art by dl warner

    William Crawford has authored two poetry collections: Fire in the Marrow and Actual Tigers. His writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and People's Book Prize. His work has appeared globally in numerous magazines and anthologies. Currently, his poetry is being translated into Polish. William abides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is an animal rights activist.



It Takes Time to Phoenix

After the injury
he was content to just stay in bed
most of the time and listen to her
play Neil Young songs on the piano.

Sometimes, when he
had enough wind to spare,
he'd join her in singing.

Together they lived
for those smaller-than-life
moments that seemed to
enlarge as the days passed.

Their daughter rushing in with the morning sun.
Tall, blonde and lean as a sheaf of wheat.
It was hard to tell the two apart anymore
as they vivified the light colours in his room.

His wife "strong and soft as silk"undressing
and redressing the wound. Eyes still bright
green as young pines. Humming Neil's song
about a dream dissolving like sugar in tea.
A sullen lullaby making the day's disorder elegant.

Her patient hands cradling the jewel
in the left side of his chest.
She uses yesterday's ashes.
Knowing it takes time to phoenix.
Careful not to lose the luster she creates.

copyright 2015 William Crawford