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  April 2015
volume 12 number 1
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  Adeolu Emmanuel Adesanya
  Lynn Albanese
  Steven Alvarez
  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
  Philomena van Rijswijk
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
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Emma Lee
April 2015



photo by richard lee miller

    Emma Lee's most recent collection is Ghosts in the Desert (IDP, UK, 2015). She co-edited Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge (Five Leaves, UK, 2015). She reviews for four UK poetry journals and blogs at
Emma Lee



The Magpies Lied

There were two of them in the road.
Their wings iridescent in the autumn sun.
I had to slow and wait for them to leave.
Two of them supposedly indicate fair weather.
Singing, they can tell of good fortune
association with Greek or Norse Gods.
An intoxicated boast of being better than the Muses
led nine singers to be turned into magpies.
They are the only bird found to be self-aware.
They are known to grieve over a lost mate.
Cut their tongue and mythically they can speak.
Perhaps this couple could explain their signal of joy
when I've just been told you might not make it.

copyright 2015 Emma Lee