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  November 2015
volume 12 number 2
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  Gary Beck
  Stefanie Bennett
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  Terry Clark
  Robin Wyatt Dunn
  Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
  Hedy Habra
  Dave Houston
  Trista Hurley-Waxali
  Robert S King
  Marie Lecrivain
  Emma Lee
  Ron Lucas
  Frank Mundo
  Scott Thomas Outlar
  Angel Uriel Perales
  James G Piatt
  Frank Praeger
  Hattie Quinn
  John D Robinson
  john saunders
  Apryl Skies
  Julia Stein
  Jonathan Taylor
  Amy Uyematsu
  J.T. Whitehead
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Emma Lee
November 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



Wishing For a Woodcutter

She chooses her favourite party dress,
and asks for her hair to be done in bunches,
just like her uncle likes.

She tilts her head slightly to the left
and opens her eyes wide,
just like her uncle taught her.

She says "Thank you" to Mummy
and strokes her hand along Daddy's arm,
just like her uncle showed her.

She's been counting the days until she's seven,
her summer birthday means she lags her friends.
Her uncle promised to show her his new shed.

She pictures it like a Wendy house.
She worries about whether her uncle
will like her new coat with the red hood.

She thinks his yellowed eyes
make him look wolf-like. She's cast Daddy
as the woodcutter, but can't tell anyone.

copyright 2015 Emma Lee