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  August 2010
volume 8 number 2
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Helen Peterson August 2010



art by the feral artist

    "I am the managing editor of Chopper Poetry Journal out of New London, Ct, and have previously published in Fell Swoop, diddledog, Hiss Quarterly, Right Hand Pointing, Elimae, Haruah, Zygote in My Coffee, The Pedestal Magazine (book review), Literary Fever, Debris Magazine, Images Inscript, ken*again, and Poetrybay. My work will also be featured in an anthology put out by Poet Plant Press this Fall. I am also co-editing a special issue of Fell Swoop featuring the poets of New London. I hope you will enjoy my work, and find a place for it."



This Car Climbed Mt. Washington

child breath— cotton soft—
tickles the paternal neck
seatbelt a frayed memory
leaning glancing at speedometer
wailing for North Pole snow
the ice encrusted cliffs whizzing by
no desire to see what’s on the other side

copyright 2007 Helen Peterson



Window Framed

Yellow light seeks escape across picket barricades
birds fly over and back undone by indecision
the toasty October global warming
feast for the eyes of feral cat colony
tongues denting velvet pawed lips,
bodies too lazy/fed to pounce
beneath a graying hammock of oak.
entrenched upon the lawn of crazy-old-man-neighbor-alone,
his tombstone paid for and freshly engraved, waiting,
leaving bottled water in the cemetery on hot days,
slipping Friskies at midnight out the front door.

copyright 2010 Helen Peterson