Appeared in Volume 3 Issue 3

Amy Nawrocki has two poems featured in this issue.

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Because I am not thinking of the next moment,
this one drapes itself, long and evident
and words come to my mind only to be erased

by others, newer and more immediate; words
like charity and chickadee release
because I am not thinking of the next moment

utterances that might come to me later escape
like cypress and beach plum and Queen Anne’s lace.
These words come to my mind only to be erased

by a seagull swooping and the unending circle
of light that falls upon a chair precisely
because I am not thinking of the next moment

but the chimney at a distance alerts my eyes
and right now a flag flutters atop the building.
These words come to my mind only to be erased

as the surf redeems itself in echoes and the chickadee
caws in the cadence of seven o’clock,
because I am not thinking of the next moment.
These words come to my mind only to be erased.


 

Amy Nawrocki is a Connecticut native, raised in Newtown and now living in Hamden. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. She has received numerous honors for her poetry, including awards from the Litchfield Review Poetry Contest, the Codhill Chapbook Competition, The Loft Anthology, Phi Kappa Phi, New Millennium Writings, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. Finishing Line Press published her three chapbooks: Potato Eaters, Nomad’s End and Lune de Miel. With her husband, Eric D. Lehman, she wrote A History of Connecticut Wine, A History of Connecticut Food and Literary Connecticut. In 2013 she was named finalist in the Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. The winning collection, Four Blue Eggs, in now available. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport and is mother to two cats, Maple and Django.

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