First, a tourist finds a poem in the leper colony,
carved in a kapok, ants swarming sap in the cuts.
Then a fisherman uncovers instructions for a rain dance,
an usher discovers recipes for the jubilee.
A riverboat captain comes to town and leads them
to a tree in the north describing the mating habits
of the marabunta, to one in the south with an ode to plums.
In the west, a sonnet about a hen named Lucifer
Volume 35, Number 2 Cover art by Duncan Johnson
September 26 (Friday), 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA: NER's first West Coast reading, with recent authors Steve De Jarnatt, Sands Hall, Lou Mathews, and Charles Hood at Stories Books, 1716 West Sunset Blvd.
October 23 (Thursday), 7 pm, Middlebury, VT: NER Vermont is pleased to present Emily Casey, Kathryn Davis, and Diana Whitney at Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe.