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  November 2017
volume 14 number 2
-table of contents-
  featured poets
  Jonathan Beale
  Marjorie R Becker
  Catherine Berry
  Robert Beveridge
  Bill Cunningham
  Jack Harvey
  Robert S King
  Cynthia Linville
  Genie Nakano
  Jared Pearce
  Margarita Serafimova
  Jeanne Marie Spicuzza
  RK Wallace
  Kelley White
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Cynthia Linville November 2017



photo by richard lee miller

    Cynthia Linville, a 2012 Pushcart nominee, has taught writing in the English Department at California State University, Sacramento since 2000 and has served as Managing Editor of Convergence: an online journal of poetry and art, since 2008. Her work has appeared in many publications and several anthologies, and her two poetry collections, The Lost Thing (2012) and Out of Reach (2014), are available from Cold River Press. She invented a poetic form dubbed the Linvillanelle which is profiled here:
Medusa's Kitchen



Who We Grow Old to Be

There are places inside us
that no longer exist

We finger memories
sharp and sweet

They feel like nothing
and too much

No one can turn back time
We wear the years on our faces

* * *

We wear on our faces
years that no longer exist
except on the inside

All that seemed so solid
so sharp, so sweet
has slipped through our fingers

The weight of these memories is too much
yet nothing at all

* * *

Almost nothing remains –
our faces have worn thin

The sharpened edges of our memories
have dulled

Our fingers read the years
by braille

We have become
the places inside us

copyright 2017 Cynthia Linville