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  November 2016
volume 13 number 2
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  Inalegwu Omapada Alifa
  Maria A Arana
  Shawn Aveningo
  Wendy Bourke
  Jack G. Bowman
  Alan Britt
  Adam Levon Brown
  Jeffrey Bryant
  Don Kingfisher Campbell
  Alicia Carpenter
  Natalie Crick
  Carla Criscuolo
  Frank De Canio
  Marvin Louis Dorsey
  Miguel Eichelberger
  John LaMar Elison
  Gabriella Garofalo
  Dave Houston
  Dani Raschel Jiménez
  Scott C. Kaestner
  Sofia Kioroglou
  Deborah P Kolodji
  Rick Lupert
  Donal Mahoney
  Afric McGlinchey
  Frank Mundo
  Chika Onyenezi
  Adam Phillips
  Bethany W Pope
  Nydia Rojas
  Diana Rosen
  Walter Ruhlmann
  Papa Vic
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Shawn Aveningo
November 2016



photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Shawn Aveningo is a globally published, award-winning poet who can't stand the taste of coconut, eats pistachios daily and loves shoes, especially red ones! ( Shawn's work has appeared in over 100 literary journals and anthologies. She's a Pushcart nominee, co-founder of The Poetry Box, managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon and journal designer for VoiceCatcher: a journal of women's voices and visions. Shawn is a proud mother of three and shares the creative life with her husband in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon.
Red Shoe Poet



Keeping the Rabbit Warm

I'm three, maybe four, sharing the seat of a shopping cart
with a black patent-leather handbag. It has a shiny gold clasp

and a loop at the top through which Nana slides
her white-gloved hand, the purse balancing on her forearm,

while she scoops me up with the other. She offers me a Lifesaver
peels the silver wrapper to reveal the coveted red one.

I watch her extract a myriad of objects from this purse,
collapsible cup, coral lipstick, pancake-powder smudged compact.

It's like watching a magician. I keep trying to peek inside
for the hidden white rabbit. Perhaps she keeps a cape in there too,

reversible with red satin. When she isn't putting on her show,
I believe it keeps the rabbit safe and warm.

copyright 2017 Shawn Aveningo