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  November 2019
volume 16 number 2
-table of contents-
  contributing poets
  William Allegrezza
  Alan Britt
  Anna Cates
  Charles Claymore
  Beverly M. Collins
  Timothy Paul Evans
  Mark A Fisher
  Kathie Giorgio
  Terry McCarty
  Christine Murray
  Christopher Neal
  Brian Rihlmann
  John D Robinson
  Walter Ruhlmann
  Howard Sage
  Sanjeev Sethi
  Mark States
  Davide Trame
  Amy Uyematsu
  Patricia Walsh
  Viola Weinberg
  Kirby Wright
  Umar Yogiza Jr
  Jim Young
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Viola Weinberg
November 2019



photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Viola Weinberg is Sacramento Poet Laureate Emerita, serving from 2000-2002. She has published 10 books of poetry and a text on child abuse. Viola’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, newspapers, magazines and online publications. She has contributed work to plays and musical compositions. For several years, she ran the Poetry Showcase for the San Francisco Bay Area Book Festival. In 2008, she was named the Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet. Her new book, Tough Enough, a collaboration with the Tough Old Broads poetry group, will be published April 2019 by Cold River Press.
    Viola taught at CSU Sacramento, where she co-founded Women’s Studies. She has worked in commercial and public media, including PBS. Viola moved back into publications at Mother Jones Magazine, where she was the founding Director of the International Fund for Documentary Photography, now housed in the Leica Foundation. For years, she served in an international brain trust for the C.S. Fund on scientific and social issues.
    For the last 5 years, Viola has been fighting Stage Four cancer with hopeful results. She lives in rural Sonoma County with her husband, photographer Peter Spencer, and writes in a yurt.



Ice Pancake on the River Dee

It’s happening everywhere
but first, on the River Dee
so cold that ice crystals
bump into each other and

Failing to dance nice, panic
forgetting the orderly steps
of Grandmother’s waltz
start banging each other

In a mosh of wayward currents
a pancake forms and moves
powerfully, begins to rotate
in a slow revolution of ice

A carousel of impending doom
a frozen lily pad, it orbits
consuming and gravid
as 100,000 frozen, clanging bells

copyright 2019 Viola Weinberg