Poetry & Art
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#3: Blue

 
 

#3: Blue

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

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Allison Blevins

June 2019

 
 
 

Harbor Review


Unbecoming

On her 63rd birthday, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a barrel ride over Niagara Falls.

from the summit the

water looks more

like a fog

endlessly

rolling in on itself

ghostly white and

without shape

across the gorge

birds huddle

in the treetops, but barely

make a sound

muted as they are by the

river’s howl

what can live

underneath so much turmoil

—this flood

that cuts deep through

rock like

the slow hand of

God

Robyn Campbell


“?” Sarah Jewell Olsen

“?” Sarah Jewell Olsen

Eremophobia, The Fear of Being Alone

4:00 AM, can’t sleep, the humid air thick

as tree sap, so I go outside to name

the constellations and trace the shapes

of their white neon bones. The stars

don’t know they are part of anything:

they spin and burn, they swallow darkness

for nourishment, they can’t remember

their own luxurious names. Tomorrow

I’ll look at the sky and pretend to marry

that pale blue bride, tomorrow I’ll stand

in my driveway holding a single

black feather I found on the gravel road.

Chris Anderson


Please Don’t Fight

Mark says, "Be good

to your sister. Don't fight.

Please don't fight," on the phone

on our way back from Manhattan.

His wife's left him. He's staying with his brother

in Emporia, the night falling all around us,

and the red lights on the big wind turbines

pop on—like wishes, like eyes, like

the last of what the fire can give.

Kevin Rabas



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Contributors


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Chris Anderson

Christopher Todd Anderson is Associate Professor of English at Pittsburg State University where he teaches courses in American literature, poetry, environmental literature and film, and popular culture. Anderson’s poems have appeared in numerous national literary magazines, including River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, Wisconsin Review, Tar River Poetry, Chicago Quarterly Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Main Street Rag, and Greenboro Review, among others. A 2018 Pushcart Prize recipient for poetry, Anderson has also published scholarly articles on images of garbage and waste in American poetry and on the film WALL-E.

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Robyn Campbell

Robyn Campbell is a Philadelphia-based poet and the editor of Semiperfect Press. Her work has appeared both online and in print, in journals such as Stirring, Voicemail Poems, and Philadelphia Stories. She is a drummer, an avid hiker, and a sentimental Pisces. More of her work can be found at www.robynjcampbell.com.

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Sarah Jewell Olsen

Sarah was born in Anchorage. She earned her Bachelors in Fine Art in Ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009 and her Masters in Fine Art from West Virginia University in 2014. She is teaching and the Youth Education Coordinator for the Belger Arts Center in Kansas City.

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Kevin Rabas

Poet Laureate of Kansas (2017-2019) Kevin Rabas teaches at Emporia State University, where he leads the poetry and playwriting tracks. He has ten books, including Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award winner.