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
rolling in on itself
ghostly white and
across the gorge
in the treetops, but barely
make a sound
muted as they are by the
what can live
underneath so much turmoil
that cuts deep through
the slow hand of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.