I received a few of these cherry trees from the Arbor Day Foundation many years ago, but I cannot remember their species. There’s a good chance they are pin cherries (Prunus Pensylvanica); my uncertainty does not diminish the fabulous colors.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
I’m pleased to share that my poem “Shore” appears in the new Involution issue of Line Zero, a collection that features stories, poems, art, and essays from Line Zero’s first two years in print.
If you like to sample and support the work of independent artists, order your Involution ebook or paperback from Pink Fish Press.
Some poems are honed through dozens of drafts, while others tumble out nearly complete within moments. “Overheard” is the latter, written in loving memory of friend, Pennsylvania author, and irreverent genius James Buescher. You can read this poem online in issue 8 of The Monongahela Review.
“Overheard” is composed from bits of wisdom and levity that James shared during our conversations. Its partner piece “Prod” traversed months of rewrites, but is somehow less successful (probably because it lacks the necessary levity).
My gratitude to Editor Luke Bartolomeo and his team for giving my words a home in another issue of The Monongahela Review. Readers: please come lend your attentions to stories and poetry collected in this volunteer-run literary journal.
Photos taken at the Ex-Nihilo Sculpture Park featuring “Spirits of Iron” by Dan Klennert. Ex-Nihilo (Latin for ‘something created from nothing’) is a worthy stop for every traveler, and is located just outside of Mount Rainier National Park. More images to follow.