Turn the Wheel – Ali Jones


He marks the year with stones,

feels the fire in trees rising,


when the sky calls up life.

He inhales beneath the horse chestnut,


stands in his father’s footprints,

eyeing the benign branch caught stars.


His mother leashes his hand,

they ride on wind dogs and go hunting


for the best kindling, where hills

are clouded with sheep.


In autumn, leaves throned gold,

he pockets treasures, and watches


the flames recede in the fall of red and yellow,

dry wood transformed in age.


He mounts an iron horse,

flesh consumed with the spirit of speed,


the season carries his skeleton to cage

a man’s soul, while roots travel


down, sinking with winter’s life,

to condense into vital coal.




Author photo 2Ali Jones is a teacher and mother of three. Her work has appeared in Fire, Poetry Rivals, Strange Poetry, Ink Sweat and Tears, Snakeskin Poetry, Atrium, Mother’s Milk Books, Breastfeeding Matters, Breastfeeding Today and Green Parent magazine. She has also written for The Guardian.


raven’s eye. for vivian – Kersten Christianson


she is the sea glass queen

all xtratuf boots and rain gear

trowel and shovel

searcher of shards

of pottery and glass


she takes the blue canoe

down to wrangell

a meandering passage

through silvery waterways

lined by rocky beach and forest


she is the writer

all creative mind and chapbooks

filled journals and prompts

collector of truths and stories

recorded by pen on paper


she will spend the summer

at mickey’s fishcamp

photograph the play

of cloud and setting sun

sort treasures from the beach

organize words on the page


img_2972Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, high school English-teaching Alaskan. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry through the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2016. Kersten’s recent work has appeared in Cirque, Inklette, Sheila-Na-Gig and Pure Slush. Her book Something Yet to Be Named by Aldrich Press and her chapbook titled What Caught Raven’s Eye by Petroglyph Press will be published in 2017. Kersten co-edits the quarterly journal Alaska Women Speak. When not exploring the summer lands and dark winter of the Yukon Territory, she lives in Sitka, Alaska with her husband and photographer Bruce Christianson, and daughter Rie.

The blank page – Katie Lewington


Can be a snowy winter setting

duvet without a cover

love note

origami swan


printed work

a tissue


for writing notes

a rag or duster


sleeve note


-treasurer of chewed gum



poem or story

a yes or no answer

for the question

do you want to be my boyfriend

bad news


a grave of truth.


kl-picKatie Lewington is a UK-based writer and has been drafting, editing and rewriting her bio since she started submitting to literary magazines and journals two years ago. It isn’t as if she doesn’t know who she is, she just isn’t sure what is relevant. Her creative writing can be read at https://katiecreativewriterblog.wordpress.com. She can be contacted through Twitter @idontwearahat.