Issue 1 - Alumni


– For Joan Didion, after reading Blue Nights

In the late loaming
into summer after rain
a leg stops pulsing
pedaling a ten speed
uphill. Steep climb
cliff fallen. Branched trail
pot-holed and fracturing still.
A want for. The kind of glow
seen only in firelight
in the country. A harbor of somethingness.
The incomplete daylight of June.
Smooth jazz held into a hand.
The fingertip touched. The poor.
The eccentric. Lit incense ash
floats in molecular rhythm.
A pier. A pyre. The last
sense of space closes in.

Christina M. Rau received her MA in English and Creative Writing, with Distinction, from Hofstra University in 2001. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks WakeBreatheMove  (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit on Long Island, NY, her poetry has appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, most recently in the journals Redheaded Stepchild and The Main Street Rag, and in the anthologies Till The Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry (Sundress Publications, 2015) and The Great Gatsby Anthology (Silver Birch Press, 2015). In her non-writing life, she practices yoga occasionally and line dances on other occasions. Find her links on