Issue 1 - Alumni


one bite into the pear means
Revelation: cool bits of fruit flesh
appear under curls of rind

persimmon juiced no pulp
only petunia—petulant and needy—
pulls away

Sweet Need
Tender Build
Rounded Stature
off an old tree

earth dirt between roots

a comfort away from glamour

shift into the chill season
grove orchard stand basket:
dwindle down slower grown

core an apple
split a grape
pitted seeded fed

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