I Ask Forgiveness
My grandmother resurrects
in flapping laundry, sheets
snapped to rectangles, then precisely
folded. Her whites
a science of starch and bleach,
in the household arts as daily practice,
the perfect meeting of corners.
Wherever she is now,
she knows I am apostate,
all loads grey and hung
or shelved, once dry, still wrinkled.
Bad as I am
at the task, I’m the best
of my house.
At least for me, winter shirts open
(after Laura Page “Winter Shirt”)
Devon Balwit teaches in Portland, OR. She has six chapbooks and two collections out or forthcoming. Her individual poems can be found here as well as in Cordite, The Ekphrastic Review, Poets Reading the News, Posit, and more.
Laura Page is a poet and artist from the Pacific Northwest. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Crab Creek Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal. The Rumpus, TINGE, and others. Her chapbook, epithalamium, was named the winner of Sundress Publications’ 2017 chapbook contest and is now available as an ebook. Her paintings have been featured recently in A-Minor Magazine, Long Exposure, and The Indianapolis Review.
Living Statue from 1031 Productions
Kate Salvi has had her photography published and exhibited both internationally and locally in her hometown of Providence, RI. After winning the People’s Choice Award at Chabot Fine Art Gallery in Providence, she decided to expand her photo greeting card business and they are now sold in 13 shops including the Rhode Island School of Design Store. Kate hopes to continue exhibiting worldwide.
Dearest Dying Dahlia Readers and Writers —
DDR is off to a fabulous start this year! We have been receiving some wonderful submissions and featuring some great interviews with talented women writers in our newest segment, Women Writers We Love.
Speaking of love, let me share some… Dying Dahlia Review just celebrated its 2nd Birthday! *Hooray! Cake for everyone!* I’ve said it once (or a few dozen times) but let me say it again: thank you all for your love and submissions and contributions and for following along. From the beginning, we’ve wanted to feature creative women at their awesome-est (not a word, but just go with it) and we definitely have. DDR is around because of all of you. So thank you dearest readers and writers. Continue reading “Letter from the Editor”