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Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler living outside Placerville, CA with a husband, three German Shepherds, and four Rhode Island Reds. She’s just been selected as inaugural poet laureate of El Dorado County. Her poems appear in California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present, The Iowa Review, Medusa’s Kitchen, New York Quarterly, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. Her latest collection is Uplift (Cold River Press, 2016).
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by Taylor Graham and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Shadow Theory, Spring
Redbrown rocks have heaped/heaved themselves
Up Marshall Grade I’m behind an old rig
Mike Finley is a Pushcart Winner (not a nominee). He has published many books of poems, and poetry videos. He has collaborated on projects with master bread bake Danny Klecko. He lives in St. Paul.
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by Mike Finley and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
I Am Goya
With less than a day’s notice, the KGB gave Siberian poet Andrej Vosnesenski
A handful of writers and scholars and a few Soviet emigrés cluster
He reads his famous poem about Goya, the Spanish painter
An English actor translates Voznesenski, but no one listens to that blow-dried fop.
All eyes are on the pumping hand, all ears attuned to Vosnesenski’s
GOYA reanimates the frozen corpses of the field.
Even when all the words against you are shredded …
Afterward the reading breaks up and the poets and professors drive