Origin Stories – Lakshman Bulusu

The Best Memorial by Lakshman Bulusu (On Robert Frost farm in Derry, NH) Derry farm bears a boy’s will, as he poetized his experiences on this farm. It retains its originality along with the verses. The kitchen with old cups and plates, The dining table with forks and spoons, the bedrooms, and more– each sight […]

Origin Stories – Jessica Purdy

Ouroboros by Jessica Purdy Beginnings are snowscapes. Or skin never touched by the sun until birth. The end of a year is just as cheek-slapped as its opposite. In spring we wait. Like ice grits its teeth and succumbs to melting. New England summers that used to feel yearslong only relax the shoulders. Fleeting as […]

Origin Stories – Ann Wallace

Spring Song by Ann Wallace The sirens wail the soundtrack of this silent spring a keening intertwined with birdsong by day, with my daughter’s dry, dry cough through the night, life and death bound together contrapuntal on and on so that I no longer hear the sirens, until I do. “Spring Song,” originally published in […]

Origin Stories – Mary Makofske

Borders by Mary Makofske Drawn in ink or blood, they unspool from history to split mountains and valleys, meander in rivers that twist and turn, dragging their banks to new configurations, adding to, subtracting from, this dominion or that. Invisible, except when a fence or wall defines them, ramparts that open only through drawbridge or […]