Summer 2017: Chalar / Teppner / Lewis

Summer 2017: Chalar / Teppner / Lewis


$15  •  ISBN 2370000540836  •  110 pages

Our third quarterly issue features three short collections of new, expansive lyric poetry: Laura Chalar's Our Lady of Obligations, Ginger Teppner's I Should Have Been Linen, and Alicia Cahalane Lewis's The Fish Turned the Waters Over so the Birds Would Have a Sky. Ranging in style from metrical stanzas to American haiku to prose fragments (whose original bodies exist sonically online), each collection deftly recasts the passing colloquial gesture—a memory, a sensation, a reflex, a guess—as a living piece of narrative moment. As a triune entity, Summer 2017 is persevering and patient, unafraid of distance, enlivened by spontaneity, and full of assurance. Whereas the cumulative details of experience might lie prostrate in certain patterns—loss unto grief, belief unto doubt—Chalar, Teppner, and Lewis show us how to turn the mind over (like soil) and let light shine through shards of language.

I must keep angler­-still
and lure the words back—

not mine but yours—
entice them to a glow

Laura Chalar, Our Lady of Obligations

Dream task related to water
Being after the rain

To recover a portion
Her soft green remainder

Ginger Teppner, I Should Have Been Linen


Alicia Cahalane Lewis, The Fish Turned the Waters Over so the Birds Would Have a Sky

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About the Authors

Laura Chalar (1976) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she trained as a lawyer. She is the author of six books, most recently Midnight at the Law Firm (Coal City Press, 2015), a poetry collection. She has also published numerous translations from and into Spanish (including works by Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft), as well as writing for children. Her anthology Touching the Light of Day: Six Uruguayan Poets was published last year by Veliz Books. The recipient of several literary awards, Laura is also a Pushcart Prize nominee whose first short­ story collection in English is forthcoming.

Ginger Teppner is a wolfish poet mother. She received her BA in Cultural Studies from Empire State College and her MFA in Creative Writing from The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics of Naropa University. Her work has appeared in Bombay Gin, Erasure, Semicolon, Upstairs at Duroc, Phylogeny, Shambhala Times, Not enough Night, Yew Journal, and more.

Raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Alicia Cahalane Lewis is a poet and Master of Masters Reiki practitioner. In 2013, she graduated from Naropa University with an MFA in Creative Writing, and while there, her work featured in Not Enough Night. Aware of her tie to the Valley that goes back nine generations, she recently returned after a twenty­-five year hiatus in Maine where she raised two daughters. Her first chapbook, nebulous beginnings and strings, was published in 2016 by Tattered Press.