Halcyon days 2016 issue 3

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Persephone’s Daughter By Ann Bracken “In the book of earth it is written nothing can die.” ~Mary Oliver

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Hush By Amanda Sharon Ocean wind crushes waves crushes shore Swooped bird catches silver-glinted fish The tide listens— there is nothing there is everything.

Amanda Sharon is beginning her MFA studies in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University in the fall. She hopes to live out in the American West one day with exactly three horses, five cats, two dogs, and one llama. She is interested in the cylindrical nature of time, the illusion of fear, and ancient cultures. Her two cats, Lily and Moon, fully support her decision to pursue writing. This is her second publication following her debut publication in Harbinger Asylum.

Passion is Persephone’s daughter birthed in Underworld extremes— creosote caves, snaking roots, icicles taunted by flames. Passion erupts in the fall red as a diva’s painted lips. Her laughter sings as she hangs out in treetops, refuses to jump. Passion gloves her hands. in ruby velvet. She grabs every pomegranate-stained leaf and stuffs her pockets. Passion hoards the last of the feast, lingers and hides herself, tucked under brown taffeta leaves a red flash of silk playing peek-a-boo with frost.

Ann Bracken is the author of two collections of poetry, No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom (2016) and The Altar of Innocence (2015), both published by New Academia Publishing. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in several anthologies and journals. Her poem, “Mrs. S,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Ann is a contributing editor for Little Patuxent Review and leads workshops for creativity conferences, adult education programs, and local prisons. Social media: Website: www.annbrackenauthor.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annbrackenauthor Twitter: @annbracken52

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