This fifteenth anniversary issue of The Aurorean, published in Farmington, Maine, celebrates the fall/winter seasons in New England. This issue features poets Jim Brosnan and Martha Christina, and includes a special section of Haiku and “related poetry.”
I liked in particular Steve Ausherman’s “Toms’ Painting” with its anaphoric structure:
I resist the golden glow of the sunflower watercolor gracing the wall.
–the landlord open sail unfurled against early freezes.
–the robin belly glow of October’s early sunsets.
–the rich washed skies of Charlie Brown specials.
Brigit Truex’s rhythms in “Cole’s Hill”:
under our feet
bones under soil
first light of still touches
faces of the People
who gather here
Bridgette E. Hahn’s unexpected metaphysical reach in “Golden”:
The first leaves fall,
pear shaped darlings.
No one sits on front porches,
no witnesses but me.
Kenneth O’Keefe’s s rhymes in “The Miracle”:
I can’t account for every incarnation,
Just say it was some lengthy lives ago,
When wind was blowing down a whole creation,
A flashing fall of flakes that rose of snow.
And Connie Post’s stark and economical philosophy in “Nothing After Midnight”: “It is good to go to bed hungry / some nights.”
This little journal will fill you up.