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Athena Kildegaard

Divining by Ice

She tried to keep her mother tethered
to this world.

Held her hand as if it were the feathers
of a downed thing,

stroked the skin along the veins
and talked of a trip

they'd taken together years ago
when a blizzard

trapped them in a cheap motel room
along the highway

and they'd spent the long afternoon
watching geese

in their harried flight behind the snow.
But her mother didn't

remember any of it until she mentioned
the fur-lined glove

her mother had dropped outside
and found

in the morning, the sky clear, the glove
frozen to gravel.



Divining by Charts

We havenít chanted Ban the Bomb
in years

and warís become a techno
wonder

so removed from this life here
on the prairie

that weíve almost forgotten
the 60s.

Once you traveled to St. Paul
to protest

and that was important and right
but now

when you look back on that time
how fragile

the memory, like fake snow
flurrying

under a plastic dome, how fragile
and almost lost

that time. You canít even conjure
the passion

you felt then. Look, you say, thatís where
I lived,

just there (pointing on a map) at
the crossroads.



Divining by Mettle

for Gerald Stern

Your feet, first one then the other,
rested

in my lap, ankle nestled between
my thighs.

I was clipping your nails.
Clipping

with a studiousness I'm now
embarrassed

to admit of having chosen then.
My reticence

halted what now I like to think
I'd do

instead: kiss the toes, warming each
with my lips

and then lick the soles of the feet
that have tap-

danced with you across the ocean
of the century,

under peach trees in bloom and bluer
skies,

under the stars and moons with you
singing.

































AUTHOR BIO

Athena Kildegaard was born in Wyoming, grew up in Minnesota, and has lived in Sydney Australia, Chicago, Austin, Texas, Oxford, Mississippi, New Orleans, Roskilde, Denmark, and Guanajuato, Mexico. She now lives in Morris out west there a ways in Minnesota where she directs a non-profit cultural organization, is a roster artist with COMPAS/Writers and Artists in the Schools, and occasionally teaches at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Her book of fibonaccis, Rare Momentum, was published by Red Dragonfly Press, a lively independent press in southeastern Minnesota. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and a few anthologies including the forthcoming Letters to the World, coming from Red Hen Press.

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Mary Kathryn Arnold
Barbara Crooker
Josephine Jacobsen
Elizabeth M. Johnson
Athena Kildegaard
April Lindner
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Joyce Wilson

FEATURED ARTIST
Meredith Bergmann: My work has always seemed cut out for me. I give myself assignments or I take commissions to find challenges to make heroic work in which the themes must be expressed with beauty and with irony. Light touches on dark subjects help me break away what's monolithic or opaque. No thing, for me, embodies mystery, gives life to clay, or conveys narrative enduringly as can the human form. Loving to sculpt and to manipulate ideas, I'm happiest when I can give new meaning to old urges, or can warm a concept into art that's worth its weight.
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