Wild River Review

WRR 4.4 — 1 AUGUST 2007

NEW IN WILD RIVER REVIEW

NOVEL EXCERPT: In a State of Partition by Aneesha Capur

SPOTLIGHT: The Other Side Of Abu Ghraib (Part 1) — The Detainees’ Quest for Justice by Joy E. Stocke, Kim Nagy, and Chris Tiefel

COLUMN: The Mystic Pen — The Gift by Katherine Schimmel Abdel Baki

FILM REVIEW: The Prisoner, or How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair by Elizabeth Sheldon

AIRMAIL: Confessions of a Global Traveler — Hong Kong Diary: Of Courtesans and Kings by the Professor

NOVEL EXCERPT: Blood Grip Chapter 4 by Constance Garcia-Barrio

BLOG: WRR@LARGE

UP THE CREEK: Editor’s Notes — Art, Yoga, and Abu Ghraib




Vision

i.

I see a crack in the sidewalk.
I am the steerage; my words crease
slow-moving water.Look,
here is a curb. And here,
the curb falls
to uneven stone.

The blind woman on my arm
carries her cane like a torch.
Her touch is light.

ii.

I am the blind one
in this game my cousins and I played
along the banks of a Wisconsin lake.
Of all the senses, my vision
the one I would cast off
for a lidded world, warm and red,
for soft northern earth, water smells,
wave-talk and too-loud birds.

I yield to my navigable instincts.
I lean my whole trust onto the arm of
one cousin who cannot hear
and another who cannot speak.

Look,their bodies say,
here by the water,
the earth
disappears.


M. Frost

M. Frost

When not writing, M. Frost works as a veterinarian in Pennsylvania. Finishing Line Press published her first chapbook, Cow Poetry and other notes from the field. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Mad Poets Review, Potomac Review, and Nimrod.

M. FROST IN THIS EDITION:
POEM: Vision