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Literary journal Cirque releases eighth issue

Local poets among featured Pacific Rim writers

Posted: July 10, 2013 - 11:03pm

The eighth issue of the Alaska-based literary journal Cirque is now available.

Cirque Vol. 4, No. 2 features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews and photography. Poets in this issue include Southeast writers Nahaan and Emily Wall, as well as other Alaskans and writers from around the Pacific Rim.

Other Alaskan writers featured are Eva Saulitis, who reviews Christine Byl’s “Dirt Work,” and former poet laureate Tom Sexton, who reviews John Morgan’s “Forms of Feeling.” Also featured is nonfiction by Andromeda Romano-Lax, and an interview of poet Erin Hollowell conducted by Ela Harrison.

Cirque, edited by Michael Burwell and Sandra Kleven, is now in its fifth year. Poet Burwell founded Cirque as a regional literary journal for the Pacific Rim. It is open to submissions from writers living in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Yukon Territory, Alberta, British Columbia and Chukotka.

Copies can be ordered for $16.95 online at www.cirquejournal.com.

Here is Emily Wall’s poem, “Where I’m From,” published in the current issue and reprinted with permission.

 

“Where I’m From” by Emily Wall

 

I am from rain sluicing
          through spruce, black
bodies of orcas rising through water.

 

I’m from beach fires in Thane
          nights atop Mt. Jumbo
          on solstice only a few hours of dark
stew eaten right out of the can.

 

I’m also from
          Food-4-less on Powell Street
Portland dark interior, food sold in bulk
          taking food stamps.

 

I’m from remedial math
          in a room with kids who can’t read
a gang girl who slaps me for a wearing a blue bandana.

 

I’m from a band teacher with a skin condition
          who dared to teach us, who everyone
said I was sleeping with.

 

And also from a house on a river
          built by a grandfather who died early
                    I’m from slipping into the river

 

in my underwear, age fourteen, after cleaning that house
          all day, just my head above water
          as the boats roared by. I’m from writing

 

in the beach mud with a stick: my name, imagined
          name of my husband, children. I’m from the word Alaska
          carved deep
          carved over and over.

 

--from Cirque, Vol. 4, No. 2

 

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