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A sneak preview: the Literary Gazette

July 14, 2011

REGION — The River Reporter is nearly ready to launch its Literary Gazette, an annual publication showcasing regional writers and photographers. This year’s theme is dreams as inspiration and material for creating art. The featured photographer is Norma Bernstock of Milford, PA, who has worked with Polaroid film to create an enhanced, almost painterly affect. Here is a sampling of what readers will find in the Gazette, to be published on July 21.

Innocent Herbal

I was walking along with my thoughts
in a wood where sassafras thrive.
Why would I try to outrun wings
where one torn leaf keeps me alive?

This summer peace is no deception.
If I fall all too easily into the same
tired allure, if I grow offhand with fear,
it is not the sweet woods are to blame.

I do fear the bear and tornado,
and the voracious, alien beetle,
not because they are strong, it is heedless,
but because littleness becomes the little.

Here, I fit easily into my britches
and, pausing to smell a torn sassafras leaf,
I become small enough to fall right in
to a dear antidote to when or if.