New Poem up at A Minor


by Miriam Sagan


There is a minute and a half
more light each day
this winter month
as the earth tilts towards equinox
here in the City of the Sacred Faith. Also,
everywhere. So please don’t ask me
how I am, really,
unless you want to hear
the truth of it—
how much I still love you
after all these times.

So moving from darkness
into the brighter if fading afternoon
after the matinee
is startling. The doors open outward
and we re-enter, but not completely,
a familiar world that shimmers—
even in the parking lot
the crepuscular streets—
a bit now at its edges.





Miriam Sagan is the author of 30 published books, including the novel Black Rainbow (Sherman Asher, 2015) and Geographic: A Memoir of Time and Space (Casa de Snapdragon). which won the 2016 Arizona/New Mexico Book Award in Poetry. She founded…

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Leaving T or C

I’ve been here for two weeks, with a weekend break teaching in Albuquerque. It is difficult to arrive at an artist’s residency, and difficult to depart, as if there is an invisible ring of fire around the experience. I’ve had unlimited soaking in hot springs, slow quiet days in a funky town, written about the solar system, and my childhood.

Things I Already Knew:

I’m easily bored.
I’m in pain.
New Mexico makes me happy.
I don’t care about the “poetry biz.”

Things I Realized:

I might naturally be pretty happy.
I can enjoy Giant Walmart.
My subconscious isn’t under my control–dreams, associations.
I don’t know what “spiritual” means.

Home tomorrow, God willing and the creek don’t rise.

My First Creative Moment by Karla Linn Merrifield

My First Creative Moment
by Karla Linn Merrifield

Many, many moons ago—in 1967—my brother inspired my first poem, a short one of two stanzas that lamented our relationship: “I love him much/he loved me one,” went one line. I copied the poem out of my diary and onto a scrap of notepaper, which I passed the next day to my boyfriend Victor during English class. Our teacher, the wonderfully engaging but draconian man named Dennis McGuire, spied my surreptitious action, swooped down the aisle and snatched the note before it reached its destination in Victor’s hands. Without further ado, Mr. McGuire tucked the poem into his planner. I expected punishment. A special report on Ivanhoe? Writing “I will not pass notes in class” a hundred times? A conference with my parents? But, no punishment came. Whew! I guess the embarrassment was enough in my teacher’s eyes.

But the poem didn’t languish. Several months later, the junior/senior high school literary magazine appeared, and there between the covers was my poem! Mr. Maguire had submitted it on my behalf and suddenly I was a published poet! What a thrill to see my words—and my name—in print. And classmates were stopping me in the hallways to congratulate me and rain kudos upon me!

I never looked back. To become a poet was my destiny and it remains so these fifty-three years and 800+ published poems later. I’m still striving to live up to the man who saw in me a potential I had no idea I possessed even though he’s been gone from this Earth for two decades. His wonder never ceases.