Your Summer

Leave a comment

October 2, 2017 by The Citron Review

by Melanie McCabe

 

Your summer had no crickets, no crack
of bat and ball, no wave break to lull
muscles smooth, no cacophony of gulls.
Your summer was never song.

Only in the cold that covered the globe’s
other half, only in the thick muzzle of deep
snow that soaked up sound like a towel, could I
know the summer that belonged to you.

Your summer quivered and hopped in strokes
of paint: a viceroy’s wing, the green arc
of a frog. In the thrash of my feet kicking
chlorine and water, there was utter stillness.

In melodies you pummeled on our piano,
there was the cool push only of black and white,
of hammer-strikes you took on faith and used
to count out ballads of bass, not tune.

Your summer had no gossip of leaves
to blow in on a billow of lace and foretell
the sudden tang of rain, no thunder to pound
a backbeat for the bright startle of lightning;

no daughter’s voice to pierce the raucous din
of quiet, but only and ever the demand,
the demand, of lips to track, riddles to undo,
moving fingers to cling to like spars.

 

Melanie McCabe is the author of two books of poems, What The Neighbors Know and History of the Body. Her memoir, His Other Life: Searching For My Father, His First Wife, and Tennessee Williams, won the 2016 University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize and is just out from UNO Press. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Mushrooms

🍋10th Anniversary

Fall 2019 IssueSeptember 23rd, 2019
Cheers to 10 great years!

🍋 Instagram

Marissa Hoffman's creative nonfiction covers the directions that a life may take in "A Route Plan From Dad to Dad." https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/a-route-plan-from-dad-to-dad/ #amreading #flashcnf Marissa Hoffman has published FlashBack Fiction, Bending Genres, and The Drabble. She is a fiction reader for Atticus Review.
Managing Editor Eric Steineger illuminates ten years of Citron Poetry. https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/notes-on-the-poetry-selections-12/
When raising children is like "Fighting with God," Jennifer Woodworth dives into each poetic moment. https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/fighting-with-god/ Jennifer Woodworth is the author of the chapbook, How I Kiss Her Turning Head (Monkey Puzzle Press.) Her writing has appeared in Bending Genres Journal, The Eastern Iowa Review, Star 82 Review, among others. Her blog is fishclamor.com. #amreading #poetry
Micro fiction by Frances Gapper has us in a "Curious" mood. https://citronreview.com/2019/09/23/curious/ Frances Gapper has 3 story collections including: The Tiny Key (Sylph Editions). Her “Plum Jam” won FlashBack Fiction's 2018 Microfiction Contest and is included in 2019's Best Microfiction. #amreading #microfiction
Our prose nominations for The Pushcart Prize our in. Here's our full list - https://wp.me/Pzgb1-2UW #flashfiction #flashcnf
Our Poetry Nominations for The Pushcart Prize are Erik Moellering and Melanie McGee Bianchi. https://citronreview.com/2019/06/21/alexander-calder/ https://citronreview.com/2019/06/21/how-much-snow/ #amreading #poetry

Enter your email address to follow us and receive notifications of new issues by email.

%d bloggers like this: