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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 12: Summer 2019
Ekphrastic Prose Poem: 102 words

Crow Hat

by Cherie Hunter Day

All Souls Procession, photograph by John Levy

All Souls Procession (Tucson, November 2015)

Copyrighted © 2015 by John Levy. All rights reserved.

The latter days are spent looking for the lost. If life is a clock unwinding, then grief is one slim hour. Sadness can never leave. It brings balance like darkness to light. Crows know the eyes are already in the field. They open to the finest details. Nothing slips past them and crows speak the deeper truth. What they say may sound brash but they have the utmost integrity. Listen carefully. There’s powerful release in ritual. The past, present, and future are all in the now. So once a year don your best crow hat and dance in the parade.

John Levy’s
Issue 12, Summer 2019

poetry titles include On Its Edge, Tilted (Otata’s Bookshelf, 2018) and Oblivion, Tyrants, Crumbs (First Intensity Press, 2008). Two issues of his photo collaboration with Alan Chong Lau, eye2word: Issue One and eye2word: Issue Two: Japan, were published online in 2019 by Otata’s Bookshelf.

Cherie Hunter Day
Issue 12, Summer 2019

is an associate editor at The Heron’s Nest, and her short prose has appeared in 100 Word Story, Mid-American Review, Moon City Review, Quarter After Eight, SmokeLong Quarterly, Unbroken, and Wigleaf. Her work is anthologized in Nothing Short of 100 (Outpost 19, 2018), NOON: An Anthology of Short Poems (Isobar Press, 2019), and Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013). Her most recent collections include a prose poem e-chapbook, Qualia (White Knuckle Press, 2017), and a collection of short poetry, for Want (Ornithopter Press, 2017). She is also the author of two award-winning haiku collections: apology moon (Red Moon Press, 2013) and The Horse with One Blue Eye (Snapshot Press, 2006).

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