beaded trout

Table Leavings

Round strawberry bleeds on a blackberry

eft on a chipped ecru saucer.

Reaching for last coosh cake, barely warm_

Still here flashes on inside of a wrist.

Left on a chipped ecru saucer

smashed bits of smoked salmon glimmer as

Still here flashes on inside of a wrist

tattooed mantra, surrounded in daisies.

Smashed bits of smoked salmon glimmer as

discarded sequined bits, across the long table.

Tattooed mantra, surrounded in daisies_

sits a memory of family dining on laughter.

Discarded sequined bits across the long table

catches light of jingles and ribbons, making rainbows.

Sits a memory of family dining on laughter

at a table were women work patterns of ribbons and shawls.

Catches light of jingles and ribbons, making rainbows

reflected in my sister's eyes, deep pools of memory_

at a table were women work patterns of ribbons and shawls.

Our laughter is rhythmic like ocean waves or shaking shells.

Reflected in my sister's eyes, deep pools of memory

our laughter is rhythmic like ocean waves or shaking shells.

Round strawberry bleeds on a blackberry,

As I reach for last coosh cake, barely warm.

Rain Prud'homme_Cranford Gomez


contents of issue 3

Blessing For the Meal
Indira Allegra

Gracias, Sabás
Brandon Cesmat

Red Door on Mott Street
Stephania JT Russell

Preserves
Howard Miller

windfall
Martin Hinkel

Cooking Stories
Linda Boyden

Table Leavings
Rain Prud'homme_Cranford Gomez

Kabubu Bread
Luke Warm Water

Into The Cauldron of Iron
Lorraine Cathey


Rain Prud'homme_Cranford Gomez Biography

Rain Prud’homme-Cranford Goméz Ph.D. is winner of the First Book Award in Poetry for Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory, (Mongrel Empire Press 2012) from Native Writers' Circle of the Americas (2009). Her critical work is in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, The Southern Literary Journal, Louisiana Folklife, and Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond (2015 LSU P) among others, while her creative work can be found in various journals including Tidal Basin Review, Natural Bridge, Sing: Indigenous Poetry of the Americas, Mas Tequila Review, and many others. She is re-editing her second poetry collection Miscegenation Round Dance: Počmes Historiques, and revising her first monograph, Gumbo Banaha Stories: Louisiana Indigeneity and the Transnational South based on her dissertation.


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.