beaded trout

At the Edge of Drowning

I've been thinking about her in the bathtub lately,
her tiny brown arms in the middle of the storm;
she's resting, against my flawed brown body
she's so strong, but we could drown
as easily as any child,
against any shoulder,
taken up against
any arm, and
out of the water,
tiny oceans
full of thunder,
so much
electricity,
motion,
always
at the edge
of drowning.

ERika T. Wurth


contents of issue 9

Silver Shower of Stars
Stephanie JT Russell

At the Edge of Drowning
ERika T. Wurth

Swirls
Pennie Opal Plant

Ofi' Tohbi'
Jenny L. Davis

I GIVE YOU THE RIVER
Linda Rodriguez

The Shell Seekers
Susan Deer Cloud

At Water Village
Kimberly Weiser

The ridiculous optimious of the Daffodil
Zigi Lowenberg

Driftlights
Howard Miller

Land of Water
Suha Hassan

Redding Road
Jabez Churchill


ERika T. Wurth Biography

Erika T. Wurth's novel is the author of Crazy Horse's Girlfriend. Her collection of poetry, Indian Trains, was published by West End Press. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Boulevard, Fiction, Pembroke, Florida Review, Stand, Cimarron Review, The Cape Rock, Southern California Review, and Drunken Boat. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and she's been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She's Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.


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