PoetryIssue 13 | September 2011

Two Poems by Laura Sobbott Ross


In Bora Bora, the natives
bury their dead in the front yard.
The bones of grandfathers,

stillborn babies, and reckless uncles
lost to petal slicked inclines,
all locked in crypts laid out

like stepping stones between
vines of vanilla, and children
knee deep in rain puddles.

We took postcard photos
from inside our jeep of tourists,
grinding upward past hibiscus

and nodding palms,
coconut pearling inside shells.
Our French guide plucked starfruit

then hacked it thinly with his machete.
Below, blue oceans kneaded with light.
We stood like gods on the summit,

eating stars at the soft edge of cloud,
pondering the wayward
migrations of the living and the dead.

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About the author

Laura Sobbott Ross was born in Mississippi by way of Venezuela. She lives on a peninsula, but loves islands, including St. Lucia, Grenada, and Bora Bora, where she got married. She hopes one day to visit Greece and Patagonia. Her poetry appears in Calyx, Florida Review, Natural Bridge, Tar River Poetry, and The Valparaiso Review, among others. Read her chapbook, A Tiny Hunger by Yellow Jacket Press.

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Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok