Postcard proseIssue 22 | April 2015

Gritsev Calls

by Jeremy Radin

Come back to this, boychik. To the shteppes, the old woods, burnt roots of cedar, synagogues
of malachite & ice. Back to the frozen road - phantoms tamped into wheel-ruts, rough women
kneading dough with fists. Come back, boychik. Your great-grandfather runs with his pants
rolled up, chases rabbits, stick in hand - he is Aaron, Moses, the Golem of Prague. His father
can no longer reach the good apples. Of the czar we do not speak. We save our reverence
for what cannot be seen. Forbidden language pulled from tongues of chimney smoke, the Book
of Snow that moves through ending after ending. Come back & see how you were built to remain.
How easy you open the belly of the caribou when your belly says open the belly of the caribou.
Come back to this hunger, a skinny witch whispering live, live, live. She stirs a cauldron of ashes,
sings to the geese. They say the first & last bites are best - here, they are sometimes the only
ones. Come back & greet famine as a friend. Subsist on the memory of soup, of dancing,
of making a circle where the dark won’t come. You belong here, full of emptying space.
Come back to the emptying, trudge through snow with heavy questions on your back.
Here, where asking has been outlawed, where we pray into the ghost-thick sky:
Enough, enough, Lord, let this be enough. We have all the answers we need.

About the author

Jeremy Radin was born in Los Angeles but don’t let that fool you. He’s much more comfortable in miserable weather. The forests of Oregon make more sense to him than language. At Loch Lomond, he took his shirt off in the rain and made animal sounds with his friends on top of a mountain. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming in venues such as Epigraph, The Rattling Wall, and Souvenir.

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Poetry

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