Issue 25 Contributor Mary Beth Ferda in Best of the Net 2012

Many congratulations to Issue 25 contributor Mary Beth Ferda, whose poem “Dinah at Watch” was chosen by poet Marilyn Kallet to be included in the 2012 Best of the Net Anthology! It will be reprinted along with twenty other poems and showcased for the next year on the Best of the Net website.  Read “Dinah at Watch” below.

Dinah at Watch

Already the night.
Already the bugs
face up in the bowls.

A wind that only fire
could have made is cleaving
at the tree line. We mean

to remember what we’re failing
to watch and see: Someone
laughs. Someone says I’m sorry

Mama and swallows.
Someone finds me
in the dark of where I shouldn’t be,

but doesn’t notice. Notice me.
Notice the meat has gone
plum black. Notice the dumb

crack of the ax against the thing
you’re afraid might break.
And the mud.

The cussing wind.
The light already. Already
the looking away.