STEVEN WITTENBERG GORDON, EDITOR & PRELIMINARY CONTEST JUDGE. Featuring the poetry of: Ross Balcom, Terri Lynn Cummings, Sierra July, Mary Soon Lee, John C. Mannone, Lauren McBride, John Reinhart, James Frederick William Rowe, & other fine poets.
Poet's Notes: The idea for this poem
came to me while taking a walk. The first half popped into my head on the spot,
but the words to finish the thought remained elusive. Eventually I settled on
belief and prayer to parallel leaf and midair. A few revisions later, the
editor suggested that the words could become a leaf-shaped concrete poem, and
then this work finally took shape - pun intended. --Lauren McBride