The Lune's third quarterly issue features three short collections of new, expansive lyric poetry: Laura Chalar's Our Lady of ObligationsGinger Teppner's I Should Have Been Linen, and Alicia Cahalane Lewis's The Fish Turned the Waters Over so the Birds Would Have a Sky. Ranging in style from metrical stanzas to American haiku to prose fragments (whose original bodies exist sonically online), each collection deftly recasts the passing colloquial gesture—a memory, a sensation, a reflex, a guess—as a living piece of narrative moment. As a triune entity, Summer 2017 is persevering and patient, unafraid of distance, enlivened by spontaneity, and full of assurance. Whereas the cumulative details of experience might lay prostrate in certain patterns—loss unto grief, belief unto doubt—Chalar, Teppner, and Lewis show us how to turn the mind over (like soil) and let light shine through shards of language.

I must keep angler­-still
and lure the words back—

not mine but yours—
entice them to a glow

Laura Chalar, Our Lady of Obligations

Dream task related to water
Being after the rain

To recover a portion
Her soft green remainder

Ginger Teppner, I Should Have Been Linen


Alicia Cahalane Lewis, The Fish Turned the Waters Over so the Birds Would Have a Sky