10th Anniversary Issue

Wondrous Deeds

By Edward Sage

Lid against lid in the blink
of an eye; lashes, like combs,
dove-tailing; and the spoon
painting a red shadow—

she’s not old, not at all—
she’s got steady aim; not a lick
of target panic, no need to
limber up, her entire childhood:

a dress rehearsal—
and in a flash the young throat
cleared; the young eyes angry
little dogs; puffy pink lips; show

it to them, she whispers: the fragments,
little by little.

Edward Sage is a writer, teacher, and activist from Portland, Oregon. His work has been published in ZYZZYVA, The Portland Review, Plainsongs, Ponder Review, and elsewhere.  His newest adventure is teaching a workshop at The Attic Institute on how we can practice “metabolizing our grief” through writing.  Ed lives with his partner, Kate, and their two children, Oliver and Lillian. 

10th Anniversary Issue