It’s December—Lawns Erupt

By Suzanne Rae Deschidn & Alison Stone

with reindeer and sleighs. Trees and houses

glare, bedecked in haphazard lights. The nights

shorten regardless, proof

the rhythms of the universe go on despite

our dazzling camouflage, our prayers.


Suzanne Rae Deshchidn is a freelance editor who earned her MFA in Poetry from Solstice Creative Writing Program. In September, she completed a Master’s in Creativity Studies at Union Institute where her thesis details her creative process. Suzanne has received an honorable mention in the 2014 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize for her poem “chilé verde.” She teaches in the English Department at Berkeley College and in the Developmental Studies Department at Passaic County Community College. She has studied primarily with Cornelius Eady, Maria Mazziotti-Gillan, and Laura Boss.

Alison Stone is the author of Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), Borrowed Logic (Dancing Girl Press 2014), From the Fool to the World (Parallel Press 2012) and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award and was published by Many Mountains Moving Press. Her poems have appeared in The Paris ReviewPoetryPloughsharesBarrow Street, Poet Lore, and a variety of other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin award. She is also a painter and the creator of The Stone Tarot. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. She is currently editing an anthology of poems on the Persephone/Demeter myth.

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