By Alison Stone & Eric Greinke

Walking near a row of
halfway-to-red maples, he realized
summer was nearly gone.
She had made it the best summer ever.
He flushed redder than the leaves
remembering her intricate
stories about her childhood,
and how they drew him in like a
hungry orphan smelling
pancakes browning in someone
else’s kitchen. Her eucalyptus lotion
evoked the image of his grandmother.
Her hair scrunchies called back his
swimming coach. Nostalgia followed her
through fields of excitement,
like bees on the scent of
almost forgotten sweetness.
He was never just himself
when he was with her, instead
he grew into a giant, ready
to conquer his own awkwardness
and save them both from
being battered by the flying debris
of another unrequited connection.
All his lonely past selves snuggled
next to her on the couch,
waiting for the dead leaves
while he walked weakly away.


Eric Greinke has two new Presa Press books scheduled for 2016, Poets In Review (a collection of forty-six reviews written from 1972 to the present) and Zen Duende – Collaborative Poems with Glenna Luschei. Recent work has appeared in the Aurorean, Delaware Poetry Review, Forge, Gargoyle, Home Planet News, Ibbetson Street, Main St. Rag, Poem, The Pedestal, So It Goes, Solo Novo and as a fine art broadside by Adastra Press. His poetry has found a large international audience.   www.ericgreinke.com

Alison Stone is the author of Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), Borrowed Logic (Dancing Girl Press 2014), From the Fool to the World: Poems in the Voices of the Major Arcana of the Tarot (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 Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Barrow 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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