THE
OKLAHOMA
REVIEW

Volume 8 | Issue 1 | Spring 2007




Poetry    
 




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Janet Butler
          

Death in the Mountains          


LeAnna Covalt              
A Few Days after Your Fiftieth Birthday
         
          Pagosa Springs                


Roger Jones            
Long Ago Dream of a Bad Love Affair          
Coming Attractions, 1960          
   


Jason W. Selby            
      Love in the Time of Colonialism         


Noel Sloboda          
Surfaces
          
Cuts Uncruel
          
Salesman of the Quarter
        


          
tolbert            
          
laughter         



Anne Whitehouse         
Blessings IX         
Curses II
               








tolbert

ghosts

she took the ghosts with her when she died.

the fear that made her cry out in the night
after the sting of wondering whether anyone loved her
was gone like a diminished childhood that never happened.
 
she tried to talk to those who knew her well;
the conversation turned hard like a brass key
in a rusted deadbolt
opening up yet another secret room where the ghosts lived.

as a child
the ghosts fooled her into believing they were playmates
and the basement closet was a playground
filled with imaginary carousels and colorful marionettes.

even then, she never laughed…
but only watched in disbelief as they paraded by,
marching around another corner
where the music stopped

leaving cruel whisperings about how wonderful it is
to play with silence
and count  words that can never escape.

          


       


    


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