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Meet the Readers – October Edition

October is here, and the calendar is filling up with apple picking, beer festivals, and Halloween parties. So, don’t forget about us in the mix!

Put us down for Thursday, October 20, 7-9 PM, at Stone Spiral Gallery. We’re so happy to be bringing you Bryan Castille and Lizzy Petersen this round.

Bryan Castille earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he won the John C. Schupes Prize for Excellence in Fiction. You can read his fiction in Prairie Schooner, PRISM International, Jonathan: A Journal of Gay Men’s Fiction, New South, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Tin House, Lambda Literary, the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, and the Upernavik Artists’ Refugium in Upernavik, Greenland. Currently, he teaches composition and rhetoric at St. Louis University and at St. Louis Community College–Meramec and is writing his first novel.

Lizzy Petersen served as the Managing Editor at River Styx for 2 years and now works as the Grant and Outreach Manager. She teaches at Fontbonne University. Previously, she worked as the Poetry Co-Editor of Sycamore Review at Purdue University, where she received her MFA in Poetry. Her work is forthcoming in RHINO and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Find some of here poems here.

“A Dream of Peaches” – Bill Foster

A Reverie On Peaches

In the caldera of August,

I prepare peaches for winter,

Each perfect beauty plunged into boiling caldron,

Skin, made pale, ashen, loosened by fire,

Protective fuzz floating on troubled surface.

Then plunged into icy bath,

The once-protective layer

Slipping loose from the flesh,

Falling, between thumb and fingers,

Like silk from a youthful frame,

Revealing the sun!

Gloriously bright, gold and garnet,

Burning eyes blind,

A radiant triumph of pleasure and promise,

Ready to rise again

When summer is but a dream to come.

 

 

Peaches. Delicate fruit,

Children of summer’s middle age.

Radiant globes made to blush

By the sun’s loitering gaze.

Coy maidens, when ripe,

Enticing with firm flesh,

Downy cheeks seductively flushed,

Fevered, glowing.

 

 

Temptation is so sweet in summer.

Warm mounds of honey-tart pleasure,

Ready to be palmed, weighed,

Gently pressed, firm yet yielding,

Begging the tempted further,

To bury teeth, lips, face

In the sweet, wet flesh,

Sucking nectar with each bite,

Dripping in rivulets,

Pink-tinged gold,

From fingers and chin,

Lingering, sticky, after the torrent subsides.

 

 

Oh, for the pleasure, the passion, captured, repeated,

When the sun is wan on winter’s frozen watch.

Resurrected amidst the wilderness of frigid white.

They whisper a joyous reminder of warmth and intimacy.

Stolen kisses and impassioned embraces,

Forbidden pleasures, guiltily taken,

In summer fields, woodland hideaways,

On sandy beaches,

In drive-in theaters, back seats,

Humid, sultry, crackling, electric, sweet.

Joy and passion, rich, insistent,

Memories and desires,

Prompted, evoked,

To thaw a frozen heart.

Meet the Readers: October’s Prose/Poem Is Here!

The start of our 2014-2015 season is finally upon us! We’re excited to present Tuesday’s readers:

Dawn Dupler

Dawn’s prose and poetry can be found in Natural Bridge, Paper Nautilus, Chiron Review, Whiskey Island Magazine, Blue Earth Review, and other journals and anthologies. She won first place for poetry in the 2013 Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild and Honorable Mention in the 2011 James H. Nash Poetry Contest. Her non-fiction book St. Louis in the Civil War was published in 2014.

Bill R. Foster

Bill Foster is a retired faculty member of the University of Missouri, Saint Louis, where he taught writing and literature. In his new life, he is a poet, artist, adventurer, and booze baron.