Three to Read #2 with April Michelle Bratten


Uncle Leo’s Cloud of Smoke
by Frank Reardon in My Favorite Bullet Volume 13

I love poems about family. You can learn so much about a writer from how they choose to portray their kin. Frank writes about his culture so well. This one illustrates that big-hearted Boston Irish grit, pride of family, and the last man standing from a dying generation.


by Christy Gualtieri in Luciferous

Luciferous is a blogzine edited by Craig Scott. I drift over there quite a bit because the material is always very diverse and interesting. I came across this poem by Christy Gualtieri, a writer I have never read before. This poem is stunning. I do not use that word lightly. Christy’s words stayed with me for days after reading.


Extracellular Matrix
by Rachel Bunting in Stirring : February 2014

This is another poem about family that I stumbled across a couple of weeks ago. I must admit, I have been back to read it a couple of times. I love the everyday language that Rachel uses in this poem. Beautifully written and with an ending that packs a devastating punch, Rachel really did a great job with this one.


Contributing Editor

April Michelle Bratten currently resides in Minot, North Dakota. She received her BA in English from Minot State University. She has had poetry published in Southeast Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Waterhouse Review, and others. Her collection, It Broke Anyway, was published by NeoPoiesis Press in 2012. Raw Dogs and Other Metaphors, published by Maverick Duck Press, was also released in 2012. She is the editor of Up the Staircase Quarterly.

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