Three to Read #3 with April Michelle Bratten


My Mother’s Hours
by Sara Biggs Chaney in Melusine.

Demonstrating kitchen behavior by first mother and then daughter, Sara Biggs-Chaney writes a tremendous imagery-rich poem in “My Mother’s Hours.” At one time or another in our lives, we begin to wonder about the possible similarities between ourselves and (eek!) our parents. This poem also showed how we can be strikingly and beautifully different, while still remaining inherently our parents’ children.


Come See About Me
by Jon-Michael Frank in Sixth Finch.

Not only does Jon-Michael Frank name drop one of my favorite poets (James Wright) in this poem, but he also manages to write a fantastic ending while referencing another fantastic ending. Yup. Pretty clever.


In the Dumps
by Heather Christle in VerseDaily.

Originally published in the Colorado Review, “In the Dumps” is an excellent short poem that Heather Christle manages to balance very well. The imagery is spot on, both beautiful and shocking, leaving a lasting impression on the reader. The message is clear and important. As a huge fan of the short poem, I often find myself squeeing aloud at the end of really excellently written ones. I squeed at the end of this one. Yes, I did.


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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