Three to Read #4 with April Michelle Bratten

1.



Drought
by Rachel Nix in Stone Path Review.

“I witch for water” is a simple yet deeply affecting line in this poem. In fact, it is one of the most affective lines I have read lately. Its evolution over the course of the piece is a prime example of why I love Rachel’s writing so much. She uses minimalism in an elegant and skilled way. Seek out more of her work. (Oh, and happy birthday, Ms. Nix!)

2.



Laura to Night
by Lauren Gordon in Menacing Hedge.

Lauren Gordon’s six poems inspired by the Little House on the Prairie series blew me away. A huge fan of the Ingalls’ books, these poems, especially “Laura to Night” bring an edgier and bolder taste to Laura’s life. I want a full collection of these poems to read as a companion piece to the series.

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On a Given Day
by Peter Davis in Fanzine.

How many women will this one remind you of? Peter Davis’ “On a Given Day” describes the daily triumphs and catastrophic moments of a very intense woman. “Her delusions are true. If only she believed the truth.” A daring write.


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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