BE YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF
Featuring Annnette Grunseth & Bobbie Lovell
Annette Langlois Grunseth, Green Bay, is a poet and advocate for human rights. Her work has been published in journals, books and anthologies in the Midwest, Oregon and Nova Scotia. Her chapbook Becoming Trans-Parent, One Family’s Journey of Gender Transition was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry. Her book was also nominated for a poetry award with the Society of Midland Authors. She has won honorable mentions and awards for her poetry with Wisconsin Academy Review, Wisconsin People and Ideas and the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. She often writes poetry on the bike trail or in her kayak on northern lakes where her muse tags along, just for the exercise.
My Mother’s Moon
Her day was not complete
until she stepped out to see the moon.
It might be an orange ball rising
or a white turtle egg hovering.
More than a thousand full moons
shadowed my mother.
She studied the moon when Neil Armstrong stepped upon it.
She cried for her son who saw the same moon rising
over rice paddies and incoming mortars in Vietnam.
There was the empty nest moon the autumn I left for college,
but the loneliest moon was the August my Dad died.
The moon of selling her house changed the view,
rising to different walls. Yet it was always her moon at bedtime.
She loved the strawberry moon, harvest moon,
eclipses of the moon, Indian summer moon.
And finally, a full moon rising on her last night,
crickets in the grass singing.
I held her hand, bed pulled close to the window,
moonlight falling gently across her face.
-- Annette L. Grunseth
Published in Portage Magazine 2017 issue
Bobbie Lee Lovell won the 2016 Kay Saunders Memorial New Poet Award and has been a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. Her first chapbook, Proposition at the Walk-In Infinity Chamber, was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press. The product of a personal growth and healing process, this collection features poems about relationships, decision-making and resilience with ekphrastic (visual art) and speculative (science fiction/fantasy) elements. Bobbie is an alumnus of the UW–Green Bay’s art department, and she has a career in graphic design and print production. Her website is bobbieleelovell.com.
Riding with Aladdin
“Do you trust me?” he asks.
The question unsettles me.
No one trusts anyone anymore,
I want to say. Trust is cliché, obsolete.
He lacks a lamp but fancies me
his princess, dares me to deny
the romance of trusting
the kind stranger, the thief.
He is waiting. “Of course,” I say.
We are, after all, riding the same
sputtering rug. We’ve flown to the edge
of the world, and not once did I fear
he might elbow me off it.
“Good,” he says, “because I trust you.”
He smiles, and I am further disturbed
that he is appeased. I wish
I felt so certain. Where’s a genie
when you need one?
from Proposition at the Walk-In Infinity Chamber (Finishing Line Press, 2017