Say It with Flowers

Ethel Rackin

It was the beginning of an ending
we all had our stories to tell
what with the layoffs
and school closings
someone was reading
the fine print
someone had gone fishing
a storm was brewing
so loud you could feel it
in your sinews or synapses
as loud as a storm could be.

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Ethel Rackin is the author of The Forever Notes (Parlor Press, 2013); Go On (Parlor Press, 2016), a National Jewish Book Award finalist; and Evening (Furniture Press, 2017). Elizabeth Robinson awarded her collaborative lyric sequence, “Soledad,” written with Elizabeth Savage, the 2016 Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred. Rackin’s poems, book reviews, and collaborations have appeared widely in journals such as American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, and Kenyon Review. She has taught at Penn State Brandywine, Haverford College, and Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania, where she is currently an associate professor.

Columbia Poetry Review

Spring 2018

Chicago, Illinois

Columbia College Chicago

Managing Editor: Cora Jacobs
Faculty Advisor: David Trinidad

Now in its twenty-seventh year, Columbia Poetry Review is published annually by Columbia College Chicago’s Department of English. It is a student-edited, nationally distributed literary journal.

Poems from Columbia Poetry Review have been included in several volumes of The Best American Poetry.

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