Last night the full moon
hung like a paper lantern
over the terrace.
The scent of honeysuckle.
Tell me again why you left.

The moon was full here
too.  I watched it rise over
the sea, deep orange.
Tomorrow will be so hot.
I  only wanted to breathe.

M. N. Kotzin: associate professor of English at Drexel University, co-directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing and teaches creative writing and literature. Her fiction and poetry have been published widely in literary journals. She is a contributing editor of Boulevard and a founding editor of Per Contra:  the International Journal of the Arts, Literature and Ideas.  She is the author of  two collections of poetry, Reclaiming the Dead (New American Press, 2008) and Weights & Measures (Star Cloud Press, 2009).  A collection of her flash fiction Just Desserts will be published early in 2010 by Star Cloud Press. Don Gastwirth represents her novel, Cutter’s Vision.

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