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“Dower Chest,” by Kara Van De Graf

* poetry by Kara Van De Graf from MQR 53:3, Summer 2014 *

From the grandmother of my grandmother, it lives

at the footboard of the bed, passed down to me

by my own mother. As a child, I traced

the blonde-wood petals of flowers, the garden

etched with dark walnut vines. And below,

near a lip of scrollwork, two narrow drawers kept

in check by a key. It was only when I slid

the drawers from their runners that I noticed

“Indian Pipe,” by G.C. Waldrep

poetry by G. C. Waldrep, excerpted from MQR 53:2, Spring 2014

I came to love late,

as in a forest clearing

one walks at dusk

& spies, in the

needlemass, that

pale clump, un-

suspected, not there

just a few hours

before: indian pipe,