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Issue 16: 1 Jan. 2023
Poem: 188 words
By Jeanne Julian

How to Welcome the New Year

Sweep clean the corners of night. 
Snap the broom handle in two. 
Boomerang one end for the dog 
to fetch. Watch the ballet of tall dry grasses 
fluttering, bowing. Applaud, applaud! 
Loosen, giggle, stretch, gleam. 
Peel an orange, take 
each plump tangy section 
one    by    one 
on your tongue and bite. 
Juice yourself awake. 
Observe the young hawk 
in stark branches, stalking sparrows. 
Tell someone its ravenous tale, 
with reverence. 
Drink of some archaic potion—
cider, ale, wassail, grog, wine 
from ancient vines. Toast to all 
who’ve ever done the same. Salute! 
Wear a scarf with tiny 
winking threads of glitter 
even if it’s not your look. 
Saunter. Play a flute. 
Light a candle and snuff it 
when you’ve had enough 
of ritual. Skip the yoga. 
Close the karmic book. 
Yawn, ululate, or yodel. Leave 
the list upon the kitchen table. 
Follow Sagittarian arrows. 
Make saw from what was. 
As dawn blooms and bells clang, 
dance across a drawbridge. Wave aloha 
to cars and ferries or to any passing fancy as if 
this is any other ordinary gangway morning 
because it is. 

Jeanne Julian
Issue 16 (1 January 2023)

is author of Like the O in Hope (The Poetry Box, 2019) and two chapbooks. Comstock Review, Kakalak, Poetry Quarterly, Naugatuck River Review, and other journals have published her poems. She is co-winner of Reed Magazine’s Edwin Markham Prize (2019). She regularly reviews books for The Main Street Rag and helps organize open mics with Nexus Poets in New Bern, NC. Her MFA in fiction is from the University of Massachusetts; her BA is from Allegheny College. She has traveled to all 50 states. She has never owned a dog or ridden a motorcycle.

Author’s website: http://www.jeannejulian.com

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