Blossom Feedback

burnt orange dry husk
redemption centers
in relation to crisp gala
guests a cross between
Frank & Scarlet (as if
to land a difference
toss a few stiff gardenias
back into the mix &
tomorrow we’ll sting
peeling off the vine-
heavy tangle sheer
silhouette – morning’s
blossom feedback –
what rind remembers
redeems them
ancient parchments
because tonight
tomorrow belongs to
dried orchids
the exiled slung
through fog to the
Capitol, pistils in air


Andrew K. Peterson is the author of three poetry books, most recently Anonymous Bouquet (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015). His 2017 chapbook The Big Game Is Every Night was mailed to the White House alongside other publications from Moria Books’ politically-based Locofo Chaps series. He co-founded and edits the literary journal summer stock, and lives in Boston.

Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.