Fall-Winter 2011

Poetry

Prose

Visuals

Detail of Springbok Prairie,
above left, by Connie Devendorf.

Detail of Echinacea in snow
by Gail Goepfert.

October in Idaho

Timothy Milhorn

Timothy Milhorn is a high school English and drama teacher and soccer coach from Chico, California. He is the author of four plays, including Tender Yellow Sky, a play about teen suicide banned by his school district, but performed at The Blue Room Theatre in Chico and by the Black Butte Theatre Group. He has published numerous articles on music, soccer, and social commentary. His poetry has been published locally in The Chico News and Review and The Chico Beat. He is currently writing a novella called Down in the Grey.

A thin north wind whips sycamore leaves
down the empty, shadowed lane.
Dead leaves, dressed in fall,
skitter across cracked asphalt:
A sound like crackling fire:
A tumble of ochre, copper, brown.

It is October in Idaho.

Dry grass the color of summer wheat
skins the foothills
on the outskirts of town.
The pale stalks flatten, rise, and flatten again:
An ancient ritual.

A tang of onions, abrupt, crisp,
scent the afternoon air.
Laden trucks, full of harvest,
trundle across the Payette River
as the cold north wind ripples
the turquoise surface.