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Alice Pettway

A Return to Seasons

Arabesque by Jacqueline Doyle Allison

In the waistband of the earth,
time lingers, a dog in a patch of sun.
But here, where the tilt of the poles
pulls each season back on itself, marking
the years as starkly as frost crisping grass,
an afternoon is everything.


About the writer:
Alice Pettway’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, The Progressive, The Threepenny Review, WomenArts Quarterly and numerous other publications. Her first collection, The Time of Hunger | O Tempo de Chuva, was published in 2017; her second, Moth, is forthcoming in 2019. Pettway currently lives and writes in Shanghai.

Image: Arabesque by Jacqueline Doyle Allison (contemporary). No medium specified. No size specified. By 2019. By permission. Jacqueline Doyle Allison is an award winning artist who was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She received her BS specializing in graphic design and fine art from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Currently she lives in the mountains of north Georgia with her husband.

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