Susan Tepper is the author of nine published books of fiction and poetry. Her tenth book, titled 9X9, will be released shortly by Cervena Barva Press.
Tepper is in the production phase of an Off-Broadway play that concerns artist Jackson Pollock in his later years. http://www.susantepper.com
Meditations on dear Petrov, set in 19th Century Russia during a time of war
The space widens as the years march on. Wars never cease, dear Petrov. In soldiers’ rags your returns are scant. Hardened from it all. Trying to keep up a good face. Forever marching. You tell me little. I know only by the depth of sound. Guns louder and more frequent. Seemingly near the peak of the mountain. If they descend to the valley hope is shattered. Rape and torture my inheritance. There is only so much a woman can bear. My roof is in tatters. The larder far from full. One day, dear Petrov, you will return to the emptiness. The house fallen to rot. Exposure. Will you sit in your chair. Light your pipe. Eventually searching what’s left for some whisky. At least out of the raw and the elements. A heaven unto itself. Will you call out my name to the silence. Will it echo back. Please understand when I don’t appear. There is just so much a woman can bear.
Glenn Bowie is a published poet, lyricist, and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey) on Big Table Publishing, he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters.