Issue No. 4, Spring 2013

Creed: The Mission
Laura Madeline Wiseman

Accept the limits of the landscape.
Grow moonflowers. Transplant rain
lilies. Always befriend stargazers.
Listen when the Big Ear speaks.

Think. Read with a roving hunger.
Never jump from a spacecraft.
Avoid deep-sea diving. Remember
Pluto will always be a planet.

Seed. Water. Compost. Repeat.
Shave only as often as you have to.
Build flying saucers. Take naps. Live
debt free. Wear comfortable shoes.

Believe in versions of the truth.
Breathe. Hold hands. Hug. Recycle.
Hope that if there are Martians,
they wouldn’t be interested in you.


Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012) and Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012). She is also the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Blue Light Press), forthcoming. Her writings have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Arts & Letters, Poet Lore, and Feminist Studies. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets and Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner, and grants from the Center for the Great Plains Studies and the Wurlitzer Foundation. lauramadelinewiseman.com