Issue No. 17, Summer 2016

Autumn Walk

It’s hard to believe
the world is going to hell
in this sweet honey light.

My feet rustle through the leaves.

There’s a sense of closure in the air,
the stillness after catastrophe,

birds still flying,
and a breeze that moves the grass,

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in Field, New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Word Riot, Apple Valley Review, among others. Serea is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013), To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervena Barva Press, 2015), and Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, 2016). Serea co-hosts The Williams Readings poetry series in Rutherford, NJ. She is a founding editor of National Translation Month. More at