Artist Bio:

Janet Butler teaches Test Prep in San Francisco and lives in Alameda with Fulmi, a lovely Spaniel mix she rescued in Italy. where she lived for many years, and brought back with her.   Some current or forthcoming publications are Pirene's Fountain, The Chaffey Review, The Rampallian, Miller's Pond, Poetalk, and Ascent Aspirations. "Searching for Eden" was published by Finishing Line Press in January, 2012.  "Upheaval" was one of three winning selections in Red Ochre Lit's 2012 Chapbook Contest.  One of her drawings was chosen as cover art for the Winter, 2013 issue of Poetalk, the poetry journal of the Berkeley Bay Area Poets' Coalition.

Shadow Line

Janet Butler


I wake early morning and feel night
thick around me, a something to push through
its softness dark smoke I grope at.
Moon bleeds light on a thin skin of window.


I taste a half-dream on my tongue.
It no longer fits this world or that -
a shifting almost-pattern now that dissolves
at the shadow line of waking.

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