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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3


Brief Thaw
Tracy Koretsky


I am estranged from my family. Or rather, my family are all estranged from one another. But recently I wrote my favorite brother with whom I haven't spoken in twenty years.

long shadows cross the lake
         weeping willow
         dips its bough

Weeks go by. It is clear he is not going to return my letter. I wonder if I will ever see him again.

too many leaves
where the river bends…
         dry waterfall

Tracy Koretsky Tracy Koretsky is the author of three novels: Ropeless (, a 15-time award-winning novel that challenges traditional depictions of disability; The Body of Helen, a roman á clef inspired by Martha Graham; and The Novel of the Century, a romantic comedy about the importance of love, books, and choosing both. Her widely-published short stories and poetry have earned more than 50 awards including three Pushcart nominations, and have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, recently including The Comstock Review and Out of Line: Poems of Social Justice. Tracy is on the editorial staff of Triplopia ( for whom she has written "The Intentional Ellipses: Haiku and its Relationship To Space" (