Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


May Evening on Bradley Ave. (After Neruda)

by Peg Lauber

In the garden
chives are live again

in the pines
goldfinches are noisy
and flash across the lawn

on the wires
mourning doves
sound like owls

at the edge of the birdbath
catbirds drink then fly
away to hide in the mock orange

over the Olsen’s roof
the moon rises
while over the Green’s
the sun sets

behind Gierloff’s on the playground
the killdeer, finally, silent,
drops to her nest
in the sandy dust

under the blanket
I smooth the sheet
and under the sheet
you take my hand

Peg Carlson Lauber, a longtime Eau Claire resident, has published poetry since 1963 and taught in colleges for 40 years. Her latest books are New Orleans Suite and The Whooping Crane Chronicles.

Lasker Jewelers
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Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.