PLAN B PRESS Issue
Plan B Press published Wolf Spider, by Michael
Fisher, in 2010. Fisher contacted us in 2008 with this manuscript
and it simply took until early Spring 2010 for it to come out. Now
that it’s out and I have taken a moment to reflect on it, it’s
an amazing collection. Think One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s
Nest or Girl, Interrupted in poetry form. It’s
a significant work. Our Creative Director accepted the challenge of
binding it in a beautiful way that suggests a spider’s web.
God love her, Katy Jean May put herself into the situation herself
by saying, “wouldn’t it be cool to do a special binding
for this book,” only to have to actually do the cool
thing all herself. She’s a great asset to the Press, let me
never suggest otherwise.
from NOVEMBER 11th
the bee realizes truth without order
leads to hardships
but if his means would allow
he’d contemplate purpose
stop his one buzz
wonder how discolored
boxes share a hue
conceived by an order
dwarfing the hive.
at “hardships” concludes
his hive sworn
to protect is gone.
...................He can not
bring it back
building and rebuilding
his back down
surprised by pain
excavated organs tossed
in his last moment.
watches another bee crown
its head to consider
if it’s safe to come alive.
To the boy’s dismay
the newborn darts to
the ceiling, buzzing, awaiting
purpose or orders.
Michael Fisher was
born in Agawam, MA. He holds an MFA from New England College and currently
lives in Worcester, MA.
in Volume 11, Number 3, Summer 2010.