SWWIM publishes, celebrates, & promotes women, women-identifying & Femme-presenting writers through a Miami-based reading series & the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day.

October Is Burning by Robbie Nester

After Biltmore Backyard, by Robb Shaffer


In autumn I hunger for seasons,

the small fires of October

burning fields to the root,

skies suffused with smoke,

reducing summer to ash, to

leaf mold and yellow sheaves,

a ribbon of migrating geese

overhead, each bird

sounding its convivial trumpet.

Naked oaks, late-season

bathers caught in a chill,

spread their silver branches,

catching a last bit of sun.

Covens of pines summon forth

winter; the smallest Japanese

maples burst into flame.

Robbi Nester is the author of three books of poetry: a chapbook, Balance (White Violet, 2012), and two full-length collections, A Likely Story (Moon Tide, 2014) and Other-Wise (Kelsay, 2017). She has also edited two anthologies, The Liberal Media Made Me Do It! (Nine Toes, 2014) and an ekphrastic e-book, Over the Moon: Birds, Beasts, and Trees, celebrating the photography of Beth Moon, accessible here. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including Cimarron Review, Broadsided and Pirene's Fountain.

What Fear? by Jeanne Foster

Teaching Tammy Faye's Daughter to Swim by Joy Roulier Sawyer