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Issue 101, Oct – Dec 2016
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130
Muriel Nelson

Selected by guest poetry editor Hedy Habra

Followed by author bio and Q&A

Muriel Nelson’s publications include Part Song, Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize winner (Bear Star Press), and Most Wanted, ByLine Chapbook Award winner (ByLine Press). Nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, The Cortland Review, Four Way Review, Front Porch Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain, Massachusetts Review, National Poetry Review, The New Republic, Northwest Review, Ploughshares, Prick of the Spindle, Seneca Review, Superstition Review, and others, and on Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. She holds master's degrees from the University of Illinois School of Music and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. 

I originally thought of "Driveline" as an introductory poem to my manuscript Daylights. The poem hints of images and influences to come, and of my fascination with gender in languages in which gender is more important than in English. It also draws visual inspiration from a photo my son Ryan took in early spring in Salem, Oregon's Minto-Brown Island Park. It shows a very old wrecked car which is mostly hidden by trees except when they are bare, and which has become inhabited by mosses, ferns, and other plants, and subtly colored by them and other natural forces. 

Questions from the Editor:

What was your favorite childhood toy?
My favorite was our ping-pong table with our kittens playing against each other.

What is the farthest you have traveled from home?

A walk in the rain or snow?
Do you mean which would I prefer? For me, it depends on who else is walking. I enjoy huddling under a large umbrella with someone special or walking in dry snow (rare here!) with either people or an excited dog.