Poetry from Michelle Brooks

Poetry from Michelle Brooks

Photo: Pranay Pareek The Better Part of Yesterday My heart is a deserted street in the middle of winter, dead leaves skittering in the dying afternoon light. I am a stop sign riddled with bullet holes, pinpricks of sunlight streaming through me. And you? You are everything – the light and shadow, the broken glass […]

Fiction from Abbie Barker

Fiction from Abbie Barker

Photo: Jack Hodges Alice, Some of the Time Sometimes Alice waits at the end of her driveway for the bus. Sometimes she stomps in the slush, water seeping through the cracks of her boots, and she spends the day in damp socks. Sometimes Alice takes too long picking through her hamper for something clean, or […]

Poetry from Laura Miller

Poetry from Laura Miller

Photo: Colin Maynard Sonnet for the sleeping (utilitarian poem) The same about a three-armed bench is true for a supermarket; true for little concrete pyramids beneath an overpass; cornfields that bear no crops, but highschoolers, dressed for Halloween, painted by smoke and incense, begging you through damp hay and plywood to call them for liars. […]

Poetry from Colette Cosner

Poetry from Colette Cosner

Photo: Claudio Schwarz Jesus Year When you’re eight and your mother’s boyfriend buys you a calendar that’s just past and you don’t stop crying in the stationary aisle of Barnes & Noble until you have a daughter of your own. Time just one of those things we say. Like that letter I wrote you, bottled […]

Poetry from Mara Lee Grayson

Poetry from Mara Lee Grayson

Photo: Rob Laughter The Veteran I Met in Reparatory He was handsome for an older man with scars. Rumors hopped from mouth to mouth backstage. We were always trying on the truth, never fully comfortable without a costume. Rumors hopped from mouth to mouth backstage. I knew what it was like to be an actor, […]