Fiction from Avra Margariti

Fiction from Avra Margariti

Photo: Dynamic Thing With Feathers The angel you caught in your net won’t stop shedding. You gather the feathers from the cracks between floorboards. They stick to the walls, wet with bitter hope and golden ichor. You think you will stuff and sew them into a pillow. You will have the sweetest dreams. Cheer up, […]

Nonfiction from Gloria Pearlman

Nonfiction from Gloria Pearlman

Photo: Michael Bottom Feeder: Specimens in Silhouette I didn’t mean to drown her. It was only that she withered so quickly before my eyes. I was saving the morphine for a rainy day, but summer monsoons kept holding back. She always cried so readily in smooth strokes of night swims; I couldn’t choose another way. […]

Poetry from Natalie Marino

Poetry from Natalie Marino

Photo: Greg Rosenke Dear America Cornflower mornings when I danced on purple mountains. Your majestic flag, its stair of stripes and stuck stars. Now passed forty, my child is a lucky seven and I look for you in sunsets. At her Saturday tennis lessons, the court parents talk of teams. No one wears a black […]

Poetry from Kathleen Hellen

Poetry from Kathleen Hellen

Photo: Mick Haupt scared little rabbit “At five we reach a point not to be achieved again,” Margaret Wise Brown   whirling in the kettle your quick your clot your quiet —alert larch, violent pale, overt heart big as a plain-white washer deep as a cracked mirror cooked as a sizzling heater your dumb fear […]

Poetry from Edie Meade

Poetry from Edie Meade

Photo: Revolt American Wisdom [American sentences] A greased glass jar under each leg of the crib frustrates the scorpions. Get you a man who shakes out pantlegs, who inspects seams, who takes his time. Writes you in American sentences: consecutive, no chance of parole. The second child hits different than the first – don’t get […]