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 […]

Poetry from Lorelei Bacht

Poetry from Lorelei Bacht

Photo: Milada Vigerova define joy. when all the work of suffering is done. when the warrior fallen, consumed, when bone returned to sand. when a photograph is just that— a photograph. when the blade is rusted, broken, the scissors lost amidst the daffodils, trampled into the mud of a few springs ago. when what am […]

Poetry from Aelita Klausmeier

Poetry from Aelita Klausmeier

Photo: Dave Michuda December They’re cutting down the Christmas trees one by one, dressed in their red and blue jackets like toy men watching toy trees topple into damp grass as if in slow motion. They hoist them up, strong bodies with strong arms, tie them in neon orange plastic and load them into the […]

Nonfiction from Julie Flattery

Nonfiction from Julie Flattery

Photo: Patrick Hendry Fly Away “You should put bird seed on the floor and open up all the windows,” my mom tells me. Her icy blue eyes stare past me at something I cannot see. “But we might get in trouble, Mom, like Eloise, when she went to Paris,” I say, recalling a favorite childhood […]

Fiction from Robert Vaughan

Fiction from Robert Vaughan

Photo: Brecht Deboosere Candy Crushes Todd We’d read our book reports aloud in my treehouse. He’d read first. His dimples and his cupid lips. He played clarinet and on the opposite side of the room, I blew the baritone. He never looked at me during Band. Alex Walked him to his dentist appointment in 7th […]

Fiction from Georgia White

Fiction from Georgia White

Photo: Inga Gezalian I ate no choice food. On my first day in therapy, the doctors told us we had to separate our eating disorders from ourselves, personalize them, name them, make them something other. But I wasn’t sure if I could yet. That’s the thing—when the only permanent thing in your body is the […]