Poetry from Jessica Mehta

Poetry from Jessica Mehta

Photo: Mike Tinnion Namesakes My mother named me after her father she hated. Like buying Papo’s notice with a fat grandchild would make up for anything. My mother named me after famous cowboys then went and married an NDN herself. Meanwhile her own mother said No darker. My mom named me the second most popular […]

Poetry from Emily J. Cousins

Poetry from Emily J. Cousins

Photo via Pixabay Perfect Dream Decoder I’ll tell you what we’ll do we will string a cord from your brain to the televisions switch on the monitors one at a time watch the slow motion hooves of your night horses turn over & over the ground will give crack beneath them I will finally know […]

Fiction from Eric Andrew Newman

Fiction from Eric Andrew Newman

Photo by Krista Mangulsone Shit House Here you are on your hands and knees again, cleaning shit off the bathroom floor. It’s a messy business, so you strip down until you’re only wearing your boxer shorts and a pair of canary yellow rubber gloves. You pick up the woven blue bath mat, splattered with Jackson […]

Poetry from Tonya Eberhard

Poetry from Tonya Eberhard

Fireworks After dessert there is a lull. Forks devour the patriotic cake, scrape up red and blue frosting smeared on paper plates. The mosquitos are lazy. Weak flyers—they hover out of reach from candles coughing smoke. Star- spangled napkins take flight with the wind. Life hasn’t exhausted you yet. You cry on the short drive […]

Poetry from Griffin Robillard

Poetry from Griffin Robillard

Photo by Spencer_ Use Within Three Days of Opening Our banner will fall, the clothes heavy with rainwater while every heart at once skips a beat because in the morning with the lights on and my head down I can’t stomach the coffee you made me or the letters I said I’d write or the […]

Poetry from Gad Kaynar-Kissinger

Poetry from Gad Kaynar-Kissinger

Photo by runnyrem What’s Left Poetry is a safe In a foreign city Hotel. A tour guide Trying to get lost. Salted peanuts In the bar after midnight. A second after they closed. A second before blacking out. Poetry is what’s left After you have left And took the elevator. And walked side by side […]

Fiction from Madeline Anthes

Fiction from Madeline Anthes

Photo by Milada Vigerova I May Never Be Clean Again Oh, Mother, forgive me, I may never be clean again. I know the words. I heard them whispered over paper napkins and squeezed hands. I heard them as my knees bruised and I pressed my hands into steeples in front of my chest. I heard […]

Fiction from Tess Walsh

Fiction from Tess Walsh

Photo by Daniil Kuželev Dandelions We came to Vermont to heal; that’s what the website had promised our parents. Written word therapy sounded just academic enough for us to hold onto our good girl titles. It wasn’t rehab; it was gentler than that. Our problems were gentler than that. The driveway was gravel and the […]

Nonfiction from Chila Woychik

Nonfiction from Chila Woychik

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters Remembrancer for Christine Dear Sister, Makes sense Iowa feels home to me. Crop plats so large you drive a mile, and the spread keeps going. They say South Dakota’s are even bigger, some five or seven miles square. But Indiana where you were raised? I’m not sure; I’ve never been there. […]

Fiction from Melissa Goode

Fiction from Melissa Goode

Photo by Tim Mossholder Pretenders The water rushes to our feet, creeping up our ankles, and disappears again. Gravity shifts, the ground flying away from beneath us. I lean on your arm. It is the first time I have touched you in ninety-six days and the blood surges below your skin. It does. What I […]