Poetry from Diana Donovan

Poetry from Diana Donovan

Photo: Blake Wheeler Some Houses The houses where you were afraid to fall asleep they weren’t like the others on the tree-lined street by the pond the neighborhood kids cleared after the snow everyone lacing up their skates as the sun climbed high on the ridge setting up the plywood hockey goals—and later one of […]

Poetry from S. Preston Duncan

Poetry from S. Preston Duncan

Photo: Luke Porter You Don’t Steal from the Witch’s Garden This girl had flowers in her arms ………ink from Araby ……embraces like curry in a burning room or a spice market on its side. When she touches you it is the way children splash in aspects of autumn and marigolds always face you somehow. You […]

Fiction from Olivia Kingery

Fiction from Olivia Kingery

Photo: LwcyD Alice finds an antique coin collection When her grandfather died, Alice brushed her finger over the dust collected on his furniture. The two had played cribbage earlier that week, but now, it was Thursday, and her grandfather was dead. This is how she finds the coins: in the back of his closet, behind […]

Poetry from Jessica Anne Robinson

Poetry from Jessica Anne Robinson

Photo: Erda Estremera spring thaw (ii) i am craving spring like a dead lung / swallowing sun like dew, sucking leaves off eyes closed and daydreaming sounds of rushing water when i pass the dirty glacier streams still frozen to the face of sloping lawns. i’m in the doorway watching albums / only peaches, and […]

Fiction From Candace Hartsuyker

Fiction From Candace Hartsuyker

Photo: Keem Ibarra The Femme Fatale 1 The rules: the detective is the hero and the femme fatale is always the villain. The detective is taller than average, wears suits in black or gray and is sarcastic and handsome. The femme fatale has a soft, throaty voice. Small or tall, she is all legs. An […]

Fiction from Tommy Dean

Fiction from Tommy Dean

Photo: Tandem X Visuals Past Lives Our four-year-old tells stories, usually unprompted, about his old house, this former life he had before he was with us. He lived on a farm on a country road with John Deere tractors. The deer with the sprig of whitetails gathered at the edge of the woods, and he […]

Nonfiction from Shayleene MacReynolds

Nonfiction from Shayleene MacReynolds

Photo: Ron Whitaker A Steady Rush In the beginning, there is the steady rush of quiet natures. There are the waters, winding, snaking, layering themselves across the skin of earth. In the waters, I get lost and wonder if I really want discovery. It would be lovely for the all of me to float away. […]

Poetry from Gretchen Rockwell

Poetry from Gretchen Rockwell

Photo: Tyler Lastovich ‘Pay Attention,’ She Says, And I Try after Mary Oliver I never liked nature poems, and I laughed at whoever said I might one day learn to love the woods. Then came you and your soft wings and scattered grasses, the redfern where you are resting, where I am quieted despite myself. […]

Poetry from Sara Barnard

Poetry from Sara Barnard

Photo: Zoltan Tasi When it felt something like a honeymoon They are not infinite, the world and her treasures. It is not uncounted the gold we can give. World with an end for this has an end. Still, safe in the swarming of a dusty afternoon the gleam is incessant—shine stipples sovereign. Being not without […]

Fictions from Rebecca Harrison

Fictions from Rebecca Harrison

Photo: Olen Gandy Chimney-side We lived where the fires were. The chimneys tall as skies, broader than river mouths. Our homes clung to the chimney sides. Our streets were stairways that never reached to the ground. Our homes were filled with the fire sounds. The crackle and hiss rumbled through the bricks. Genna sat on […]