Fiction from Kathryn Megan Starks

Fiction from Kathryn Megan Starks

Photo by Naomi Tamar Harvest Hulls Peter Peter pumpkin eater, Had a wife but couldn’t keep her. He put her in a pumpkin shell, And there he kept her very well. Getting into the thing was harder than she would have imagined. It wasn’t the first time she’d asked herself, how does one climb into […]

Poetry from Mackenzie Cole

Poetry from Mackenzie Cole

Photo by Mahkeo Dear Dick, After m. l. smoker’s “Dear Dick” My day is a woman who will leave me. Let me tell you about some places that grew me up. This fence line is where my hands became uniform. We used to run to this tree with our arms swung out and try to […]

Poetry from A.R. Robins

Poetry from A.R. Robins

Photo by Hamish Secrett On Birds and Bees The beak, russet lance, awkward enters the yawning throat releases the worm. No love, just old instinct that dictates two bodies. The stinger, thin dart, heedless pushes the sunburned epidermis injects the venom. No sense of duty, no real war. Nothing to count or add together. A […]

Fiction from Kerry Graham

Fiction from Kerry Graham

Photo by Nil Castellví Dare You dared me: climb in your window. I thought, after childhood, dares died. But later, remembering how I straddled your windowsill, I wondered—was this to prove to you I would, could, do it? Or. Was this proof to me? About how badly I want to be where you are. . […]

Fiction from Emily Dezurick-Badran

Fiction from Emily Dezurick-Badran

 Photo by Patrick Schöpflin Lateness It isn’t as people think—that we, the chronically late, have no comprehension of time. In fact the opposite is true. We understand time best because we know it as manifold. Rushing through London towards an appointment with the trauma specialist we know we’ll arrive on time only so long as […]

Nonfiction from Kailee Marie Pedersen

Nonfiction from Kailee Marie Pedersen

The Cordeliad     KING LEAR               What can you say to draw ………………………..A third more opulent than your sisters? Speak. CORDELIA                Nothing, my lord.   After my grandparents and parents die, I will inherit one third of my family’s farm in Fremont, Nebraska. I have no idea how […]

Poetry from Baba Badji

Poetry from Baba Badji

MULTINATIONAL SELF Imagine shutting myself in the American face, where I face the low slung & pale sky where Africanness send Negroness down the elephant’s shadow of Négritude. The will to smile that big Senegalese smile- Un Homme blanc me dépose au regard de L’Océan Atlantique, au regard des terres Africaines Because I refuse to […]

Poetry from Kate DeBolt

Poetry from Kate DeBolt

Editor’s Note: The following ekphrastic poems are responses to artist Barton Lidice Beneš’ “Lethal Weapons” series—specifically, the pieces “Silencer” (1993) and “Molotov Cocktail” (1995)—in which the artist filled various vessels with his own HIV-positive blood. To see each poem’s corresponding artwork, click on its title. . . Silencer i wouldn’t really kill you but if i did […]

Fiction from Jennifer Fliss

Fiction from Jennifer Fliss

Towels . The baby is born at home. This isn’t planned. In a blizzard in Wisconsin, she slips out of her mother and is wrapped, a slush of vernix and blood; a blue child in a crisp white towel. . We are going to the beach. We carry sunblock and water and snacks. The kids […]

Three Cross-Genre Pieces from Jessy Randall and Briget Heidmous

Three Cross-Genre Pieces from Jessy Randall and Briget Heidmous

Editor’s Note: The following are from the Mapping Project, a collaborative work by Jessy Randall and Briget Heidmous which includes images with text, texts made of images, animated gifs, and more. We’re delighted to share these selections. . . Message in a Bottle — Enough — Fair to Say . .  Jessy Randall, 47, has had […]