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 […]

Two Poems from E. Kristin Anderson

Two Poems from E. Kristin Anderson

Subaudible Please, not poison—               small, trashy, the hanging leaves mother knew,       these toy hundreds       floating yellow school buses,   the party           in the destination, windows       opened out.         If you hear—      shadows joined hands         and tumbled down               breathing, out all night,       out all night,       panic […]

Fiction from Josh Patrick Sheridan

Fiction from Josh Patrick Sheridan

Chicago, 1987 According to the schedule, the train will be coming in two minutes. There will be lots of people on board—a Saudi exile, a former welterweight boxer, a family of twelve with tickets to the aquarium’s new PenguinTown show. Women and men will be holding hands, their noses nestled into each other’s fur-lined corduroy, […]

Fiction from Suzanne Verrall

Fiction from Suzanne Verrall

stones There was a woman who loved her children so much she ate stones to fend off hunger while feeding them what wizened roots and tubers she could forage. She visited neighbours, begging for mean scraps to keep her family whole. The neighbours gave what they could, sometimes denying their own chickens or pigs, so […]

Fiction from Caleb Michael Sarvis

Fiction from Caleb Michael Sarvis

Baby, It’s Cold Outside Baylee opens the glass bowl of leftover salad and her left thumb falls off without a mark. It’s been numb for a few days, but now it rests atop spinach and grape tomatoes. Italian dressing coats the nail. She picks it up with her other hand. It’s knobby and soft, a […]

Poetry from Shoshana Lovett-Graff

Poetry from Shoshana Lovett-Graff

Afterwards i provide anew to my grandmother’s flesh she was sifted finely on me but it did not stick i was moldy and speckled already by dank water lapping the edges of her composure, quiet run through with whispers, and after the truth was told, there remained some vertigo when no one could remember who […]

Poetry from Madison Tompkins

Poetry from Madison Tompkins

Anamnesis It’s all slow motion until it’s not, until you can’t even remember it happening, until it didn’t happen at all. It’s like the comb sorting through your hair knowing it will be tangled again. It’s like the van door being slammed on your thumb, bruising your nail until it falls off. …………I am the […]