Poetry from Angela Ramos

Poetry from Angela Ramos

Photo: Matt Artz Silt Mounds like this – now put pressure on the wound. the swollen Palina cigar box filled with memories and movements of me: my grandfather’s poker chips, clicking and scraping, red white and blue against one another; an iridescent turkey feather from the woods out back; that note from Violet, “you are […]

Fiction from Hema Nataraju

Fiction from Hema Nataraju

Photo: Tembinkosi Sikupela Tonight One of two things can happen tomorrow: either the parents will accept their newborn the way he is, despite the beard that touches the tips of his toes, wrap him in a thick blanket to hide his luminous face—which will glow brighter in the inky darkness of the night as they […]

Poetry from Richard Weaver

Poetry from Richard Weaver

Photo: Clarissa Watson Take a word Any word. Please. Divide it by the square root of a gravid bulldog bat. Invert the hypotenuse then shanghai your neighbor’s Shetland pony. Divest yourself of any stock containing vowels. Go to the nearest Catholic church and confess to everything especially if you are not now or have never […]

Fiction from Hannah Grieco

Fiction from Hannah Grieco

Photo: Ice Tea The Three Witches There once was a witch, but nobody ever saw her. She lived deep in the forest and no one knew her story, about the woman who flew from her home, from her forced marriage and motherhood. From her children who clawed their way out of her body as she […]

Poetry from Liam Strong

Poetry from Liam Strong

Photo: Oziel Gómez non-suicide poem before your mouth was as wide as a shovel you loosened the collar of your boots like dinner plates waiting to be washed when i was ten we held our shoes upside- down like pistols aimed at our own undoing i’m too used to tying my sneakers indefinitely so that […]

Nonfiction from grace (ge) gilbert

Nonfiction from grace (ge) gilbert

Photo: Dan Meyers I realize I am a serial monogamist. * Sautéing yellow onions in my mother’s home, a moment breaks open in the way moments do—senselessly. Do I actually want to be married?  The voice seemingly crawls out of some pit or another, perhaps coaxed into the foremeats of my brain by the familiar […]

Nonfiction from Julie Zuckerman

Nonfiction from Julie Zuckerman

All Photos: Julie Zuckerman Snapshot of the Southern Hills What I saw on my ride this morning: Rocky terraces and verdant rolling hills, greens so abundant and fresh my words cannot adequately express their hues and saturation. Against this backdrop, fields of white mustard with tall, delicate petals sway in the wind; despite its name, […]

Poetry from Nicole Scott

Poetry from Nicole Scott

Photo: Deleece Cook The Mob Goes Wild The couch crowed about its rips for each girl who lost her virginity on its paisley olive cushions. The afghan had a hole for each jet-black stiletto stabbed through, rough housing with the rich neighbor boy. Ladies didn’t care who were ladies or if their crackers got crumbs […]

Poetry from KB Baltz

Poetry from KB Baltz

Photo: sandid Bower Birds After the fire grandma’s house with its glass eggs cat knick-knacks and ancient china was pushed into the sea by a yellow bulldozer with no sympathy for memory or the smell of mothballs and hand rolled cigarettes. After the fire grandma’s house was pushed into the sea and red headed girls […]

Poetry from Satya Dash

Poetry from Satya Dash

Photo: Clay Banks Photosynthesis The closest I got to myself        was when I tried slitting my wrist        with the blade of a shaking leaf unfurling like a long finger’s curse        only to find a wreck of the world’s errata       at the entrance sat Orpheus singing        only poetry makes sense of all this in poems I […]