Poetry from Sydney Sheltz-Kempf

Poetry from Sydney Sheltz-Kempf

Photo: Hanjörg Scherzer Legacy My Mother’s legacy taught me how to see in color: blood meandering down my leg as she placed society’s razor in a child’s hand, bride-in-training to hack away anything that didn’t belong in a man’s vision of woman that drifted—still years away— like blue-kissed smoke rings from a home set aflame, […]

Nonfiction from Candice Kelsey

Nonfiction from Candice Kelsey

Photo: Alexas Fotos Puzzling Things No hatreds are so keen as those of love. – Propertius They called me Fats. Older brothers have a knack for affectionate nicknames. But it was the 80s, and sensitivity hadn’t quite made its appearance onto the cultural scene. For some reason they referred to each other as Gay Boy. […]

Poetry from Lisa Wence Connors

Poetry from Lisa Wence Connors

Cicadas’ Hymn Sun staggers, dragging dusk The cicadas’ hymn fills the void — wild against calm, dry air A song, not of gratitude, joy but prompt resignation — short life of devoted suffering No song of biological Bacchanalia only droning duty as buds close for night They become husks – passed into genetic afterlife of […]

Nonfiction from Marisa Crane

Nonfiction from Marisa Crane

Photo: Victor Garcia Predictions for a Skeptic you will watch romantic films & witness couples dancing in the kitchen or living room or even in the bathroom & you will shout DO PEOPLE REALLY DO THAT? & the actors will stop what they’re doing, turn around, bend over, & moon you & you will slip […]

Fiction from Lynn Mundell

Fiction from Lynn Mundell

Photo: Ellise Verheyen Octavio The grey cat smells of smoke. Is smoke, in the way he materializes one day after a window is left open. Half-starved, he slinks under armchairs, sofa, hutch. Do you own a cat, her newest lover asks, sneezing four times quickly. No, she says, truthfully, raking the man’s back like a […]

Poetry from Dominique Russell

Poetry from Dominique Russell

Photo: Joshua K. Jackson Red Red is the color at the end of the visible spectrum of light. It puts you on edge. It is the edge. Scandals, streetcars and roses. The flush of fatigue and desire. Red is the aphrodisiac of power. Tasteful in small doses, mad in head to toe. Red can be […]

Poetry from Lisa Brognano

Poetry from Lisa Brognano

Photo: Erik Witsoe Progression The tick of the clock failed to move her life forward so she had to climb onto the wall and adjust the hands The very act of climbing landed her foot on the filing cabinet and her waist against the calendar She felt odd in that position but it had to […]

Poetry from Douglas Cole

Poetry from Douglas Cole

Photo: Bluesnap Zen Painting The land goes on forever you might say with a blue sliver river through it white-face rock crops sun devils and heat devils anvil cloud updrafts and hawks riding on thermals no trail no road no town just pinyon and scrub brush dust and feral eyes chittering chipmunks and snakes like […]

Poetry from Sara Marron

Poetry from Sara Marron

Photo: Thomas Kinto Wide Awake, Wondering if Ants Have Hearts I just wanna be friends I tell you after class We are both so exhausted And measuring the seconds left Before we can undress separately You hang your head out the window “Isn’t this what dogs do?” I laugh and say yes yes, you dog […]

Poetry from Laurel Radzieski

Poetry from Laurel Radzieski

Photo: raw pixel Reasons That a Person Would Have for Cutting Off the Tops of the Tulips and Leaving Them Where They Fell The tulips were yellow. The culprit was beheaded in a recent past life. A young boy thought he had found a stunning gift for his mother but upon receival she made him […]