Poetry from Yaz Lancaster

Poetry from Yaz Lancaster

Photo: Anderson Rian Canto Many words were invented by sisters dusted in candlelight and brilliance. ​Gallivant. Fervent. Survival.​ One of them probably said “I know not of war but its violence. It’s slick in that way.” Ceremonial. Jurisdiction.​ I think I want to experience religion, just one really good time. ​Apathy.​ The moon belongs so […]

Poetry from Eric Roller

Poetry from Eric Roller

Photo: Susan Q Yin Late Night Semantics Imagine this, I say to your back, as you fall asleep tonight: Everything in this world struggles. Borneo elephants and cutthroat eels, black bean aphids and carpenter ants, sand oak trees and spear thistle; prokaryotes and Aristotle once upon a time. This marriage, I say under pillow Your […]

Poetry from Megan Huffman

Poetry from Megan Huffman

Photo: Manfred Richter Family Activities it’s God’s Day when we have to turn in bottles. Baby Brother stays home when Dad can’t look at him anymore. but i’m Favorite and rewarded with leading the cloud of stale, hole punched walls away from the car. Dad taught Favorite the skill of feeding the machine as fast […]

Poetry from Yvonne Amey

Poetry from Yvonne Amey

Original Photo: David Law Ricky Parks & the Coal Minors is not a band but a family of bones. is a family of maples flicking their August manes into a yellow-leafed hollow. am I a singer. are Grandpa & the miners resting. am I thin & windswept. am I a thousand of hours from autumn. […]

Fiction from Kim Magowan

Fiction from Kim Magowan

Photo: Chuttersnap The Best Defense Is a Good Offense (So They Say) The wife has a husband who cannot trust her. “This is why I cannot trust you,” he says, shaking his head dolefully. He has just overheard her telling her sister that he did not get the promotion at work. But her sister asked! […]

Fiction from Mandira Pattnaik

Fiction from Mandira Pattnaik

Photo: Harald Matern When It Freezes, You Realize the Sugar Maple Tree Holds Its Snow In your crazy fairytale, your husband is an elf, your home a postcard, the time Christmas, with holiday roasts and popular jokes. The Sugar Maple tree, soaring to the azure, colonizing the void above your backyard, is heavy with milky […]

Poetry from Tessa Ekstrom

Poetry from Tessa Ekstrom

Photo: Yuvraj Singh Trash Castle I am a creature of the Heat and your Galaxy is made of Sawdust you burned Down an entire forest To make room for Our home, but look, There’s nothing To build it with. I am a creature of the Silence and you sprinkle Glass shards in our shoes, We […]

Fiction from Megan Driscoll

Fiction from Megan Driscoll

Photo: Andrew Seaman Modes of Reproduction Pacific Salmon are this funny thing called semelparous. It was a word Ellie taught me, years before she left. She’d sounded it out by the syllable: sem-el-par-ous. Sem like seminary, where she swore Brian Silver was bound to end up, el like Ellie, what she’d called herself since deciding […]

Nonfiction from Despy Boutris

Nonfiction from Despy Boutris

Photo: Cristian Palmer Two Friends Confront Mortality We’re treading in the middle of the lake, the water deep enough to drown us. My eyes fix to some point in the distance, beyond the eucalyptus and pines making outlines against the night sky. He lifts his hands to the surface and splashes my face with water […]

Poetry from J.I. Kleinberg

Poetry from J.I. Kleinberg

Hannah   the way . . Twice nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards, J.I. Kleinberg is an artist, poet, and freelance writer. Her visual poems have been published in print and online journals worldwide. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, USA, where she tears words out of magazines and posts occasionally on Instagram […]