Poem: Anna Leahy

The Spider For Richard Bausch, C. K. Williams, and David Henley The spider was as big as a cat, he said. The spider couldn’t be crushed with a shoe. Some people keep these spiders as pets, he said. One woman wore her spider as a hat. A hat, a hat, he said, holding his hand, … Continue reading


Excerpt: Joy Ladin

From Impersonation Commitment Issues The soul can’t commit to the body but still hangs around, obsessed with what-ifs: What if the body withers between one kiss and the next? What if they never feel naked together? What if they just don’t fit? What if the body turns out to be nothing but causes and effects … Continue reading


Story: James R. Gapinski

Plastic Flamingos Some teacher loses a kid, some chimp is throwing poo, the bear’s hiding in his cave again, and the stupid tiger won’t eat. It’s a lot to deal with, but at least it’s manageable. Police officers are combing the “Small Mammal Adventure” area for the kid; I tell the primatologist to order more … Continue reading


Book Review: Fiddle Is Flood by Lauren Gordon

by Maggie Trapp Fiddle is Flood By Lauren Gordon Blood Pudding Press. 26 pages. $7.00 There’s a certain way of growing up American, and it includes reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. If you remember being immersed in the Little House series, you understand the nostalgia for Wilder’s already nostalgia-steeped stories. Wilder’s books paint a picture … Continue reading


Poem: Andrew Davidson

You’re Like a Messiah on the Mat You’re like a messiah on the mat in a kingdom out of time breath is bated – it’s almost math the way we breathe death under water an old man no one hears yells “history, come to papa” crushing the promise of life with his eyebrows when we’re … Continue reading


Three Questions: Karen Paul Holmes

We featured an excerpt from Karen Paul Holmes’ Untying the Knot (Aldrich Press, 2014) in February. Formerly the VP of Communications at ING (a global financial services company), Karen is now a freelance business writer, poet and writing coach. In support of writers and audiences, Karen founded and hosts the Side Door Poets critique group … Continue reading


Excerpt: Clifford Thompson

From Twin of Blackness: a Memoir I have come to think of blackness as my twin. The proof is that we came along at the same time: 1963, the year of my birth, also brought the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. I feel toward blackness the way one … Continue reading


Story: Sophie Joelle

Trigger Warning: [sexual abuse] Daddy The neighbors float about our home as if it’s their own, and no glass is ever empty. My mum tends to stay amongst the party for an hour or so before retreating to her bedroom. She doesn’t relish the attention like my father does, and she doesn’t drink. She says … Continue reading


Book Review: Hyacinths from the Wreckage by Madeleine Beckman

by Laryssa Wirstiuk Hyacinths from the Wreckage By Madeleine Beckman Serving House Books. 105 pp. Available June 1. A former dancer and present Tango enthusiast, poet Madeleine Beckman manages to accomplish a rare feat: fuse body with mind. Entering Beckman’s second full-length collection Hyacinths from the Wreckage, a reader might be reminded of Zen Buddhism, … Continue reading


Poem: M. O. Mc

For Him— Part 1 My palm is branded resembles the Gemini constellation spread as stars after I kept my head in the clouds long the world is happening in only one eye of mines you see, you see I am a man guillotined by anxiety from the inside out of my head, now and, and … Continue reading


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