Excerpt: Lynn Pedersen

From Tiktaalik, Adieu Begin No plans and preparations without first having a vision, like an angel appearing to you in your bedchamber, or thought slipping in as you butter your toast, stir your coffee. And how to know what to pack, especially for a trip to where no one’s ever been? Easier to follow a … Continue reading


Book Review: Keen by Lauren Gordon

by Tamara J. Madison Keen By Lauren Gordon Horse Less Press. $8 keen (n) – a lamentation for the dead uttered in a wailing voice or sometimes in a wordless cry (v) – to make a loud and long cry of sorrow:  to lament (adj) – having or showing an ability to think clearly and … Continue reading


Poem: Robert Okaji

Bread That year we learned the true language of fear. I baked boule and you haunted medical sites. You said to arrive I must first depart or be willing to suffer self-awareness. Let’s not mention our pact just yet. My basic boule requires a Dutch oven, 20 ounces of flour, water, yeast and salt. At … Continue reading


Excerpt: Gail Thomas

From Waving Back All Hallows I feared grandmother’s faded corset draped over the shower bar, laces dangling like naked pink worms. And the way my gentle father morphed to monster when faced with a leaky faucet or faulty lock. On Halloween I did not want to be a princess, though rescue seemed exciting in an … Continue reading


Book Review: Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate by Aleta George

by Keith Skinner Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate By Aleta George Shifting Plates Press. 362 pages. $19.95 I was quickly drawn into this story that begins with fifteen-year-old Ina Coolbrith attending school for the first time in Los Angeles and being inspired by her discovery of the self-educated poet Edward … Continue reading


Double Dose Poem: Danielle Susi

Some Pain is More Important than Other Pain We hand baskets to families who suffer for Flor de Caña where the water is sugar cane poison and watermelons bloom overnight like teenage girls Fried plantain bumps up against burning trash Tortillas molded in flying saucers over fire and I can’t tell whether it is the … Continue reading


Poem: Danielle Susi

Burn I watched you push yourself in front of that train. And I grabbed you. Reached out with my long arm. Made you conductive like the rails. Made you carbon held against the post to be burned. So that some smoldering smoke might spread. I saw you jump from that roof but never touch down. … Continue reading


Three Questions: Meg Johnson

We featured an excerpt from Meg Johnson’s Inappropriate Sleepover (The National Poetry Review Press, 2014) in January. Her poems have appeared in Hobart, Nashville Review, The Puritan, Sugar House Review, Verse Daily, and others. Meg started dancing at a young age and worked professionally in the performing arts for many years. She is the editor … Continue reading


Excerpt: Jessica Goodfellow

From Mendeleev’s Mandala Self-Portrait, with Vertigo If my range of vision is imagined as a clock face, it’s toward eleven that I cannot tilt my head without my inner ear shaking like a snow globe, setting otoliths awhirl in a blizzard of dizzy. The specialist calmly explained, There’s nothing to be done. From now on, … Continue reading

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Story: Jennifer Genest

Side Work 1988. The most popular song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin, was what my manager, Scott, would sing, ad nauseum, whenever we had any sort of gripe. This was funny to me, at fifteen at my first job—a waitress at a Deering Ice Cream and Family Restaurant in my home town in … Continue reading


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