Excerpt: Sarah Ann Winn


From Portage Float July fourth. Baseball’s on the radio, a steady hum from the garage outlasts the locusts for an inning. Tonight the fireworks will splay and fall over the lake, but now in the lull after picnic, a little work sweetens the languor. A hymn of mending to be done, perpetual hum in work … Continue reading

Excerpt: Myfanwy Collins


From The Book of Laney I’d been staring at the fire for a long time when Meme offered me lunch. “I’m not hungry,” I said. Meme rolled her eyes at me and sat herself down at the table anyway. She ate an enormous sandwich made on homemade bread. It looked good and I was hungry, … Continue reading

Excerpt: Ruth Foley


From Creature Feature Dear Larry Talbot I used to know a man like you: the scarce veneer of skin across the beast, the claw curled in a hand. I used to wait for him to snarl or snap, to say I drove him to it like your autumn moon. I recognize your startled heat, your … Continue reading

Excerpt: Matthew J. Hall


From Pigeons and Peace Doves She Sedates the Rhino this morning when I was sleeping and you pulled two extra blankets up to my chin I dreamt you were standing over me with a basket of flowers the stems had been removed and the heads were vibrant and heavy deep reds and dark purples vanilla … Continue reading

Excerpt: Philip Terman


From Our Portion: New and Selected Poems Among the Scribes Didn’t they tell you, all those sages, that the promised land is this moment? Here, now, this late summer air, this dew-drenched field, this thin filament of gossamer between an apple tree and an apple tree? The almost unnoticeable blue jay feather in the unmown … Continue reading

Excerpt: Fred Russell


From The Links in the Chain Gross had decided to do some jogging that Sunday morning. He jogged around the corner to the deli and then he jogged right back again with a bag of bagels and lox. Gross enjoyed watching those yo-yos running around in their underwear like there was no tomorrow. Jogging had … 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

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

Excerpt: Tania Pryputniewicz


From November Butterfly Veil (Guinevere to Melwas) I run. His boot traps my hem. My gown seam holds, my knees strike ground. Bits of stable hay stick to his soles, my palms damp with dream. No one hears but the servant girl who feigns sleep to save our lives.
 I retreat. Between inner and outer … Continue reading

Excerpt: Luanne Castle


From Doll God American Girl I am my dream house and convertible. I lie in the wet and dappled grass awaiting pauses breezes and other hesitations. I am the wait. Everyone tests my breast, but I wait only for one. She grips my forehead with intent yanks my head from its roost and puts me … Continue reading


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