Excerpt: Marc J. Frazier

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From After Ancestry She stares for months, sits on the porch steps crying. He cannot trust her hands on me. Charged like a battery, pumped with insulin, she dangles a trembling rosary. She is not the woman he knows, but he prepares to love her. Returned home, relatives bring casseroles, ham; her still hands—twins in … Continue reading

Excerpt: Lauren Gordon

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From Meaningful Fingers  You Can’t Eat the Grief when grief is eating you because you are hollowed like you have been drinking Drano, but you find yourself in a checkout lane with a bag boy who looks lupine in his beard and those plugs that stretch ear lobes until they are twin strips of silly … Continue reading

Excerpt: Alex Stolis

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From Justice for All S.B. May 30th 2002 I don’t have anything to say. I am just sorry about what I did. Remember your first taste of the body of Christ. A brittle snap in a dry throat, then silence. Unrepentant and ready to bring back to life that once upon a time: when a … Continue reading

Excerpt: Floyd Cheung

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From Jazz at Manzanar Jazz at Manzanar “That was jazzy.” ~ the emcee at the annual pilgrimage to the Manzanar National Historic Site, 2007 Three men, white-haired and buzz-cut, led us in the pledge of allegiance, but after the first twelve words, they could not agree, except that their versions were half as long as … Continue reading

We Want Excerpts from your new book (or one you love)!

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Do you have a new book out on an independent press? Do you have one forthcoming in the next three months? Then send it to us for consideration for this spot right here! Each Friday we excerpt new and forthcoming books from independent presses (and occasionally larger publishers) and we just can’t keep up on … Continue reading

Excerpt: José “Joe” Gouveia

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From Saudades   Speaking Perfect English Neither of us was ever able to leap over the hurdle of language barrier. Grandfather, Avô, “Não falou Iglês” until that night he appeared transparent. não compreendo why this ghost refused his forlorn face, turning from me fast. His ninety-two-year-old agrarian body, as toiled as his farmland, ran like … Continue reading

Excerpt: Electronic Corpse

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From Electronic Corpse: Poems from a Digital Salon #62: First, are you our sort of a person? First, are you our sort of a person? Trick question, so take your time, my dear. Do you spiral inward or out, like a snail shell, which has forgotten its math homework? Dog slobber lover, rich anticipation like … Continue reading

Excerpt: Steven Riel

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From Fellow Odd Fellow Outside a Jar Your kindness jars me over the edge. Suspended on a shelf, my lid screwed tight, my fragility was kept preserved & sealed. You take me down, run me under warm water to ease me open for good, & savor my fruits. As your lips explore me, I discover … Continue reading

Excerpt: Michael J Seidlinger

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From The Fun We’ve Had His Turn The sun wouldn’t stay even if it could. It teased him with the wonder of one clear direction until it left only the final few traces of light outlining the gentle waves, the ripple in the calm warm sea. Those young, eager eyes held back tears but the … Continue reading

Excerpt: Susana H. Case

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From 4 Rms w Vue Dark Matter Anyway, I have no idea why I fall in love with you. It’s sleep deprivation, dinners at 4 a.m. in the emptying 24-hour coffee shop on 3rd Street, the ketchup darkening the rim of the bottle, the table sticky with grease, Merle Haggard on the next booth’s jukebox, … Continue reading

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