Poem: Andrew Davidson

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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

Poem: M. O. Mc

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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

Poem: Holly Day

flashlight

Why There’s Always a Flashlight in the Car Alone in his tent, feverishly tossing, Imagining a broken leg swollen Rattlesnake venom turning his skin black, why Can’t we let go of these visions of mortality once Our children are grown, why are we always the ones who End up driving out to the campsites in … Continue reading

Poem: Couri Johnson

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Maintaining Balance in my Dwindling Hometown 3 Haikus from My Failed Relationships I. Found lipstick, bathroom. Fuck-me red. It’s been used. II. Doggy style’s the only way he finishes. III. It works well when we don’t have to talk so much 5 Haikus Based off of Shit Boys Have Said to Me I. “You’re wild, … Continue reading

Poem: Bruce McRae

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Each Fear Contains a Wish A bone needle and catgut thread. Sewing a new shirt in the dark, a ghost-shirt for the dark ages, leaning toward a single flame so I might hear its indelicate whisper. A night as quiet as a doll’s house, a full moon stalking the forests, the crow on the roof … Continue reading

Poem: Robert Okaji

bread

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

Double Dose Poem: Danielle Susi

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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

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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

Poem: Laurie Kolp

invasion

Invasion Even nests die, through winter’s barren limbs appear as brown spots, sores a burden to course eyes. Abnormal in the current flow of things, the stems like veins disrupt dormancy– the tumors in your brain. Texas native Laurie Kolp, author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014), serves as president of Texas … Continue reading

Poem: Lauren Gordon

godintheriver

Last Summer I Found God in the River what clings, what stays the noise we make in ink the lightning fields magnified by glass floods bright grass fiddled bare feet to kiss his feet to know gospel, to really know it I had to run Lauren Gordon is the author of  Meaningful Fingers (Finishing Line … Continue reading

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