Mid-Week Feature: Sally Deskins & Laura Madeline Wiseman

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from Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection   Sally Deskins is an artist, art writer and writer. Her art has been exhibited in galleries in Omaha, New York, Philadelphia, Charleston, Pittsburgh, Ohio and Chicago; and has been published in publications such as Certain Circuits, Weave Magazine, and Painters & Poets. She has … Continue reading

Poem: Mary Buchinger

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Passage of Time in Paute, Ecuador Doesn’t here. No minutes nipped off the sun’s stage, a day’s a day’s a day, June, January; what changes, only the moon hanging off the Southern Cross elusive, in this narrow sky scraped into furrows by ever-lasting peaks; absent in this time of drought, a wet to alternate with … Continue reading

Mid-Week Feature: Elizabeth Mastrangelo

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Reclamation: A Prose Poetry Filmscript inspired by Gregory Crewdson photography   Elizabeth Mastrangelo’s main trade is teaching English to ninth- and eleventh-graders at an all-boys prep school. At night, she attends Emerson College’s MFA program in Creative Writing as a Dean’s Fellow. Liz freelances in her free time, ghostwriting romance novellas and website copy. She … Continue reading

Poem: Rose Hunter

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[dust] when i went with him to the plaza of the snail and we ate ice cream under a plastic leaf next to one of those garbage boxes in one of those cordoned off lounges just over from the food court. the lights were dim and i choked for the second time that day and … Continue reading

Mid-Week Feature: Kenneth Pobo & Stacy Esch

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from When the Light Turns Green Sometimes Loneliness Can’t Be Cured You wake up, head for school where you learn you’re not human, that you can be tortured easily, minute by minute, teachers in on the joke as they turn away, a few joining in. Mom and dad see how withdrawn you’ve become. Mom prays. … Continue reading

Poem: Lori DeSanti

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Shadow of a Summer Orange An orange fills the whole of my palm, resting gently across my lifelines; my fingers grip its rind, shape its bowed edges. I hold it toward the sky and align it before the sun, squeeze one eye shut and pretend I am holding the earth. I watch it eclipse the … Continue reading

Poem: Colin James Sturdevant

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Releasing the Sounds of a Chord the clouds outside bellowed & hoarded sound. & my chest still contained swallowed birds. they danced in a blackness behind ribs & each time they neared the edges, a force of web turned them to the center over & over. god was calling, so i concaved the shield that … Continue reading

Poem: John McKernan

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My Father Marveled at Halloween We never had this when I was a kid It was All Saints Day & prayers on our knees After his death He became for years The perfect disguise Thin air Each Halloween Each year I have assigned him a new disguise This year he will be a song Mick … Continue reading

Poem: donnarkevic

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Flight Plan Her bruised fingers, defensive wounds, run along the rim of the mattress like a child threads a blanket through hands seeking comfort. He snores. In the upstairs apartment, a needle scratches out Neil Young’s, Harvest, the faint lyrics of A Man Needs a Maid. Her 7-Eleven girlfriend gave her the gun, a lump … Continue reading

Poem: Glen Armstrong

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The Bedside Book of Scary Prayers The children were dreaming of partially eaten crab legs and adults with fake moustaches stabbing a map of the world with daggers. Don’t write off the strangeness of their little minds. I, too, never felt safe at their age. Mother’s knife skills, though celebrated by visiting chefs, left everything … Continue reading

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