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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

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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

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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

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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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Poem: Laurie Kolp

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

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Three Questions: Michelle Bailat-Jones

We featured an excerpt from Michelle Bailat-Jones‘ novel Fog Island Mountains (2014, Tantor Medida) last fall. Her fiction, poetry, translations, and criticism have appeared in a number of journals, including The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, The View from Here, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Quarterly Conversation, PANK, Spolia Mag, Two Serious Ladies, Cerise Pressand The Atticus Review. In 2013, her … Continue reading

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Excerpt: Ace Boggess

From The Prisoners “Why Would Anybody Be Bad?” —Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird Grit or bone, it’s all just meat in the mouth. Maybe you have to pick the lock, maybe steal a loaf from the baker’s window (how honeydewed that fresh bread tastes to the nostrils, to the fingertips). Not like you haven’t tried it, sniffed … Continue reading

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Story: Renee G. Rivers

What’s in a Name? “How will you take his name and continue to teach? Teaching in the inner city is hard enough without dealing with that name.” Mom was right, but there were a lot of balls to juggle: finishing graduate school, finalizing the house deal, planning the wedding, interviewing for jobs, and yes, rearing … Continue reading

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Poem: Lauren Gordon

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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