Poem: Monique Gagnon German


What I’m Driving At In the space between songs on the disk, I decide: lane change, hear tic-tic in the silence between strands of music, as if the blinker is talking to the white line beneath saying yes, this is my intent and the line suddenly breaks up laughing in agreement. It is easy to … Continue reading

Poem: Meggie Royer


Scenes from a Marriage Grandmother dug him out of the lake next to the wood, his fingers curled around reeds, pockets threaded with silt. A small frog tucked into his cufflinks, their silver long tarnished into copper, its belly bloated with sound. We sat him at the dinner table; she wanted to place an orange … Continue reading

Three Questions: Tayve Neese


We featured an excerpt from Tayve Neese’s Blood to Fruit (David Robert Books, 2015)  in March. Her work has appeared in literary journals including Fourteen Hills, The Paris Review (daily online edition), MiPOesias, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and others. She is the Executive Editor of Trio House Press, an independent press publishing distinct and innovative voices of emerging and … Continue reading

Poem: George Freek


Willows in the Wind After Tu Fu There are clouds in the distance, but they pay me no mind. They exist in other worldly time. I’m out of sorts. I feel things are not right. Stars like knives slice up this night. The moon gives small light. I see nothing. There’s nothing to see, nothing … Continue reading

Three Questions: Sandra Marchetti


We featured an excerpt from Sandra Marchetti’s Confluence (Sundress Publications, 2015) in February. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University and currently teaches writing outside of Chicago.  Confluence is her debut full-length collection of poetry. Eating Dog Press also published an illustrated edition of her essays and poetry, A Detail in … Continue reading

Poem: David Mathews


Winter Solstice For Julia Cohen No one really knows this—Morgan Le Faye conceals herself in Chicago’s Bridgeport, among the remaining Irish holdouts. We carpooled on one of those Windy City days when people actually die from the cold. Her hazel eyes have seen a thousand years, the slight elf-like smirk in her smile suggests, “I … Continue reading

Book Review: The Conversation by Judith Barrington


by Maggie Trapp The Conversation By Judith Barrington Salmon Poetry. 78 pages. $21 It can’t be an accident that the word revenant shows up, by my count, three different times in Judith Barrington’s latest poetry collection, The Conversation. In this new work, Barrington is often concerned with returns and remains, with what leaves and what … Continue reading

Poem: Sandra Faulkner


Make Two With two needles and a ball of string, we learn the art of multiplication– 2 couplets, lovers, dyads, pet rats, not twins like in my preggo horror movie. Two tickets to a concert, a table for 2. Not my favorite number-the rent is past due. II, 2, two ways to write the number, … Continue reading

Three Questions: Lori Lamothe

We featured an excerpt from Lori Lamothe’s Trace Elements (Aldrich Press) in March. She also is the author of Happily (Aldrich Press, forthcoming 2015) and several chapbooks including Ouija in Suburbia (dancing girl press) and Diary in Irregular Ink (ELJ Publications). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Apeiron Review, failbetter.com, Grey Sparrow … Continue reading

Poem: Anna Leahy


The Spider For Richard Bausch, C. K. Williams, and David Henley The spider was as big as a cat, he said. The spider couldn’t be crushed with a shoe. Some people keep these spiders as pets, he said. One woman wore her spider as a hat. A hat, a hat, he said, holding his hand, … Continue reading


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