Poem: Anthony DiMatteo

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The River, The Sky Paul Klee said he would work so as not to cry. But where do tears go if not to the same root? Compressing the sky into a single bolt is hard work even for the sky, much less the artist rubbing a bow on the edge of a sheet of tin … Continue reading

Poem: Laurin Becker Macios

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Our Selves Were Made for Something and We Searched for It When we found ourselves there it was March and quiet with snow. Flakes scented like sliced apple lazed down—gathered, melted on a striped cat’s fur. Mountains loomed like hangnails, hurt a little. Each moment was a textbook full of how. We found a brown … Continue reading

Poem: Dana Hubanks

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Skunk Cabbage I can smell the skunk cabbage blooming in the roadside ditches moldy remnants of last year’s crops forgotten, wait to be tilled under as reeking wreckage. Women break their own backs pounding blunt tools into the earth in rhythmic prayer to forsaken soil redeeming the redeemer. After three months of thick time pouring … Continue reading

Poem: David L. White

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The Limits of Name “But above and beyond there’s still one name left over, And that is the name that you never will guess; The name that no human research can discover— But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.” —T. S. Eliot I was named when I was born, codified in a moment … Continue reading

Three Questions: Marc J. Frazier

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We excerpted Marc J. Frazier’s new chapbook, After (Finishing Line Press), in the summer. He has been widely published in journals including The Spoon River Poetry Review, ACM, Caveat Lector, Slant, Permafrost, Plainsongs, Poet Lore, Rhino, The Broome Review, descant, and The G W Review. He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award … Continue reading

Excerpt: Meg Eden

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From A Week with Beijing Beijing and I Meet For the First Time When I first met Beijing, she said, What’re you doing here? It’s not the Olympics yet. I tried to tell her I was here to see her country, to get away from my home, but she tried to sell me bootleg plushes … Continue reading

Three Questions: Mathieu Cailler

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We excerpted Mathieu Cailler‘s new chapbook, Clothelines (Red Bird Press) during the summer. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, his work has been published in numerous national and international literary journals, including Ardor, Epiphany, and The Saturday Evening Post. He has been named a finalist for the Glimmer Train New Writers Award and the New Rivers Press American Fiction Prize, as … Continue reading

Mid-Week Feature: Sarah Hayes

Ground Up

from Heart of Everything That Is Go Inside a Stone Go inside a stone hands wedged to the wrist into the flake of it the flake: inviting slash of waterways and cold fractures, fissures and weaknesses this map of eons coming undone (slowly reforming) Go inside a stone finger tips gripping awkwardly in small pockets, … Continue reading

New Titles from Lit House Press

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Lit House Press is pleased to announce the release of two new titles: —Responsibility by Kelsie Hahn  and All These Cures by Kelly DuMar.                         Responsibility is Kelsie Hahn’s first published collection. Her fiction has appeared in Barrelhouse, The Southeast Review, Caketrain, NANO Fiction, … Continue reading

Excerpt: Lisa Mangini

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From Bird Watching at the End of the World Bird Watching at the End of the World (ii) It starts with a certain stillness — a wing held up at a right angle, head cocked as if the grackle is watching me back. It is hard to see clearly from here, but perhaps he holds … Continue reading

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