Nonfiction

Jose Luis Alegre Rodriguez 2

Still

Michelle Terry

Unspoken. Dalliance. Essence. Contrail. Talisman.

POETRY

Kimberly Bannister "If This Isn't Nice, I Don't Know What Is"

Two Poems

Caroline Crew

This is an excerpt of what my eyes have seen: / swamp as a woman, desert as a woman, the mountain / erosion castrated to soft billows…

Fiction

Yellow Airplane

Passovers

Andrew Gretes

You know that plot in the backyard, the one that looks like it’s been kissed by Cain and won’t grow, no matter how much nitrogen old Yiayia dumps on it. It’s me. I’m the reason it won’t grow.

Poetry

Kimberly Bannister "Dilla"

Three Poems

Jeannine Hall Gailey

Break into an underground military mountainside / with just two orphans and a shotgun, / / swearing you have the salt that will heal the sick.

Fiction

Cupcake Display

Too Little, Too Late

Sara Lippmann

Throw a party and Doug would be the first to get sweaty and drunk––but good drunk; the one to make fin eyes and dumb jokes and suck baby lamb chops off her plate. Amy was less festive. 

Nonfiction

Christopher Woods "Boy on Ice"

What You Need
to Feed Your
Baby

Susan Lerner

An ability to idealize. Imagine your not-yet-conceived infant blissfully suckling at your breast. Fantasize that your nursing infant will complete you in the way of lovers.

Interview

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Emilia Phillips

with Meg E. Griffitts

When the body is threatened, I think it’s natural to both enlarge the body in order for it to contain more, to contain every thing and aspect of memory.

Poetry

Anne Davis Bottoms Up

The Incredible Snare

Colin Dodds

God / is a wild animal / half-domesticated by its own creation

Review

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In Dylan Town: A Fan's Life

David Gaines

Confession: I was one of those people who said that they loved Bob Dylan’s lyrics but hated his voice.

Review

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After

Fatima Asghar

The spine is a stem, is “a mountain road I choose not to follow,” is plucked like a violin, is the staff of Moses being lifted by a beak-mouthed boyfriend.

Interview

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Stephen Bett

with Stuart Gill

Our personal technologies simply alienate us, separate us, further and further.

Poetry

Christopher Woods "Walking Stick on a Walk"

Darwin
(disambiguation)

Katie Willingham

You might say this is the first / kind of experiment any of us perform–planting / certain carefully concocted ideas in the minds of our fathers, / to watch his face purple and curl like a rotting eggplant.

Interview

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Tatiana Ryckman

with Shannon Perri

I feel there is no hell quite as excruciating as having nothing to do.

Review

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How Gone We Got: Stories

Dina Guidubaldi

Imagine you never escape the town where you grew up. Or say you do get out, but bring with you all the baggage of your youth… so you haven’t really left at all.

poetry

Christopher Woods "All Come to Look for America"

Three Poems

Christopher Cokinos

Between the mirrors and focus, / between myth and ignition, between / the aisles, slender hands in latex are taking / what you’d leave behind.

Poetry

Mark Edim "Statue Hands"

Topos

Melinda LePere

below blue line vellum / long finger tapers smooth / knob-knuckled hands

Interview

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Terrance Hayes

with Meg E. Griffitts

Art is always trying to deal with the soft edges or the blurs around things.

Review

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Whisper Hollow

Chris Cander

As I was reading this debut novel, I was often reminded of the phrase Flannery O’Connor coined to describe the American South: “Christ-haunted.”

Interview

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J. Scott Brownlee

with Andrew Hincapie

I want someone with a high school education to be able to pick up this book and engage with it the same way someone with two PhDs and a penthouse in Manhattan can…

Review

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Hick Poetics

Ed. Shelly Taylor & Abraham Smith

[T]he anthology re-imagines the conventional understanding of the term hick and brings it proudly into a poetic consciousness.

Review

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Those Godawful Streets of Man

Stephen Bett

When you can make eye contact with a million people in a day, how do you make it mean something?

Art

Kimberly Bannister "Proud Tree"

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