Contributors: Ronald Schleifer, Elizabeth Hinds, Pamela Slate Liggett, David S. Grofs, Kate Beaird Meyers, Grant I. Holly, Tom Bowden, Robert Markley, Richard Cafestta, G. Douglas Atkins
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On the loading dock
I see racked ribs
I think of us
hanging like bats
from the monkey bars:
you take off my hat
to let out the blood.
I float in the river all …3
I would have thrown newspapers in nothing but my boxers
at sparkfall. Instead, I go mourning
all day and flitting about the hollow space inside.
In the marketplace chickens hang in a butcher’s window.
Little is up in arms.
The snow globe shaken so hard
trees and people float loose above
the tiny alpine village. An unappealing
afterlife, heaven in a knickknack,
although no one still stuck
seems to notice, each holding
the same pose they had before.
On the shore, I build a man from wire and rocks.
I wrap copper wire around a blue barrel.
I lift the barrel out. This copper cavity becomes his chest.
Drift wood, the only piece on the beach, becomes the …5
Contributors: Robert Boliek, Daniel Borzutsky, Anthony Bukoski, Rachel Conran, Peter Cooley, Jim Cullinane, Garin Cycholl, Laura Didyk, James Doyle, Alan Gerson, Daniel Gutstein, Jeff Hardin, Terrance Hayes, David Hernandez, Angie Hogan, Christopher Howell, Taj Jackson, Stephen Graham Jones, Joshua Kryah, …0
Remains, by Jesùs Castillo. McSweeney’s, 2016. $20, 109 pages.
Jesùs Castillo’s first full-length poetry collection, Remains, is a stark collage of voice, nature, and the breakdown of culture, a world in which “the bombs had fallen with the majesty …2
—for Interdependence Day
To inspire you is to spiral into. No it is not, it is to breathe into. You may breathe all you want but I am watching a galaxy spiral. You can’t see that, the sun is out, besides the …4
Hamlet on the Senses
Tell? I would never!
You want to find his body?
I say trust your nose.
— Eva Garcia
Where’s the fishmonger?
Oh! He is eating dinner
in a bed of worms.
— Katie Aldridge…4
I took with me everywhere else I’d been before. I’d bought a house on a corner and dismantled it like a stage-hand. When I spoke, my voice sounded like everything. When my neighbors asked if they should be worried, I …2
Contributors: Jacob M. Appel, Nikhil Bilwakesh, Elizabeth Bradfield, Barbara Brainard, Alexandra Chasin, Bill Christophersen, Samantha Cohen, Aaron Collier, Lydia Conklin, Chip Corwin, Thom Dawkins, Manoel de Barros, Jason DeYoung, Joshua Edwards, Matthew Guenette, Christopher Hellwig, Patricia Lockwood, Mike Miley, Idra …0