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I wake up and stumble into the bathroom,
tear off a few sheets of toilet paper produced by a private equity firm.
I pour a fresh glass of water provided by private equity.
Private equity wants to know who I’ll …
Again, David Dotson sketches
shark’s teeth on a 40 mm grenade
with a Sharpie—the quick flicks of his hand
ripple the tendon under his elbow,
wrapped in black ink, a tattoo imprinted
in my memory. I laugh every time
It’s as if the pinpoints are stars, and I am drawn in blue pencil,
the pictures between them.
Immaterial, non-print. I exist in the false-empty,
the heft within atoms. I think about what I eat.
Three times a day …
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
An ambitious new volume, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature, collects short …4
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The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers, edited by Dinty W. Moore. Rose Metal Press, 2012.$15.95, 180 pages.
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing …0
Contributors: F. Emerson Andrews, Chana Bloch, Carl H. Brans, Daniel S. Brody, Paul Burns, Peter Gangelosi, Steven M. Champlin, John William Corrington, Rosemary Daniell, Barbara De La Cuesta, Vaughn L. Duhamel, William D. Elliot, Jeptha Evans, Charles Fishman, Warren French, …1
Because that’s how you break through, said Blake.
How you see desire for what it is.
His brown hair was matting nicely, his loincloth
getting the hang of him. He had some chants down pat
and nicely-emerging ribs. Om-most there, …3
Down to the Dark River: Contemporary Poems about the Mississippi River, edited by Philip C. Kolin and Jack B. Bedell. Louisiana Literature Press, 2015. $18, 232 pages.
Growing up in central Mississippi, I was far enough removed from …5