Contributors: Jody Cordova, Joan Fay Cuccio, Bonnie Arant Ertelt, Randall Garrison, Stephen Gibson, Bruce Henricksen, B.D. Love, Todd James Pierce, James M. Tierney, William F. Van Wert, Christine Wiltz
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Contributors: Sara Adams, Bipin Aurora, Chris Barrett, Ryan Burruss, Joseph Campana, Kayla Rae Candrilli, George Elliott Clarke, Gillian Cummings, JK Daniels, Sara Femenella, Zachary Fisher, Briana Forney, Cal Freeman, D. Gilson, David B. Goldstein, Ronan Hatfull, Christopher Higgs, Nathan Hoks, …11
The Leftovers, by Shaelyn Smith. Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2018. 232 pages, $16.
There are tons of reasons to read art criticism: you can learn about culture, formulate arguments, or anxiously over-prepare for a Tinder date with a Dada …7
They found me looking happy
by the East River. Fifty lashings, they said.
For believing, I was punished.
For doubting, I was punished.
My family, we were celebrants, we enthused the South, we enthused the North.
Testify, they said, and …
Two years after she died, I found my grandmother living
in the walls of my body, sleeping by day, waking by night—
we’re so good at being good; it’s hard to tell how bad we are
at being women. When …0
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
When the rain didn’t end and the pear trees disappeared below water, we climbed onto our roof and waited for the boats to come; we, passing the time by counting each of our possessions that surfaced—singled shoes, open school folders, …4
Contributors: LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Monica Berlin, José Duarte, Harold Jaffe, LaTanya McQueen, Beth Marzoni, Jason Myers, Katie Jean Shinkle, Jane Wong
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Harold Jaffe is the author of 28 books, as well as many shorter works in Best American Short Stories, Chicago Review, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, among other venues. He has won two NEA grants in fiction and two Fulbright …2
A fawn crossed the road as I began my descent—via bicycle—into the valley; I thought I could see little buds on its head, but I didn’t trust that it was possible for a baby deer to have horns of any …1
Contributors: Nick Barrett, Grace Bauer, Jake Berry, Michael Burns, Joel Dailey, A. di Michele, Susan Facknitz, Ken Fontenot, Skip Fox, Charles Freeland, Edouard Glissant, Jefferson Humphries, Claudia Grinnell, Jennifer Grotz, Bob Grumman, Ken Harris, William Hathaway, Lindsay Hill, David Hoefer, …2