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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After they stole his car they wanted to give him something back. A love letter proving he’d lied. He was the boy who’d left early that morning and missed his plane. He was swimming under the sky in a pool …2
As with any illegal drug, Bond came to me through a friend, my officemate at the graphic design firm where I produced diagrams for mathematics textbooks. Larry was a compact, cherub-faced man with an inappropriate mane of long, thinning blond …1
Becoming blood and bone dissolved
into soil into river carving plateau
wide swath of hill and valley neither
deep nor high and I am hawk call and sweet
whistle and gentle chirping answer
and I am cow grazing hillside and …
Technically, the condition was inoperable. The doctors had never seen anything like it and neither had the dressmakers.
The girls lived in the old farmhouse on the top of the hill with their sweet mother Linda. It’s not the kind …10
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
An experiment with the form of the nineteenth-century-style review: mega-long excerpts connected by impressionistic ligaments.
Seven Gothic Tales, by Isak Dinesen. Random House, 1934.
Seven Gothic Tales is a set of enchanting stories in late-modernist prose by Isak Dinesen. From …3
on the tendons of summer, the twitch of air,
the eyes, liquid, bare, and the glare of wheat
not yet cut. Six panthers lounge in the sun,
and who knows how many else hidden.
The panthers can’t hold up the …8
Can something be a portrait if it hasn’t got a face? The straw-hatted man of indeterminate age wears threadbare blue pants and a birdcage-ribcage, well-used black shoes on his resting feet. Loulou the Pomeranian was there when the master let …1
I have a friend who has always been thin. Both Sasha’s parents, well into their fifties, are lanky, and, for as long as I have known Sasha—into our earliest years of schooling—her parents have been this way, pale academics, who …3
sky’s still white,
but flocculent with cloud
blurs, calming to those
who have stopped
to witness cliffs
being scaled sidelong
by ruddy mountaineers;
the newspaper’s contract
bridge advice; absorbing diagrams
of various crashes; reacting…