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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The footing of the human body is so complicated.
A kestrel breaks upward into beauty. Can gender be a lyric form?
If the river says so. The river says.
Is not God, is not one of the many little gods, …3
They told us we needed to evacuate. To pack sandwiches, light valuables,
our important papers, and that we’d be back in three or four days.
By 3:00 p.m. the doddering bus, displaced with passengers
riled by nausea, urged the driver …
Mrs. Bilbo, my first and best teacher, presided over grades one through five at Murphy Adventist School, a two-room A-frame that sat upon a hill, not far from a church whose members worshipped on the seventh day of the week, …2
There I am. Of course, I am not really there, but yeah, am I there! I look at myself and I assess myself and I think to myself—well, am I there. I am aware of myself posing, my mouth closed, …1
It is an honor to ever fell a tree.
It is an honor to close all the doors
in the house and what for. We used to,
at the swimming pool, dive down
to the bottom then swim across it,…
“Don’t tell anyone,” he said, before he told me the story.
My father’s tales starred cheats, thieves, and priests, and he figured at thirteen I was old enough to hear one of his favorites. It began like this: once he …3
Contributors: G.C. Waldrep, Miranda Lake, Christopher Kirsch, Buzz Mauro, Adam Weinstein, C. McAllister Williams, Sarah Blackman, Scott McWaters, Jeannette Allée, Heather Christle, Dora Malech, Dorine Jennette, Chris Haven, Margarito Cuéllar, Glen Pourciau, Peter Grandbois, Michele Glazer, Anne Shaw, Garry Craig …0
What My Hair Says About You, by Laura Theobald. Metatron, 2016. $14, 96 pages.
The speaker of Laura Theobald’s poems is not having a good time. In “dumpster” she begs: “will someone please / throw me into that dumpster / …1
Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward. Scribner, 2017. $26, 304 pages.
Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward has been called both “the heir to Faulkner” and “a failed poet.” The former comes from a glowing piece in Time magazine about Ward, and …1
What Belongs to You, by Garth Greenwell. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016. $17, 208 pages.
Garth Greenwell’s novel What Belongs to You is a love story, but that doesn’t mean it ends with wedding bells. The romance begins in …4