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in which many give blood, the odd pint, the occasional bag; the stranger few
drain gallons. Even fewer donate with such regularity that they have a central line
conveniently installed for extraction. Not that expedition and speed are what
Like yolk dribbling, fork-wounded, from a poached egg
The word wife drips from my mother’s tongue unhindered.
Sometimes a bully, even to men of God, my mother is
A spur in the preacher’s flank until he agrees to gay-marry
In the green distance, bank notes
bud from sycamore bough.
Executives trample the meadows
and switchgrass, unable to arrive.
To the west, their fathers re-shingle,
The executives sell their fathers’
farms to purchase a mile of faraway grove.…
In A Girl Goes into the Forest (Dzanc Books, 2019), award-winning author Peg Alford Pursell illuminates the many faces of love and loss in 78 cross-genre stories and fables. Each hybrid flash immerses readers in the complex desires and …1
I really wanted to like Momma Tried. Honestly, I did. And part of me still does. So I’ll begin on a positive note and get to the rest in a minute. Here goes:
I. They’ve made a beautiful-looking thing and …6
What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford, by Frank Stanford. Copper Canyon Press, 2015. $40, 762 pages.
You know that there are many poets around now. A lot of them seem to be fighting over this or that.
His name is loose. A choir
of seagulls aims to understand it,
but of course, that’s not
going to happen. Especially not when
they can notice a television through
the window. One avoids
the word “comfy” if he can.
Everyone agreed, the dead robot was making them sad. It lay across the front steps of the Wang family’s house, bucket-shaped head tilted to the side, three arms and three legs sprawled in every direction. Mr. and Mrs. Wang had …7
Before they found Maribelle, Arlo and Sam were scavenging the remains of a farmhouse. Just piles of charred wet wood and muddy ash. The fire had burned so hot the steel springs from a mattress were melted into a tangle …10
One year after a segregated air force
discharged my father, honest and faithful
service completed, he married my mother.
No shotguns or dishonor, just doing right,
onlookers all bearing witness with one eye
open. So many of the flames in …