Contributors: Adefolami Ademola, D.M. Aderibigbe, Akin Adesokan, Unoma Azuah, Adil Babikir, TJ Dema, Dilman Dila, Novisi Dzitrie, Saddiq Dzukogi, Safia Elhillo, Lind Grant-Oyeye, Stacy Hardy, Tsitsi Jaji, Yejide Kilanko, N.S. Koenings, Rasaq Malik, Sada Malumfashi, Bernard Farai Matambo, Bwesigya Bwa Mwesigire, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Tee Ngugi, Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti, Iheoma Nwachukwu, Diana Nyakyi, Olufunke Ogundimu, Salawu Oladjide, Stephen Derwent Partington, Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin, A. Samwel, Unathi Slasha, Makambo Tshionyi, Obi Calvin Umeozor, Lynnda Wardle, Athol Williams7
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System of Ghosts, by Lindsay Tigue. University of Iowa Press, 2016. $20, 84 pages.
Lindsay Tigue is a devoted listener. System of Ghosts, her debut collection and winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, is filled with fragments …3
The Loss of All Lost Things, by Amina Gautier. Elixir Press, 2016. $19, 128 pages.
An older white woman who recently lost her ailing husband to suicide stumbles into an affair with a young black male prostitute; a recent divorcee …3
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
Contributors: Stephen Gropp-Hess, Charles Haverty, Meredith Martinez, Kelli Anne Noftle, Jenn Marie Nunes, G.C. Waldrep, Emily O. Wittman, Corey Zeller
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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 …
The first time,
I get two new hearts.
One is exactly the same,
orbits the first
like a dog.
By the numbers I get
I get a terrible party
I go in a drizzle
to Check Point Charlie
and peer over the barbed wire
someone points across it
toward a building where his brother
slid home on a rope of knotted bedsheets
border guards check …
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, by Marina Keegan. Scribner, 2014. $23, 208 pages.
In the first essay in Marina Keegan’s book The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, she writes, “We’re so young. We’re so young. …4
Suppose you came to hear about the day Dr. Wu made himself a victim in the classroom. Not too long ago after his wife had left him, taking with her their only daughter for a job in the Catskills. Beach …2
Contributors: Jon Dallas, Madeline Marcotte, Robert Lee, Mary Kuryla, Rynn Williams, John Rybicki, Robin Strickler, Sabrina Rord, Jim Meirose, Richard Kenefic, Robert Hendrickson, Cecile Corona, Jennifer Understahl, Jo McDougall, Bernd Sauermann, Denise Jordan, Jose Maria Mantero, P. Tatarunis, Donald Friedman, …0