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 Williams9
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By the river, the Verde, in the extra hot days when the mesquite was lush with airborne pepper, I saw Shandy B. hitchhike on the interstate in a wild bikini. It had ties on the hips and a big, gold …1
singlehood about as sensible
as finding one orange flip-flop
frozen to an iceberg
but also knowing
the kind of man you want
never would have let you
enter the Arctic Circle.
Michael Montlack is editor of …1
I attach no importance to names.
I learned to write my last name by copying
the tag my mother sewed into my coat
so I wouldn’t lose it. Such a long name.
So many letters. I have a name now—…
Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson. Random House, 1993.
Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars is probably the book that most science fiction aficionados think of when they think of hard Sci-Fi—that branch of science fiction that concerns itself only …3
Outtakes: Sestets, by Charles Wright, art by Eric Appleby. Sarabande Books, 2010. $16.95, 64 pages.
Charles Wright is getting old and he wants to tell you about it. In Sarabande Books’s second artist/poet collaboration, Forklift, Ohio designer Eric Appleby …5
Relatively cheap, and oversweet, and yet I take one,
place it full inside my mouth.
A drone the fuck inside a beige and cuboid house
and through a loving mother’s skull
and through the soul of us.
A praline in …2
Walking through a fallow field,
I found an arrowhead
more lovely than I’d ever seen,
upon an earthen pedestal
not packed by rain
but sheltered by the point itself.
Caressing it, I let my mind race back to when
There was Jeanie, stuck up against the reeds and the green brown summer slime all around her ankles. Fitz pressed a last cigarette to his cracked lips and they waded up to Virginia Bridge where the old hardtops passed idle …3
Contributors: Walter McDonald, Stuart Peterfreund, Hugo Lindo, Elizabeth Gamble Miller, Octavio Armand, Carol Maier, Carlos Edmundo de Ory, Miguel Labordeta, Will Kirkland, Ron Tanner, Tony Cartano, Lee Fahnestock, H.E. Francis, Sandra Russell Clark, Georges Bataille, Cecile Lindsay, Michael Fischer, Michael …1
OŚWIĘCIM, Poland—As they do on every anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops, witnesses to the Holocaust will gather Sunday, older, frailer, fewer than the year before.
After 68 years, the camp itself is showing its …5