William Greenfield – Momma’s Boy Gone Bad

Momma’s Boy Gone Bad Dear Mother I am sorry for not coming to visit you, for not sitting cross-legged in the open field while reciting confessions to you. I am sorry you cannot hear my thousand thanks for the many model trains and superheroes that drove the family debt to somewhere between impossible and my […]

Kim Peter Kovac – Trinity

Trinity In the name of the former and of the latter and of their holocaust. Allmen. -James Joyce 1.  Los Alamos, New Mexico Theologians exploring crucibles and intersections of faith light upon the fact that Trinity, where the secret gang detonated the Gadget, was likely christened after a verse by John Donne: “batter my heart, […]

Arthur Heifetz – A.M.

A.M. Why do you draw the sheets over your head and shrink from the day? Is it because your father taught you life was an aching tooth to be endured until they finally removed it? Or that friends’ fatal illnesses began with nothing more than a numbness in the arm or a lump in the […]

Ashley Shaw – Boning

Boning I’m just one on the assembly line Strung up on a bar stool Torso pierced by your Meat hook irises Hands glide along the Glinting metal counter “Let me buy you a drink.” Just slip that liquid past my teeth Let the grog sweeten the meat You dress my flesh, Pepper me with compliments […]

Heather M. Browne – Letter From Speedy Stevie

Letter From Speedy Stevie I’m sorry Daddy, I made you run. I tried to be good. I’m your Speedy Stevie, cuz I’m so fast and loud. I screamed real loud that night, huh? I didn’t know the coppers would come. I shouldn’ta tried to make you stop. Or go. Mama cries all night long, holding […]

AJ Urquidi – Forest

Forest The manchild moved to where boys go to bald: a forest of plaster, his language erased.                         A terrier brushed his leg,                         he longed to pet its fur.  A boy and girl threw sticks at their ball in a tree, he starved to reach up and embody their hero.                         Into his open […]

Karla Cordero – How to set an apple tree on fire

How to set an apple tree on fire The sun will tell you it is too early for destruction continue to shut the doors and windows to keep the house from coughing on your misery Basket the ripest apples and set them on your neighbor’s porch with a recipe for pie crust           Funeral his picture […]


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