ISSUE 10

Work by Jenny George, W. Todd Kaneko, Tariq al Haydar, Leslie Harrison, and more

ISSUE 9

Work by Rachel Brownson, Angela Penaredondo, Karen Brennan, Joshua Gottlieb-Miller, George Kalamaras, and more

PUSHCART NOMINEES

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We’re proud to announce our 2017 Pushcart Prize nominees!

CITIZEN by Tariq al Haydar

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Enter the ministry through the main gate (not the women’s entrance), on Olaya Street: Memorize the number on your ID card (#1072049285). Vote in the municipal elections, , so that the world may see you and celebrate the act

CREATION by Gerardo Pacheco Matus

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They made me with bones,
white, yellow, brown & dusty bones,
heavy & hollow, broken & shuttered,

they made me with bones
no one has ever claimed,
bones no one will ever bury…

ARGUMENT FOR LOVING FROM A DISTANCE by Katie Condon

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Raining this morning & the foothills are dusted
with the gray light that comes with bad weather…

SELF-PORTRAIT AS HAN TO LEIA, ON HOTH by Amorak Huey

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Another planet battle-scored & near-exterminated: we crave this cave-chase & escape plan, our evacuation inevitable. We have always been outnumbered & every system is remote from somewhere…

PIVOT by Wendy J Fox

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  In the office, coworkers Sabine and Michael sat quietly at their cubicles. In the office, there was flux. For example, sometimes the temperature waffled between tropical and arctic…

TWO POEMS by Sally Wen Mao

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MUTANT ODALISQUE
This is not an ode. February’s ice razor scalps the gingko trees, their hair pulled skyward like the ombre roots of young women…

THE LUNGFISH by Michelle Gillett

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Deep down inside, I am afraid of the lungfish
suspended in its tank in the darkened room
meant to emulate time when desert was ocean

FOUR POEMS by Tommye Blount

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BAREBACK AUBADE WITH THE DOG

Thicker than its master’s thigh,
I saw that dog gnawing its leash—
and didn’t I know better? Knowing my fear