Issue 12

New work by Kyle Dargan, Leslie Pietrzyk, Rochelle Hurt, and many more

ISSUE 11

Work by C. Dale Young, Rebecca Hazelton, John Poch, MJ Bender, and more

QUARTO: Two Poems by Annie Kim

     “I want to be a boy, you tell the man
who analyzes you. Free of desire.

He nods, light flashing
off his thin gold spectacles.”

JACONITA by Dylan Brie Ducey

Posey woke me up that first morning in Jaconita. She stood next to the bed in her underpants, clutching her princess nightgown in one hand and her Mother Goose blanket in the other.

BLACK BALLAD by Afua Ansong

The night I try to kill myself a boy is shot in the shoulders at the gas station next to my apartment. I don’t flinch. I lie on the rubber of my bed that keeps the bugs away and stare at the black poles holding the bunk bed together. The mice play sought and found […]

THE END by Liu Xia

Suddenly, you’re gone.
Two hours after entering
the hospital you took
your last breath.
This is the way you longed to die.

INTERVIEW WITH francine j. harris

francine j. harris is the author of allegiance (2012), a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and play dead (2016). She won the 2014 Boston Review Annual Poetry Prize…

THREE POEMS by Jenny George

DEATH OF A CHILD
This is how a child dies:
little by little. His breath
curdles. His hands
soften, apricots heavy on their branches.

TWO POEMS by C. Dale Young

FOR ITS BLUE FLICKERING
If you take cobalt as a simple salt and dissolve it—if you dip a small metal loop in such a solution and place it in a standard flame, it burns a brilliant blue,

TWO POEMS by Caylin Capra-Thomas

TIME SURE FLIES WHEN YOU’RE NOT LIVING UP TO YOUR POTENTIAL
So, everything failed. The jabbed-iron trees flamed out in spectacular failure along the ragged range. Forecast failed…

THE OCEAN INDOORS by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Remember that time the ocean came in through my bedroom window? Remember that time I woke up choking on sea salt spray, my bed a boat on the sea that had replaced the stained gray carpet?