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LETTING EVENING COME ON by Joshua Gottlieb-Miller

Seventeen, in a constant state
of non-emergency. Walking with my dog,
I’d invite neighborhood girls to join me.
During the day we would follow the trail
through the woods. At night, skirt
along the road by the edge of the forest…

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STICK AND POKE TATTOO by Lucian Mattison

He sets a black chess
rook aflame
in a ceramic bowl
stirs ashes with vodka
into homemade tattoo ink…

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MOTHER AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME by Brian Russell

it’s almost noon
and she’s still in bed with a headache
everything expands
the bedroom bursts with light an electrical storm rages
in the quiet space of her skull…

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ALMANAC by Brian Simoneau

April sets us on the scent of summer, opens up a trail
but it’s covered in mud. Buds on the branches but also mold
begins to stain the plaster walls. Patter of rainfall lulls me,
pulls me under after a week awake, weightless as I watch
the minutes flicker…

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TWO POEMS by Angela Peñaredondo

ANOTHER WORLD GATHERS

I sleep in a bedroom once a horse
stable for a monastery.
The monks have all turned
& the cork trees stripped to red.
I am a weak thing. A body down,
an eaten up mosquito net…

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ISSUE 9

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

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THE LUNGFISH by Michelle Gillett

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

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