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THREE POEMS by Jenny George

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

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TWO POEMS by C. Dale Young

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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,

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TWO POEMS by Caylin Capra-Thomas

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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…

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EXCAVATING by Tingyu Liu

Not-knowing, the last of the last times slipped past us like small ships—no memory of the last hand within hand, the last curving against curve, the last naming, the last receptor clasping and unclasping—the last trace of us traveling from spine to mind, axons to dendrites—a relay of loss. If we took every fish and […]

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[DEAR BEAR] by Ae Hee Lee

Dear Bear,                                                                                                           […]

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SNAKES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA by Michael Lawson

Coach Mac told us as we sweltered on the sideline and the freshmen practiced tackling how the heat drove snakes into the cool steel tubes on his father’s construction sites in Burma, taipans coiled inside the rifled hollows, vipers slunk down the silvery lengths; how when the chatting workers tipped the tubes upright the snake […]

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STINGING NETTLE by Hanae Jonas

—Thing to get down to:               a rich interior life. I understand this is funny—already I’ve gotten intimate about my wreck. Everyone’s heard something from me               about sex, but what about his body, prone, fermenting               on the bathroom floor? Wouldn’t sleep in our bed out of guilt—maybe a need to be alone with […]

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ISO by Sophie Klahr

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wanted: a width, a girth. vessel me, burden me, break me into bearing:
take this sluice to be swollen, worn, heavy in gait, o
give me a heft to hold…

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FOUR POEMS by Rebecca Hazelton

HOMEWRECKERS   Say hi to California for me. Say hi to lovely weather. I hear your movie is a good one. Your movie is a winner. Say good morning to the good girl beside you. Say hello to good decisions. The bread and the toast it becomes. The sweet unction of jam and the dull […]

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EVEN AS YOU TELL ME OF THE HORSES by Ama Codjoe

The number of nights I’ve spent alone crowd the grass like fallen green apples. They are years spotted, bruised, and wasting. Not a spell or a season,   but a lifetime—a good life with a brick house, libraries, a surprise party for my thirty-third birthday, leather boots, Fela Kuti, and mercy dressed   in my […]

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MRI by Leila Chatti

I wear a gown that ties in the back; this is how I am sure I am sick. The nurse can’t be more than a few years older than I, smiling as if we’re friends while I grip closed the gape of my frock. Laying down on the narrow carriage, I think it’s a bit […]

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SUMMER TRIANGLE by M.J. Bender

Deneb in the Swan; Altair in the Eagle; Vega in the Lyre—he brought home a woman at three in the morning and told me to get out of bed and go sit on the front porch. I listened to her having an orgasm— a chord, a jazz chord: three thirds on top of the root. […]

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