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TWO POEMS by Joy Ladin

EARLY MORNING FLIGHT Half-empty plane, hot black coffee – it takes  so many peopleto keep my body soaring.I must be important, or at least not dead,  and my not being dead must matter, or it wouldn’t be so sunny,and if it’s sunny because I’m not deadI must be the fulcrum, the measure of existence, the […]

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LIGHT INSTALLATION AT THE HILTON by Iva Ticic

there are galaxiesabove what used to be the soft spotsat the top of our heads  we elongate our necksat an angletrying to take in all that neon-filled fullnessof the light-splattered cosmos   it scares me – that I don’t knowwhat you’re searching for me, the same old – a flickeringof some sort, a disjointed piece […]

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TWO POEMS by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

                                               DEAR AMERICA                                                I pick you up       […]

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BREATH MEMORY [BREATH ALPHABET] by Cory Hutchinson-Reuss

Zero degrees again. Midwest winters confuse loving with not leaving.Yes we are made of drifts. Yes we are made of degrees on a map of discontent.                              [Aluminum breath, breath of absence and alchemy,                  […]

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STACK OF BRIGHTNESS by Rosalynde Vas Dias

                                                  What do you know                                                   of […]

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TREES by David Lawrence

The log that fell into the river went for a long swim into a hidden country where logs were the dominant culture and the trees wept as they saw their barky cousins floating home. My wife loves treesAnd criesWhen a branch breaks on 72nd Street. I don’t care whether trees come and go like soldiers […]

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TWO POEMS by Patrick Rosal

TEN YEARS AFTER MY MOM DIES I DANCE   The second time I learned      I could take the painmy six-year-old niece      —with five cavitieshumming in her teeth—      lead me by the fingerto the foyer and told her dad     to turn up the Pretenders—Tattooed Love Boys—     so she […]

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FWR Monthly: Three Poems by Benjamin Miller

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      IN THE PLACE OF BEST INTENTIONS

As this is not the land of ice packs
and regenerations, of spent glue guns

or antiseptic counters—since shy
reminders filter through the streets all night…

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Three Poems by Brian Komei Dempster

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CROSSING

No turning back. Deep in the Utah desert now, having left one home
      to return to the temple of my grandfather. I press the pedal
            hard. Long behind me, civilization’s last sign—

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Three Poems by Sam Sax

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I.35

i watch him touch him self over a screen
and pretend it is with my hands

how you pull a quiver from an arrow.

he moans and i grow jealous of the satellites.

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Three Poems by Collier Nogues

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MISSISSIPPI

I know forgetting myself is a good thing, the best loss.
The trees look soft in the fog’s distance, egg-colored light
all over them. Even the sheep,   
eggy.
         The earth dries in ribs the rain has drawn on it.

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WRONG ABOUT THAT by Paul Beilstein

I thought my sadness was a moron’s elbow.
Thought I could offer it a salve,
or the comfort of a well-worn arm-chair.
I thought I could buy a corduroy shirt
and wash it the exact right number of times.

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