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ROBIN’S EGG by Keith Leonard

This blue-green robin’s egg cracked, now, and left in the porch nest—impossibly light in my palm. Somehow the chick knew to press its beak against the egg’s surrounding walls. In darkness, it must have followed sound—the thunder clap, its mother’s song, the dog—each driving its first and final fissure of the shell. But how did […]

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HARPER STEWART by Clemonce Heard

Whoever said black eyes don’t show up on black guys, need a knuckle mountain to the mouth. Everything with the exception of a beatdown stays in Vegas. Who in our crew of bachelors & back stabbers should’ve been held over the banister of our Bellagio suite? A groomsman doesn’t have to sleep with the bride […]

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THEY THINK THEY KNOW AMELIA EARHART, by Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

where she died—days after a photo               suggested she lived, proved it as much as paper can prove               anything, as much as a figure with her hair and approximate               body, sitting on the dock, facing away from the camera, can look exactly               like a lost dead girl. And far off right, a barge, floating almost out of frame,               with […]

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TWO POEMS by Ellen C. Bush

ASTIGMATISM   It is my birthday ritual but every year I am surprised to see my optometrist still alive, seeing me. He must be past eighty, mustache and skin of a former smoker, stale breath. I must have so much time left. I’ve been returning to this chair since I was seven, but have yet […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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…

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ISSUE 11

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

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PUSHCART NOMINEES

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

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ISSUE 10

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

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New Editors

We’re happy to announce three new additions to our team! We’re excited to have them, and they look forward to reading your work.   K.K. Fox (Assistant Fiction Editor) received her MFA from the University of Memphis. While in Memphis, she served as managing editor for the literary journal River City, now called The Pinch. […]

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ISSUE 8

Work by Tommye Blount, Sally Wen Mao, Rebecca Berg, Amorak Huey, and many more

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