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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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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.

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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,

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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…

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ARTWORK by Wendy Goldberg

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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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