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Two Poems by Jeff Whitney

Perpetual Country (Blood) It’s ok to be out of rivers and weak. Even today, wind troubling the lake’s thin chemise, two green birds kissing on a soldier’s cap, a Kansas calf’s warm blood misting the bullet   made miraculous by speed. We fail so perfectly as if it were designed. Sugar and sex the closest…

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Borealis by William C. Blome

The Indian girl in the bright green dress from down, down Madras way; the Indian girl with an overbite, hairy arms, and brassy coins; the Indian girl who’s somewhat tiresome at the zoo with her “let’s-stay-here-till-closing-time” chant in front of the great sandbox turtles and a rhino call home; oh the Indian girl whose voice…

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Being by Michael O’Neill

It was cold the day you touched me. Your hands entering just below the ribs, opening the drawer inside me, pulling it loose from its tracks, emptying the contents on the floor and rifling through the chalk white bones in search of the constellation spiraling through the atmosphere of my carcass.   We are all…

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Two Poems by C.J. Miles

Preface  [Redacted] walks through walls. [Redacted] butters her toast on both sides. [Redacted] bleeds bees. [Redacted] calls me collect from the afterlife. [Redacted] takes photographs of [Redacted] in a bed of cotton balls. [Redacted] is a scar on my right elbow. [Redacted] is born on the edge of a cliff. [Redacted] falls off the cliff,…

Finite Theories by Daniel De Santiago

Thick tiredness grows on the people that turn the lights out late, and the morning Judies that stalk Starbucks at 4:00 a.m…just before they open. Chapped businessmen and women grow moans from outside while emerald-aproned soldiers ready their arms. Depressed merchants sell worn blankets and moon rocks for the first time over by the corner…

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Friday Night Drive to Watertown by Brad Rose

I’m wearing flammable clothing. Also wearing the inflammable clothing. You can’t be too careful. Although it’s not posted, I’m driving the exact speed limit. It must have snowed last night, because I just passed a house with a square snowman. Man, I tell you, those kids have problems. I hope they get some help. Soon. You know what…