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Online Issue #25: Connections

What binds us together? To one another. To ourselves. To a place. To our reality as we know it. When is it time to leave and how much will we put ourselves through to stay? Like the title of our cover art, Online Issue #25 is all about connections. Enjoy these pieces that boldly examine […]

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Amber by Travis Truax

Somewhere in a winter that’s barely a winter my friends down south are promising each other nothing. What is warm, what is heating my life here is what’s long been kept so close. The years aren’t really measurable. Or maybe there are only miles. I’ve promised more postcards, phone calls. When a note comes from […]

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I Walked Into a Rickety Old Bar on the West Virginia Line by Travis Truax

  One my grandpa used to swim through on so many boozy evenings when the rockabilly band played. When Patsy Cline crooned for locals. When as a teenager Patsy stepped down from the stage to find my grandpa’s helping hand and in the back, alone, my grandma’s jealous gaze could split the whole place in […]

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Heaven Is Anywhere You Are My Sister by Julia Armstrong

  after Max Ritvo and Claire Yoo   Virginia, I think God is in your moving.   As you go from room to room, you trace holy lines like streaks of neon,   so bright my teeth ache.   Sometimes when you leave a place, it’s like you’ve siphoned   all the grace from the […]

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That Was the Summer by Jesica Davis

    We squeezed lemon juice fresh over everything   wanted to taste the sun feel its heat between teeth   let it sting already-raw mouths as we sweat          through late afternoon’s   parched ground seeking relief sucking ice cubes because we can   we who must add zest to every recipe like smokers who […]

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Instructions for Caring by Pam Baggett

Lie often. When she thinks you’re her sister Pauline, talk about growing up on the family farm: jumping from the hayloft, that unheated bedroom. About the trip to Atlantic City where you rode bikes on the boardwalk, boys you kissed behind the roller skating rink, the years you worked together in the war factory.   […]

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Black Sheep by Casey Knott

Hot pink and lonely amidst road grime and weeds—a child’s   stuffed whale along the freeway, tossed one day as a lesson   in regret and wonder. There now under sun and rain and wind   and heightened by its candid placement, like a lone shoe   in the gutter—some sign of life lived. Like […]

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Reflection by Casey Knott

  Turns out, it wasn’t a ghost tapping I’m still here in Morse Code at the window the whole long morning you spent pretending the day ahead might deliver something to cleave the weight in your chest, even though nothing but a rapture would do. You’ve been tired for days. You’ve got lots of excuses […]

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Heavy Equipment by Barry Peters

  In morning darkness I pull over and watch the heavy equipment sleeping behind barbed wire. How yellow and massive they appear under globes of halogen night lights. How strong their names: Bulldozer. Excavator. Knuckleboom loader. Feller buncher. Backhoe. Row upon row, the peaceful dreams of machines. The eastern sky glows orange. Soon I will […]

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Three Haibun for My Younger Brothers & Younger Sisters by Micaela Gerhardt

  1   I am scared to be the oldest of us. When you were born I sat in the hospital, waiting, or slept and dreamt of your new names. I heard you speak your first words; one of you pointed at the chandelier above the dining room table and whispered pretty lights. I was […]