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Issue 30 poetry

Yellow-morning

by Abigail Chang Yellow-morning with too-heavy sun. Feeling sick from lethargy and not enough oranges. A mother dialing back your fingers splashing them quiet and brown. All the trees praying down at your porch.The sound of water.                 Eating citrus from a bowl. Light.         […]

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Editorial Issue 29

Between Here and There

by Kristin Gallagher This August, after three semesters of seeing other humans only through Zoom squares, I went back to campus and discovered just how difficult it is to recognize people who are wearing masks. Prior to returning, I had spent much of the last eighteen months looking exactly like the image in Standing In […]

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Issue 29 poetry

wholly her own

by Melody Serra Accessible File *Image: A New York Times clipping of “Patricia Lockwood’s First Novel Reaches for the Sublime, Online and Off” by Merve Emre, Feb. 16, 2021. Melody Serra’s passion is teaching and empowering others by sharing what she has learned. She helped launch an arts and crafts program at a children’s hospital […]

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fiction Issue 29

The Burning

by Daniel M. Mendoza This past Sunday, the city announced a parade to celebrate the grand opening of Fanatics Hunting and Fishing Gear where Motherclucker’s Chicken Shack once operated before the incident residents collectively call “The Burning” occurred. Motherclucker’s was not open very long when it became obvious to all that it would rake in […]

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fiction Issue 29

The Fermi Paradox

by Courtney Clute Did you know that due to the trillions and trillions of stars and planets out in the universe, it’s mathematically certain that there is some sort of intelligent life out there? But why haven’t my kind come to Earth to get me? Every night when the moon pokes through the dark sky, […]

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Issue 29 poetry

Better Than Yourself

by Rachel Stempel for my future dermatologist It’s Thursdayand it’s lateand you’ve lostyour right handto scienceand your left hand’slimp Your knucklesbulgeand starecockeyed You forget howyour playground politicsmade illegibleevery          good                     thingyou got your greasy                    […]

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Issue 29 poetry

What Not to Expect at a Korean Supermarket

by Jessica Kim Now watch me strangle the neck of the apricot tree,watch me grab a back of green onions and cage it in the rusty supermarket cart. Like the flight herefrom California, confined in the small body of an aircraft. The Korean peninsula devours my bodyand swallows. I wonder why I am so welcomed […]

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Issue 29 poetry

Theme Park Polaroids

by Ash Good Accessible File Ash Good (they/them) is a queer, non-binary poet, designer & activist in Portland, Ore. They are cofounding editor at First Matter Press (501c3 nonprofit) & a reader for Frontier Poetry. Ash’s newest collection, us clumsy gods, is forthcoming from What Books Press in 2022. Poems recently appear in Voicemail Poems, Cathexis, Willawaw Journal & others. Diamante […]

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Issue 29 poetry

Another PTSD Poem

by Beth Suter Night-blooming jasminesuffuses the sleepless dark—           scent of the unseen, a shiver   in the belly, my forever-fishswimming a shoreless womb.           Though my son surfaced,   a tremor remains, his arrivalopened a door I can’t close—            the door of my […]

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Issue 29 poetry

Goliath Frog Poems  

by Emma DePanise Goliath Frog Whistles to Their Lover My yellow underbelly bristles, the warmwater trickles—I’ll do the dishes every night, I promise. My elongated second toecan almost reach you. I didn’t kiss that dragonfly. This July night skysticky and wild as my tongue. I hear other kinds of frogs have the rightkinds of voices, […]