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2020 Summer Contest Issue 26 poetry

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by Zebulon Huset The poem below won 1st prize in our 2020 Summer Contest in poetry. Here’s a statement from judge Ashley M. Jones. This is a poem that took me by the most spectacular surprise⁠—I’m a poet who loves to play with form, and I think this form illuminates the content beautifully. How can […]

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2020 Summer Contest Issue 26 poetry

I Attend a Pool Party at Some Guy’s L.A. Mansion

by Alaina Bainbridge I try to keep my eyes open. I watch sunlight rippleover blue-gold water. Light shadows jump, make menauseous. A few years ago, all the Tumblr girls were obsessed with Ophelia.They’d lie down on muddy banks, flower crownsglowing against dark, green marsh, stare blankly into the camera, glossed lips parted sensuously,eyes absent as […]

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2020 Summer Contest Issue 26 poetry

I’ve Been Waiting for Hate to Die (In memory of John Lewis) the way deciduous trees let go their leaveswhen the air becomes chilled, leaving trunkand bough and branches naked in winter. I thought somehow hate would have its springand summer but give way with time.Now, I see that hate is an heirloom pressed in […]

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Not Homeless, Just Moving by Jan Beatty

I wasn’t homeless, just had my mattress in my ’69 Chevy, clothes underneath boxes in the trunk. Everyday stuff in the front-seat backpack. I moved 14 times that year, drinking and drugs but still working my waitress job. I was in motion. Driving, working, hoping to stay with a friend for a night, I was […]

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Double-Cut by Jan Beatty

Please click to open Double-Cut by Jan Beatty. This piece requires formatting not permitted by our site design.     Visual art by Heidi McKye

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Dear T-shirt // Sincerely, Dashiki by Cortland Gilliam

I want you to see (me) Not past, nor through (me) Nor should you pretend (I look as you do) Nor will yourself into believing (I should) No, I want you to see (what’s here) I want your eyes to trace (the structure and dance of my lines the texture and humility their design) Heed […]

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Entering the ICU by Jessica Dubey

  The air tastes of                      spoiled milk                         a day ago something that              was safe           to drink            Its molecules lock onto my skin        follow me back to my hotel    climb into bed with me They resist             hot showers and rainstorms    I want     to crawl away I want      to live                 […]

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LOVELAND, CO, 2011: SELF, STEWARD by Katherine Fallon

I. Out there, on the farm, it couldn’t have mattered less. Not that I was the only human among the beasts, but I was the only one of my kind, and still,   it never mattered.   II.   We were, every one of us, coupled or not, quite lonely, so we became a pack […]

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The Father by Johnna St. Cyr

In that wood they built their house. You can’t see the ocean but you can smell the tide. He remembers birch sap under his nails, and April’s light. Foundation, beams, paint. Maybe he wanted to be a painter once. Maybe he danced. Surely he stood in front of the mirror practicing his songs. This is […]

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Our Two Year Conversation in One Paragraph by Monika Zobel

Do everything you would do. Gone crazy in a fortune cookie. Every platitude held a poem. I wrote what cannot be read. Oh you missed it, time. Whole nights. Still need yesterday and forgot where it aches. May keep it real. You may be raining all day. Most of the sights were silent…I sang for your […]