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Madre Hada

Ximena Gomez   La casa estaba en silencio. El bombillo a punto de fundirse,   Apenas iluminaba el corredor, La escalera al jardín.   Por allí paseaba ella con el bastón. Ella decía que el corredor era   Una calle con farolas Llenas de polillas.   Bajo la luz mortecina se veía Pequeña y frágil. […]

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Eating in a State of Flowers

Forester McClatchey  Eating in the State of Flowers In Florida, the pigs eat escargot, the sluggish horses nibble Spanish Moss, the manatees hold feasts of watercress, and I can manage only dry Bordeaux before the steamed ricotta, basil, dough, and garlic of my favorite pizza place. I eat and watch the alligators pass along the […]

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Poetics and Ancestral Logic: An Interview with Dominique Christina

DOMINIQUE CHRISTINA is an award-winning poet, author, educator, and activist. She has authored four poetry collections: The Bones, The Breaking, The Balm: A Colored Girl’s Hymnal (2014), They Are All Me (2015), This Is Woman’s Work (2015), and her latest, Anarcha Speaks: A History in Poems (2018). She holds five national poetry slam titles in four years, including […]

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Gulf Stream Editors Lead Prison Education Initiative

After finding a decade-old letter in the Gulf Stream editorial office from an inmate asking about free journal samples for submission guidelines, Samantha Leon has teamed up with GS-affiliated and independent writers alike to contribute to prison education. Over the next few weeks, Leon will keep a PO Box open for book donations, which will […]

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Now Reading for Summer Contest Issue

The Gulf Stream Magazine Summer Writing Contest is open to writers of fiction and poetry. The winner in each genre will be awarded $100. The 2019 contest judges are Laura Lee Smith (fiction) and Ariel Francisco (poetry). Publication: The winning story and poem from the 2019 contest will be published in Gulf Stream Magazine and […]

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Issue #22

What the Ghosts in a Kiki Petrosino Poem Said to the Ghosts in an Anne Sexton Poem, Which Were Actually the Ghosts in My Own Poem by Dante Di Stefano

Some ghosts are my fathers, forever testaments to ragelove, undertow, imprint of baseball stitches on the temple. Not king, not priest, not urchin, but sad patient drugged asleep in the psychiatric wing.   Not all ghosts are fathers. I’ve counted them as I walk the suburbs. Some are rabbits wearing moonrise like an oversized firefighter’s […]

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Issue #22

On Being the Only Asian in Small-Town Kansas by Shannon Nakai

In my gym shoes, I drew the striped blocks of my Japanese name, strained   and skewered during roll call until I sounded like an exotic bird   or an Asian cell phone brand. People used to ask my mother   where I was adopted. She did not give me her tall frame, pale eyes, […]

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Issue #22

Office Politics by Cheyenne Taylor

A consortium of hips, thick hips, the unionized and synchronized   alike. Tough hips like rhino hides herringboned around the watering hole,   assorted like the trove of rubber pencil tops we picked through in elementary school—   do you remember mornings hunting for quarters, earned or not, for god   knows what? It’s still […]

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Issue #22

“Loneliness is the raw underbelly of being single.” –Catherine Johnson

A couple of years ago I went out for a drink with a fellow I had briefly dated. Our dating was the kind that happens when you meet someone on vacation (in this case our best friends’ wedding), and keep in touch after you’ve returned to your respective cities. Emailing, talking on the phone, exchanging […]

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Issue #22

Cabeza de Vaca Weathers the Gulf by Lesley Clinton

a worn tide     I retreat shallows joining the deep the way life crushes life thirst malignant in each arc’s rise     sighs in its fall heartbeats lapping up hours before fading     obscure in still chambers purled clean   a crest glossed in sun breeze I’m no part of the swell after all     maybe churned in its […]