Notes on Being a Real Person | Emily O Liu

Notes on Being a Real Person | Emily O Liu

"don’t leave me alone. i don’t want to talk to anyone but now it’s the only thing that forces me to materialize into something solid. my brain drifts with the clouds out the window, past the frame. wisps of something hard lick at my edges like flames, and i shy away..."
Albany en Recto Verso | Ted Jean

Albany en Recto Verso | Ted Jean

"1. you are headed south to be with your dying sister; while 2. your idiot heart rises toward bliss to be sailing like an improbably bulky bird across this heartbreak beautiful pedestrian winter Western Oregon farmland..."
Selected Prose Poems | William Doreski

Selected Prose Poems | William Doreski

"A family of mice becomes a single garter snake. A woodchuck becomes a pangolin. An elephant becomes a herd of Jersey cows. You ask how it works. A machine creates a powerful vacuum..."
Pandering to the Audience | Marc Vincenz

Pandering to the Audience | Marc Vincenz

"The crow pecks wildly. He’s scarred by last night’s tar and feather. 'Apparently so,' says the raccoon, 'in crow culture the rites of adulthood are cast early.' 'Only the old-fashioned believe such stories,' the crow mutters to the shrike..."
Selected Poems | Christine Tierney

Selected Poems | Christine Tierney

"i found out on the day i was thick-wet-heat / i found out on the day i tussled through the weeks and morphed into sunflower..." Christine's poetry has been published in Fourteen Hills, Poet Lore, Permafrost, and elsewhere.
Any Which Way | Tess Kursel

Any Which Way | Tess Kursel

"Grief is a scoundrel / A sweet liar / It will tell you that / if things stay loud enough / and busy enough, / it will scuttle away..."
Sounds Like | Jennifer Lang

Sounds Like | Jennifer Lang

"I read one syllable at a time first-grader fashion: ga-go-a-im, which makes me think of the game charades—sounds like garinim, Hebrew for sunflower seeds, a common Israeli snack..."