Poetry

"Roller-life" by Irina Udalova, tempera on paper, 2008

POETRY ISSUE #28

Circle “C” If You Just Don’t Know

By Chen Chen
 
 

I failed the multiple choice exam. I failed to thank the driver

before exiting the bus. I failed my pet fish in the third grade.

I am failing to recall if it was the third or in fact second grade…
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kingdom of babel

Samuel Hughes interviews
Talal Alyan

 

Our poetry co-editor Samuel Hughes recently had this exchange with Talal Alyan, our Issue #27 featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about political poetry, the concept of change, and the inspiration for his poetry collection Babeldom…. Read more

"redblue" by V.A. Smith, Photograph, Italy

POETRY ISSUE #27

Manifest Destiny

By Talal Alyan
 
 

“…..grow to love that strange language”

this century

bores. its growl like

a feral beast.

I want to devour

it with silver-spoon

teeth. put sea salt

along the spinal

cord of its borders…
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tucked away ennui of the sprawling west

Samuel Hughes interviews
Seth Copeland

 

Our poetry co-editor Samuel Hughes recently had this exchange with Seth Copeland, our Issue #26 featured poet. Here’s what he had to say about his development as a poet, life in a rural area, and our gravitation towards legends, myths, and the past…. Read more

"Pregnancy Dance" by Sandeep Kumar Mishra, Digital Image

POETRY ISSUE #26

Folklore

By Seth Copeland
 
 

The wordless marker fell over years back,

but they know where to look, bending through

tensile wire, the blue spray of flashlights

guiding their drunk steps…
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poetry is everywhere

Chris LaMay-West interviews
Triin Paja

 

Our poetry co-editor Chris LaMay-West recently had this exchange with Triin Paja, our Issue #25 featured poet. Here’s what she had to say about falling in love with literature, the importance of attentiveness, and the different perspectives gained from being bilingual…. Read more

"Hands No. 5" by Kimberly VanDenBerg, 3'x4' Oil On Canvas, Mud Season Review

POETRY ISSUE #25

The Lovers

By Triin Paja
 
 

when we go to a garden of rusted bathtubs

my body bends towards you

like a field of sunflowers, my face mantled

in the gauze of your hands…
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"Drowning #3" by Casey Gallagher, 28" x 36" Oil on Canvas, May 2015

POETRY ISSUE #24

COFFY AND LA CUMPARSITA

By John Manuel Arias
 
 

tonight she feltches battery acid into his missing eyes

he wriggles like a baby bird

mid orgasm and blurts out I’ve just made love

to a shotgun because she’s

sawed off at the waist

he’s a magician

he’s the one who’s done this to her…
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"Sunset" by John Douglas, 17" x 22" Epson4900 Print, 2015, Mud Season Review

POETRY ISSUE #23

A STORY OF BEGINNINGS

By Christina Mun-Lutz
 
 

After the wind pushes the weanling

away from its mother, after the night, black

so black it nearly glows, after the ocean’s

million hands fold and unfold,

the young will be less young,

and the old still old.
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"Core" by Dave Petraglia, Photograph, Mud Season Review Artist

POETRY ISSUE #22

Romantic Sensibility in Urban Pop Culture and Why it Persists

By Bruce Alford
 

Everything that is old is new again. Taoism says

Be natural and unconstrained, like flowing water—

perhaps this persistence has something to do with

speed, movement without return; the essential to go

on forever at the end….
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