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MOUSHUMI CHAKRABARTY

Illegal
 
 

Imagining a landscape is easy

What is not

Is grappling with its spirit and pull.

In the Piazza del Signoria…
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SAVANNAH COOPER

Fragments
 
 

Under the deepest, darkest sky,

I drive home. Only the stars

tacked across its bruise-blue

surface keep it from falling,

collapsing around me like a sheet…
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NATALIE CRICK

Two Poems
 
 

The whisper

Wicks from her lips.

A soothing salve.

She bends, twists,

Feet touching the walls…
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JESSICA LEE

My mom found my condoms
 
 

I’m eight hundred miles away

and my family is painting over the red

walls of teenage bedroom/boudoir,

boxing up

the contents of my flower-knobbed…
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D.S. MAOLALAI

A bowl of oranges
 
 

with you away

I sleep a lot

and not often alone.

my bedroom is a bowl of oranges…
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KRISTIAN O’HARE

Two Poems
 
 

Even the creeping myrtle

doesn’t stand a chance against

the lily-of-the-valley

as it storms the lawn, a cluster

of dark-green lanceolate leaves…
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MILLA VAN DER HAVE

Snowdrift
 
 

It’s dark when she wakes

darker than she has gone before.

It’s not a blanket or a cage

but rather the stark dissent

of all that’s missing…
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RACHEL WALKER

My Sister Posing in Front of the Arno
 
 

If it weren’t for the scrunchie

around your wrist and the teal

water bottle in the picture,

you could be Botticelli’s

Venus. Tawny hair swept…
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POETRY ISSUE #32

Chthonic

By Jonathan Louis Duckworth
 
 

How soothing to picture

my grandfather planted like a seed

in the crust

of the other continent

we call the older one…
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POETRY ISSUE #31

Defense of Dysfunction

By Crystal J. Zanders
 
 

My brother and I used to fight over the remote.

We would spend hours after school

before Mama got home, arms locked in battle.

If you let go, you lost…
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POETRY ISSUE #30

Find the Foci

By Rebecca Durham
 
 

An unclasped lapse

as ascent slips into our axis, to wonder what if

the fourth breath was the fifth?

A sharp breach of shadow…
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POETRY ISSUE #29

Some New Ways of Making Love

By Tyler Friend
 
 

You, holding a corpse pose.

Me, carefully eating a peach,

but cracking a tooth on the pit

anyway. You, riding a bicycle…
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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POETRY ISSUE #21

“Is Anxiety a Defense or a Philosophy?”

By Ace Boggess
 
 

Two anxious people walk into a bar.

No one notices, & everyone does.

Depends on whom you ask, I guess,

for that joke to make sense.

All I know is the fear of “Hello”—
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POETRY ISSUE #20

Office of the Dead

By Peter Vanderberg
 
 

The illumination for Office of the Dead

baffles scholars: Two corpses share a grave

while bones lie scattered

among gravedigger’s tools.

Two monks, in corpse-brown robes,

vigil the dead, reading scripture.
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POETRY ISSUE #19

CHILD PLAYING: ANNETTE IN FRONT OF THE RAIL-BACKED CHAIR, EDOUARD VUILLARD, 1897

By Lisa Beech Hartz
 
 

He scrawls the iron bedstead, silent

but for the hush hush now of the pencil,

so that the child forgets him….
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POETRY: ISSUE #18

Stitch

By Wendy Willis
 
 

I can barely keep up with the news,

noting the notations, annotating the annotations,

calling roll for the last reluctant mammals.

Even the Hammond B will be held

to account in the tally of usefulness.
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POETRY: ISSUE #17

1. Siddhartha

By Abhay K
 
 

I must have been cruel

to turn my face from my young wife

my newborn

longing for my lullabies.
 

I secretly fled at night

without goodbyes

riding my beloved horse the night through

who died exhausted at dawn.
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POETRY: ISSUE #16

Netsuke

By Luisa Igloria
 
 

How many worlds could fit into a leather pouch, strung

through cord and looped around the waist? Wood
 

or ivory, horn or bone–antlers and hooves,

miniature wings and fins, even the tiny pulleys
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