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I will quit my novel and leave Western Massachusetts at the end of October After Chen Chen For sometimes the breadth of a project holds us and other times holds us back. For sometimes you must drive 1800 miles across the midwest and pass through the city of your ex and his new family to […]

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The Take: Samn Stockwell

On Radiation She ended her story: my father placed a bomb in our truck and this made me feel bad. The bomb didn’t go off, she forgave him, as no one encouraged her to do, I hope, and now she stutters – the self keeps interrupting, searching for more bombs. She’s a radiologist, she has […]

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The Take: Margot Wizansky

Ode to Cidering  From trees unpicked, un-lovely, un-named fruitfallen in October’s bluster, not Winesap,not Northern Spy, but yellow-skinned, blemish more than flesh. Flung on the tarp.Everything sticky. Gathered into buckets,even the wasps. Fruit, worms and all, decanted into the wooden press that takesthe strength of two to work—you smashthe tubful with a wooden club. I […]

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The Take: Robin Gow

Mayapple We step into the forest even though we know it is going to storm. Crunch of trail gravel beneath our shoes. In my life there are so few people who make me feel real. Not real like tangible but real like always and infinite. You tell me about all the plants of the forest. […]

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The Take: Susannah Sheffer

Again It was amazing and amazing and again amazingthat it was morning again, the lovers turning overin their beds and finding each otheragain here again you again still goodmorning and even when they let themselves slipinto the ordinary shaking thecoffee grounds into the compost packingthe lunch finding the right shoes heading outinto the outside day […]

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The Take: Cecil Morris

When My Father Voice Failed Us All I sat the night shift with my daughterin the hospital as she made the journeyfrom her body to her new home.Thirty-nine years too brief a tenancy.I listened to her breath come and go,an old woman sweeping a stone floor,an insistent whisper and I whispered, too,like, I hope, a […]

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The Take: Marilyn McCabe

Discard Last night I dreamt of messy tabletops which is what I woke to this morning: papers pile on every surface, statements, tax forms, receipts overflow a box in the corner near the tangle of computer wire, and Christmas cards I should have answered and an old bill for four bucks I’ve long ignored. Where […]

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The Take: Ana Maria Caballero

Bedtime Routine Our son scans a subtly inappropriate comic. I leaf through my copy of pre-divorce Sharon Olds for the millionth time. With one hand, my husband reads about hairdos to our daughter and, with the other, reaches inside my legs. A few hours earlier, he announced he had to traverse a landmass to go […]

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The Take: Cassandra Whitaker

Wolf Who Is Not A Wolf Plays Board Games and does not kill the other does gathered about the wide lightning forked trunk laid down by father air. The wolf looted the games from town, rooting through throwaways, thrifting from the free pile at the library bins, so the games are fair careworn and mixed […]

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The Take: Michelle Matz

Patient Health Questionnaire – 9 1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things? Have you ever been caught in a sudden rainstorm where you’ve had to run from doorway to doorway to get home and you walk in the house with your shoulders soaked, feeling something close to joy? Am I supposed to answer these […]

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The Take: Ion Corcos

Still Life with a Lemon You wear a striped shirt,stare into the camera, lips straight,gaze hard. The room dark,filled with paintings.A cigarette hangs from your hand.You see a horse in a palm tree,a green parrot in a salad.Fire in a tulip.You soak a brush in turpentine,swirl it until red paint comes off. You don’t lie […]

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The Take: Elizabeth Crowell

Button Box On my mother’s round-rim wooden button box,is a painted scene – tan fields, a red barn,three faded, black-eared sheep bowingin a chipped green pasture. Dutch? I wonder. Inside, there are flat, four-eyed, two-eyed, back-eyed,black, blue, square, satin, toggle buttons,some in brass, silver, glass, some with the threadfrayed and hanging like an afterthought. Begot […]

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The Take: Clint Bowman

William This Friday afternoonaround 5:30,the postal clerkwill pick up his sonfrom baseball practiceand stop by the ABC storeon the way home. As his son waitsin the backseatof his Honda Civic,a homeless manwith a scraggly beard,and long hair beneathan unzipped sleeping bag,will walk towards himfrom the bus stop. As he approaches,with a brown bagclinched in his […]

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The Take: Yasmina Martin

To Mr. Paul Goodman, concerning his review of my novel Another Country, which he called mediocre: I’m writing here, slight negro-and don’t get any ideas about this- accent intact, a few words in response to your recent critique of my lack of world-building. Look, Paul. You said it yourself. There are two things I am […]

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The Take: Sarah Marquez

The Hatchling                  by Sarah Marquez At my feet. Blocking the way in and out. Blind-head twisted back. Skin-wings outstretched in a mockery of flight. Dead. I step over. I wonder why this doorstep, why today, and who pushed it from the nest, or if it sensed death […]

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The Take: Bill Glose

Road Trip to Duke                  by Bill Glose Not once on the long trip down do we mention our motive, the manila-enveloped passenger in back, the magnetically-resonanced images and sheaf of medical assessments. We play games instead, racing through alphabets, cataloguing state slogans, slug-bugging a shoulder now and then. A Virginia sign proclaims This county invented […]

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The Take: Carol Tyx

Editor’s Statement: Tyx deftly opens the poem in media res and builds a scene in few words.  Not only do the details of the rain, plastic fork, and spicy eggplant snare the senses, the poem is filled with echoes of hard c throughout:  car/congealed/cold curry/confluence/coconut.  Ultimately, the brevity of language creates emotional expansion as we […]

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The Take: Zachary Kluckman

Author’s Statement: “Effigy” is partially inspired by the annual burning of Zozobra, a 50-foot effigy representing all that is negative. My mother passed recently, and the concept of this larger-than-life woman’s absence towers over me similarly. “Effigy” explores the enormity of her cremation, as well as the magnitude – and spectacle – of loss and […]

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The Take: Hollie Dugas

Editor’s Statement: Dugas leads us into a dreamscape where the world of plague and bad news is supplanted by color, art and café comforts. Yes, please! This poem is medicine for the isolated desperation settling in, and the declaration, “I want nothing but to finish loving you…get my reds all over you” had me rattling […]

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The Take: Bryanna Licciardi

Ever wonder how journal editors make decisions about work to feature? The Take gives you a glimpse behind the scenes at Mud Season Review. Here, we feature one single poem or flash fiction piece that caught the attention of the editorial team, apart from the signature poetry portfolio or fiction piece in our bi-monthly issues. […]

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The Take: Liz Marlow

Ever wonder how journal editors make decisions about work to feature? The Take gives you a glimpse behind the scenes at Mud Season Review. Here, we feature one single poem or flash fiction piece that caught the attention of the editorial team, apart from the signature poetry portfolio or fiction piece in our bi-monthly issues. […]

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The Take: Jennifer Brown

Ever wonder how journal editors make decisions about work to feature? The Take gives you a glimpse behind the scenes at Mud Season Review. Here, we feature one single poem or flash fiction piece that caught the attention of the editorial team, apart from the signature poetry portfolio or fiction piece in our bi-monthly issues. […]

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The Take: Abbie Kiefer

Ever wonder how journal editors make decisions about work to feature? The Take gives you a glimpse behind the scenes at Mud Season Review. Here, we feature one single poem or flash fiction piece that caught the attention of the editorial team, apart from the signature poetry portfolio or fiction piece in our bi-monthly issues. […]

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The Take: Vincent Corsaro

Ever wonder how journal editors make decisions about work to feature? The Take gives you a glimpse behind the scenes at Mud Season Review. Here, we feature one single poem or flash fiction piece that caught the attention of the editorial team, apart from the signature poetry portfolio or fiction piece in our bi-monthly issues. […]

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The Take: Sean Griffin

Ever wonder how journal editors make decisions about work to feature? The Take gives you a glimpse behind the scenes at Mud Season Review. Here, we feature one single poem or flash fiction piece that caught the attention of the editorial team, apart from the signature poetry portfolio or fiction piece in our bi-monthly issues. […]