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Molly Fisk: Phil, Who Loved the Giants

The bra I took off at 4:45 through the sleeve of my dress
and put down somewhere I find on my grandmother’s hutch
in the kitchen, incongruous, surrounded by jars of jam

June 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Head Over Heels

At the doctor’s office in Charlottesville, Virginia
to investigate the possible reasons
for my ten-month-old son’s large head,
the doctor measures my own
and informs me that my head size
is off the curve, off the charts

May 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: You and I

the whole country snarled into such a hot mess
you wouldn’t recognize democracy if she
removed her skirts and danced on your lap for free,
pretending to like you.

May 10, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: The Box

You’ve heard the phrase “Think outside the box”?

May 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Stephen Dobyns: The Miracle of Birth

As they joylessly wait for reassignment,
they dangle their feet into the blue abyss at the brink
of heaven like boys on a wall bumping their sneakers
on the bricks below.

April 25, 2021 · 3 Comments

Jose Padua: Directions in Music and Other Ways of Approaching the Day

what he wants to do
sounds better than
what I want to do
we sit in the car
and listen
until the song is over

April 22, 2021 · 6 Comments

Meg Pokrass & Jeff Friedman: Wig

The wig arrived in a pretty pink box. I’d ordered it online from a wig shop. Silky, blonde and long, it felt as if I were entertaining a movie star in my hallway. Grace Kelly in a box on my couch. So nice to meet you, I said, slipping it on.

April 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Rita Sims Quillen: Sugar-n-Spice, Etc.

Once we sneaked out of a slumber party
tiptoed onto an icy bridge
still in our babydoll pajamas and
froze our prissy asses off

April 12, 2021 · 1 Comment

John Clare: To John Clare

Well, honest John, how fare you now at home?

March 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Judith Sanders: The Rubber Woman

I have a thousand uses:
crash dummy, sex toy, punching bag, life raft.

March 6, 2021 · 3 Comments

Wesley Wildman: News from Trump Country

These are actual news items.

March 6, 2021 · 3 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: On Being a Late-Night Motion Detector Detector

Two tiny yellow eyes stared back at me from the shadows near the shed. This has happened with my dog and with my cats, but I had never experienced this with a rat.

March 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

James Joyce: Thus the Unfacts

Someday duly, oneday truly, twosday newly, till whensday.

March 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jeffrey Harrison: The Mount

the blue-jeaned ass of the one on top
moving up and down, pelvis cramming
noiselessly into the rump of the one
underneath, whose vacant eye
caught mine for an instant as I walked past

March 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

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