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Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum: Heaven-Fire

The boy is not my blood
Though “Son” is the only name I have for “He-
Who-Will-Dance-To-Just-About-Anything,”

December 15, 2022 · 7 Comments

Erma Bombeck: Housework Can Kill You If Done Right

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

November 19, 2022 · 4 Comments

Carol Frost: Scorn

How had they not been wounded? And wounded they’d convalesced in the same rooms
and bed.

October 17, 2022 · 3 Comments

Wayne Karlin: Because You Are Not Here

Because you are not here
you are always here

October 11, 2022 · 10 Comments

Jennifer Harman: When parents turn children into weapons, everybody loses

Domestic abuse can involve one parent using a child as a weapon against the other parent, which harms the child in immense ways. My research has identified how these dynamics play out and examines the damage.

September 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Portrait of Unknown Couple

He sketched in charcoal
the arch of a shoulder
the movement of a hand
the woman’s head
turned and tilted slightly
toward the man

September 24, 2022 · 10 Comments

Bill Blum: Welcome to the New Era of Rightwing Judicial Supremacy

The U.S. Supreme Court has entered a legal fantasy world: advancing a regressive political agenda free from democratic accountability.

August 3, 2022 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Mary Jo and Aline

Mornings they loved best
sitting over long breakfast
light slanting over them

June 18, 2022 · 14 Comments

Bhikshuni Sama: Without Argument

When I was young, my mother told me that I would find true happiness only in marriage.

June 17, 2022 · 4 Comments

Edison Jennings: Homebound

it wasn’t death that did them part
(that came later), but the lifeguard 
at the public pool who parted them
quite easily

May 5, 2022 · 3 Comments

Megan Merchant / Luke Johnson: Origin Story (An Epistolary Dialogue)

From our window, grosbeaks
and buntings tangle into flight. The hours count
earlier now, because of the way they are lit.

April 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Alison Luterman: A Woman Speaks of Marriages

I’ve known marriages like Niagaras, that splashed and thundered,
whose couples careened down them bravely, wearing only barrels.

March 23, 2022 · 5 Comments

Dawn Potter: Now that I’m old

now that I don’t have sex every night or carry two fat boys,
one on each hip, up small mountains,
I have to go to exercise class

March 7, 2022 · 4 Comments

Danielle DeTiberus: In the Middle of Fucking You, I Pause

Twenty years together and yet
You were new to me again.

February 14, 2022 · 2 Comments

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