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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

Jessica Temple: A Study of Conjugation in Medias Res

And suddenly I wonder exactly how many times this had to happen
for both of us to be exactly here, exactly now.

February 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jefferson Carter: Life Partner

For convenience, I & my life partner
(the woman formerly known as my wife)
have numbered our arguments. 

January 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: The Spiritual Exercises

What risks of the heart are worth taking? This is a story of love prevailing against all odds.

December 25, 2021 · 5 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: Album

Here are my two sons in 1968
In their father’s arms.
He looks harmless.
They look doubtful and uneasy.

December 15, 2021 · 3 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: There Will Be Times

How your arrival is now nothing to her?
And your leaving is nothing to her?

December 9, 2021 · 10 Comments

Lisa Zimmerman: Testament

I believe the truth needs no defense.
I believe that feelings might not be facts
but they matter all the same

December 8, 2021 · 5 Comments

Peter Makuck: Triggers

That look on his face.  After all these years, I’d love to punch him again.

October 9, 2021 · 1 Comment

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