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Charles Davidson: Foster’s Pie Pan

He was a kind and gentle old fellow with a smudged face and scruffy beard. On his best days he appeared as tarnished and weather-beaten as his tin pie pan still does even now.

November 24, 2022 · 8 Comments

Barbara Hamby: The Tawdry Masks of Women

and when I see myself
in bus windows or store glass, the shock never wears off,
for I recognize myself and see a stranger at the same time

October 10, 2022 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: Trigger Warning | Old White Guy Talks About Racism

White people don’t spend a lot of time talking about racism. Right-wingers dismiss racism as a talking point that black people use to get special treatment while left-leaning white people simply state that racism is an evil tendency among other white people, but not themselves.

May 21, 2022 · 10 Comments

Richard Hoffman: Summer Job

“The trouble with intellectuals,” Manny, my boss,
once told me, “is that they don’t know nothing
till they can explain it to themselves.

February 17, 2022 · 4 Comments

Barbara E. Young: Cousin Jill

I like a woman who can fall
Jack said to Jill.

September 29, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: J.D. Vance| America’s Forgotten Working Class

J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence.

August 7, 2021 · 5 Comments

Mel Packer: Angie’s Place

Where back in the corner, there’s always some guy in a Pirates ballcap with skin like an old leather shoe who’s nursing the cheapest beer on tap….

June 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Sydney Lea: Sunday Morning

…his left ring finger was hewn at the knuckle quite some years ago.  If I think hard enough, I can remember when he was secretive about that injury. He kept the disfigured hand in his pocket or behind his back as much as he could.

June 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Faiz Shakir: Democrats Must Commit Themselves to the Needs of Non-College Educated Workers

Workers without college degrees have suffered most from recent decades of neoliberal fetishization with globalization, unregulated open markets, and corporate-friendly free trade.

November 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Adrian Blevins: Appalachians Run Amok

I’m impatient like you to get to the bottom of the problem
of what to call the vacant feeling of our long-ago deportation
from the goats & their creamy milk & the meadows & pastures
they would frolic in each Sunday when my father would
metaphorically herd them…

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Oh Darlin’

The intimacy
Of strangers is luminous, the way
We wish well for the man who lost
His car keys, the woman coming in
Out of the rain, the girl who missed
Her bus, the boy who stutters.

August 8, 2020 · 14 Comments

Jason Baldinger: time is dead

time died three weeks ago it went quietly no friends or family by the bedside no obituary no news no soundbyte   I heard a reputable source say it had … Continue reading

July 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Connie Post: Iron Will

I still see her, standing there
fastening a floral apron
tripping on the cord of her own life

March 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jason Baldinger: Résumé

apparently just to live
just to experience life
is not an acceptable trade

January 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

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