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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

Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Work

The father sanded the gunwales,the boy coiled the lines.
And I admired them there, each to his task
in the quiet of the long familiar.

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jason Baldinger: The Hymn at the End

this fucking game is rigged
give your soul, you will be asked for more
eat shit, you will be asked to eat more
repeat until you’re too old to care, then please die

December 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jason Baldinger: A Seventy-Four Dollar Shotgun

two men in camouflage
drunk loud talk, stare at shotguns

December 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Lauren Worth: How Local Communities Can Tackle the ‘Death Gap’

Working-class Americans die younger. Here’s what your town can do about it.

October 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Hands

Every man who works with his hands
Has seen that look. Maybe we showed up
To patch the roof, service the furnace,
Or unclog the sewer…

September 22, 2019 · 9 Comments

Jason Baldinger: Employee of the Month

What a beautiful dream after thirteen straight days of work!
Employee of the Month!
Efficient, clear headed task manager!
This is how it feels to be brilliant!
This is how it feels to be perfect!

August 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dudley Poston, Rogelio Sáenz: The US white majority will soon disappear forever

The white share of the U.S. population has been dropping, from a little under 90% in 1950 to 60% in 2018. It will likely drop below 50% in another 25 years.

June 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

Marc Jampole: The Left is Right to Support Increased Unionization

The pre-Kavanaugh Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCMEgave the rightwing a new victory in its long-term class war to destroy unions in the United States. In a 5-4 ruling, the … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · 3 Comments

Bart Plantenga: A Transsexual, a Chainsaw & a Soiled Toilet

I will always be a stranger who never feels at home Eugene O’Neill . Let me begin by saying that nothing is as it seems and, in this case that … Continue reading

July 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

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