Category: 18.2

  • A Sensitive Boy

    by Hudson Cooke

  • This Is Not For You

    by Hudson Cooke


    by Fred Muratori Forced awakenings at noon and never enough espresso. Throughplow-and-pickax autumn we scratch phases of the moon onfrosted panes, make friends with last week’s cafeteria foe, tradepocket-furred sweets for metaphors and gesso. Some of us burnout within days, others thrive despite indifferent critiques,theorizing in pajamas while our fellowships run out and Wall Streetprospers. […]

  • i’ll build a dresser in my chest

    by Paula Ethans i’ll build a dresser in my chestbend back each rib boneshove all the syllablesinto the cavernous drawerscage the question markswith a death wishgrow heavywith audacious thoughts so i’ll compensatescrape myself hollowwith a grapefruit spoonits tiny serrated lipgood for excavating my edgesall but evaporatehear myself echofrom my yiayia’s bosoma lack of body experience […]

  • This Is Not a Eulogy

    by Liz Clift Sometimes I hear your laughter in those moments betweenwaking and sleep, when the binds that tie what is and could beare like putty stretched thin, rainbowing and breaking. Of coursethat’s how we all are, moving through space, sometimes stretchingtoo thin, sometimes breaking, twisting together to make some newwhole when we think we’ve […]

  • Daughter of an Atlanta Stripper

    by Katie Marya My mom on that stage rehearsingto Madonna’s Material Girl—she wears champagne pink tights, her legs ethereal and the light hitsher chest so gold dust surroundsher face. A mirror unfolds behind her, making it hard to choose which sideof her to admire. Three women followher 8-counts while I eat chicken nuggets. They move […]

  • Miniskirt Season

    by Jessica Tyson First spring sun             lilts                          through—a summons,             a siren song.                           Releasethe craving ankles & let calves             streak free                                       from seersucker.Get out in the street. Let the red             mouth of May                                       open heel backs,                          edge upward to legs             (any higher & you’ll             highlight the thigh). Oh, the thighs—             thighs a sign:                          not an entrance,                          no admittance,thighs a road map,             a river,                          a rectory, orchardwhose blooms touch the sky              & […]

  • Appetizer Augury

    by Jessica Tyson Tonight, I clear a plate of calamari fritti             from table 53 where alonethere remains a tiny fried cephalopod:             upright, intact, ready to skitterinto a vanishing marinara pool. “Can you put him             back?” they ask & the tentacled sea witchwithin laughs, poor, unfortunate souls—we know             that chance was battered and bubbled away in oil,an odd mercy denied […]

  • Learning Welsh

    by Bethan Tyler Rain I know, and the creep of fogover hills. Each morning I watch itadvance, curly-haired and confident,eating up the land, eating shale andthick grass. The flocks turn, thengo about their business. Here there were five tribes that we canremember: Silures, Ordovices, Deceangli,Gangani, Demetae. I was born withthe throat for their real names. […]

  • The Unblessed Cries to God for the First Time in a Decade

    by Teo Mungaray after Olena Kalytiak Davis Oh God make me “clean” again, Seen,I said, I am dirty or flirty or thriving, Surviving, God. I am broken. Broke.Spent. I have spent my time and money and orgasms on the easy things. Sleazy things.I am malfeasance embodied, bodied by evil things, God. I see the dark […]