Panning

Jake Zawlacki currently writes and lives in the California Bay Area. He has been published in The Citron Review, Riggwelter, Eunoia Review, Gravel, Litro and many others. Panning “Godammit.” “What?” “My damn hearing aid fell out.” The two had been panning for gold. Manzanita and red shank covered the shale mountain. The stream struggled through the […]

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Does the galaxy have stretch marks?

Kailah Peters is an emerging African American writer who studies creative writing at DePaul University. She writes with Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand around Chicago. Her work was debuted in Rigorous Magazine. Does the galaxy have stretch marks? Alexis is mad because her […]

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Frost

Frost Whenever I see early morning frost I think of you, Mother, how each day, when you drove me to school through the canyon you’d point out how the meadows glimmered as if it were the first time.

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On The Futility of Talking About One’s Grandchildren

Victor Altshul, a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Medical School, has been practicing psychiatry in New Haven for over fifty years. an English major in college, he rediscovered poetry five years ago while attending a psychoanalytic conference on Elizabeth Bishop’s magnificent villanelle, “One Art”. He has published three books of poems: “Stumblings” (CreateSpace, 2013), […]

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geometries of spring

Nora Culik is a Michigan native who loves strange poetry, mathematics, and bad puns. Her fiction has previously appeared in The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. geometries of spring  the first warm day of spring. the quilt my aunt made me clings to the ground as the breeze tries to make it fly. even the sidewalk seems […]

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Raise Them Up

A. LaFaye is an associate professor of creative writing at Greenville University who wrote the novel-in-verse Pretty Omens and has published poems in El Portal, TipsyLit, and FORTH Magazine. She’s also published over a dozen works of fiction, including the novel Worth and the short story The Weekend previously published on Visitant. Raise Them Up […]

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Journal Entries from Jixian

Cameron Morse was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2014. With a 14.6 month life expectancy, he entered the Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri—Kansas City and, in 2018, graduated with an M.F.A. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, including New Letters, Bridge Eight, Portland Review and South Dakota Review. His first poetry collection, Fall Risk, […]

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Potting Up the Peppermint

Potting Up the Peppermint One drop of motor oil rainbows on a puddle. Limitless mileage of mycelial felt tugs at roots. Platters of map lichen spread across the patient boulder. Metastasis. Proliferation screws up to war. Epidemics. You’ve witnessed ignorance stretch boundaries of hate. When you yearn for peace, cut sprigs from the tub that […]

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The First Year of Marriage

Jennifer Lothrigelis a poet and artist residing in the San Francisco Bay area. She has just published her first chapbook through Liquid Light Press, titled ‘Pneuma’. Her work has also been published in Arcturus, Deracine, Rag Queen Periodical, Poetry Quarterly, NILVX and elsewhere. The First Year of Marriage We signed a contract, and mailed it […]

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