stevie redwood is a disabled sino-jewish neuroemergent introvert genderpervert homotrash littledreamer bigmouth freak living & dying on Yelamu Ohlone land / San Francisco, CA. they like shittalk, porchsitting, leaflitter, & riffraff. find them trolling yimbys on twitter @trash_whisperer
abolish the dead
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Ariel Clark-Semyck (she/her) is a poet from Chicago. She is currently an MFA candidate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her poems have been published by Heavy Feather Review, Grimoire Magazine, Witch Craft Magazine, Yes Poetry, Occulum, and elsewhere.
isolation has been challenging but rewarding. during this time, i have taken the opportunity to assess &
restructure my past methods of suffering, all while developing new methods that might prove their
usefulness in the months ahead. i leak menstrual blood across the bathroom floor & let it harden. i
double over in pain, slide along the walls, ricochet from doorway to doorway, shout oof! oof! oof! alarm
the cat. i role-play waterlogged ophelia & take a bubble bath face-down in my finest nightgown. i shake
my hand with my other hand. i fast-forward through brokeback mountain to get to the kissing scenes, a
giddy tear tumbling down my cheek. i shine a flashlight all over my body & spend hours on web md. i
stare at the deer in the backyard, touch my fingers gently to my heart as if to ask who me? i practice
drifting out of consciousness with my hand resting on my forehead, palm up, like all the old paintings by
the greats. i practice dreaming of you. i practice dreaming of you dreaming of me stranded in the desert
with the tumbleweeds going in the background. i practice dreaming of you dreaming of me waving a
handkerchief & calling out to you yoohoo! in your dream, we are gliding across the green screen of a
spaghetti western on a beautiful dappled stallion, my arms around your waist, my pigtails whipping in the
wind, your ten-gallon hat flying off to reveal a full head of hair. i practice waking up in a cold sweat.
admittedly, there’s been a learning curve. sometimes my suffering can get sloppy. sometimes i speed
ahead of myself & i don’t even mean to. sometimes that sky swaps its purple for pink for blue for gray
for blue for gray for blue for pink for purple again & i move so slow i can barely stand it.
all yolks run together in this afternoon sun. the sky yawns as fur spikes up from the earth. a daffodil
opens like the palm of a hand, yielding its sex to ask apocalypse now or apocalypse not with each petal
pulled. white blood cells furrow my fox-brow as i watch the space cadets fake-kiss & drink coffee in
their brightly colored lofts. gray matter floods my pelvic floor & grows whiskers. if i bounce my thigh
against my thigh just so, someone’s square jaw will appear to argue with my alone-time. i vortex into the
pea hiding between the mattresses. i spew royal jelly & get glued to the springs. i told you not to leave
me out so long— any longer & you could cut through me like butter.
benedict nguyễn is a dancer, writer, and curator based on unceded Lenape and Wappinger lands (South Bronx, NY). Their writing has appeared in AAWW’s the Margins, Brooklyn Rail, Diacritics, and Pank, among others. In 2019, they created the multidisciplinary performance platform “soft bodies in hard places.” They publish a monthly-ish newsletter “first quarter moon slush” on substack and are sometimes online @xbennyboo.
after Jessica Alba, Awkwafina, The Bold Type, Ariana Grande,
Vanessa Hudgens, Daniel Dae Kim, Gwyneth Paltrow, & Jia Tolentino
It is up to me to represent myself I see me and I
deserve to see me I want to help me solve I want
to be an additive to life When I post I’m giving
voice to highlight #representation starts both
in front and behind the camera Paint over this
screen with lit up pixels of your heart Bleed
your aorta dry so story exists people feel less
alone so people stay #woke Its hard to make
a living That’s harsh reality of participating
in these systems gain a little more freedom Use
freedom to reject things you no longer need
But keep writing write what you know #ownvoices
An equal world is enabled coming together we can
A journey to 100 likes too 1000 dollars begins with
a single post a single # this is #art #resistance #ad
so my comments are being taken out of context
It’s a crazy time this is NOT plagiarism this is a
collage not a cop out this is my art this is my
labor this is curation this is me thank me it is
incredibly dangerous and selfish to take this
situation that lightly people are going to die
which is terrible but like inevitable stay inside
When u bleed over my screen with the lit
up pixels of ur wet heart paint ur aorta so
ur story exists don’t forget ur telling them
what hurts u what moves u they already know
ur blood type now they know ur behavioral
type so take this message and whisper it in
my ear sign it on someone’s palms write it
down and pass it on find ur friends online
if u rly must then log off forever unless
new friends need to find u online too then
log back on grow the movement between new
accounts deleted accts darting beneath the
algorithm that’s probably still smart enough
to catch u doesn’t care u hate surveillance
what else u do about it huh right something
they already approved or tell someone how
much u care and they scroll past anyway
another representation rubs their attn as
if they’re choosing anything tell them again
nom nom norm
Gorged on calories when hungry
for the nutrition of ur sweaty skin
ate so much i ruined my intestine’s
inner cells with the ravages of modernity’s
complex division of carbs, chew chew to stay
sane mmm doesn’t even taste sweet
so norm’ed i am to smol sucrose
poured over factory dough i come to
think it should all come like that
coated in extra spackles tickle my palate
flaky tension torn the psychodrama of my
at home cooking show featuring eating
have i ever watched myself watch someone
watching themself pull their eyelid back to
etch daggers on their lids wonder if they
knew they were making soft pore
porn conjuring the jagged wings of an angel
if pressed for cash do i pay the worker or
buy the eyeliner swoop past that pit of guilt
keep spectating the stretch and pull
of skinning pulling wrinkles tight and taut
brush pat beat rub and most importantly
blend into the surface, blur til its totalizing
illusion cuts me open i too could be that
a turn on the webcam, just a bite of dough, a dextrose
brush across my chin, swallow what agony is there
swipe swipe dab dab then bake til i glow full from within
just powder mist to finish off my mask waiting for
Gabrielle Grace Hogan is a poet from St. Louis, Missouri currently pursuing her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been published by or is forthcoming from The Academy of American Poets, Kissing Dynamite, Foglifter, DIAGRAM, Redivider, and others. She is the poetry editor of Bat City Review and co-editor of You Flower / You Feast, an online anthology of works inspired by Harry Styles. Her social media and projects can be found on her website,
Girls’ Night at the Saturnine Aquarium
down Red River & 7th
the Muppet drag show
spreads its legs
boys fill up on foreskins
before purple paint smears
i have never seen so many beautiful people
insistent on not being in love
with me there is a Miss Piggy
boys in dresses long as eulogies
poor-postured animals kissed
up against other animals the vice grip of a tongue
latched onto a breast i think about it
the goodness of breasts
drag queens resplendent
as Coke cans coax
my innerer schweinehund out
with cold sticks of butter
it asks if this is how you get
the girl no they tell it
the butter is a mere distraction
boredom brings genitals
slumped against genitals
i am thinking again
of the baby squirrel
orphaned to the sidewalk
her eyelids not yet formed
the drag queen removes
her gloves & we see
that her skin is not actually
purple outside Elysium
i crave to crave a cigarette
i cough & out flies a little bug
so cute i will be
Devin Kelly is a high school teacher living in New York City. He is the author of *In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen* (Civil Coping Mechanisms), and his work has been published in* Longreads, The Guardian, Lithub, Hobart, DIAGRAM*, and more.
A SUN SETTING THROUGH A WINDOW or SEVEN LAYERS OF PAINT
after Matthew Yeager
If you've said you were going to quit
but didn’t. If sometimes even the largest room
feels cramped. If you leave the ones you love
to be with the ones you don’t. If you’ve built
a house of fire. If you left the food in the microwave.
If you forgot to fall asleep. If you woke to find
a fly crawling the long crack between the wall
& ceiling. If last year’s clothes no longer fit.
If it’s not a question of size. If it’s always something
else. If you’ve spent an hour looking for what
was in your pocket. If you’ve collapsed out of
sheer annoyance with the self. If you’ve wanted
to scream but knew only the neighbors would
hear. If you do not know their names. If you’ve
cultivated a life of conscious avoidance. If you
sometimes forget your mother’s middle name.
If you do not always get the job done. If desire
is your best kept secret. If it’s just one more
cigarette out the window. If it’s just one more.
If your friends are getting married. If sometimes
you want to reject the invitation. If you think
about joy the way a child thinks about algebra.
If you’re just trying to figure it out. If it’s just
another day. If you’re fine. If you don’t know
what to order. If it’s another conversation. If you
begin with I’m sorry, I forgot. If your friends say
you worry too much. If you worry too much.
If there’s gum all over the sidewalk. If the sign
that reads caution, paint drying is five years old.
If it seems everyone is throwing their furniture
out in the rain. If you want to walk alone. If you
don’t want to walk alone. If you want to say something
about this life. If you don’t want to fight. If your pants
are stained. If all your plants are dying. If you have no
idea why. If you forgot to give them names. If there’s
another life beyond this life. If there’s even tomorrow.
If you hold your breath. If you’re holding it now.
TONIGHT I AM THINKING OF EMIL ZATOPEK
After the frost came, the cold stayed, & everything it touched
began to hold a wind, like even the walls had holes.
& on the subway this morning, two mice wrestling
slid skidding on the ice between the tracks --
it looked like one of them might’ve been the other’s
brother — & then the train came & they disappeared
beneath it. Sometimes, in weather like this, I wonder
what is going to become of us. It’s not the stuff
of party-talk & banter. I can’t begin a conversation
with the sound of my heart waking me up at night
& how I stayed up in bed waiting for it to burst
out of me. I get the feeling it happens to all of us
but I wouldn’t say it. I’d say Hell I Didn’t Sleep Well
Last Night & someone would nod, maybe, & say
Me Neither & then the rest of the night would carry on.
I think odd things when I’m alone. Tonight
I’m watching videos of Emil Zatopek, who, after winning
the gold in both the five and ten thousand, decided
to run his first marathon at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.
Ten miles in, he pulled beside the favorite, asked him
what he thought of the race so far, & the favorite,
thinking it would ruin Emil’s confidence, said
the pace was too slow. It wasn’t. But Emil pulled away
& the favorite collapsed to the ground & almost died.
The favorite didn’t know then that, when it was too cold
to run, Emil would draw the blinds of his apartment
that looked out on streets emptied by occupation
& fill his bathtub with water, soap, & dirty clothes, & run
in place over them for hours until everything was clean.
What we don’t know about us is what makes us.
Because everything is approaching the infinite
it is how we approach the infinite that changes our lives.
I am thinking of what to do with the unsaid,
of all the empty space caught between us
that could be filled with me telling you I Love You,
over & over again, each time for the first time.
This is the story, though, of my life, the story
I want to tell the next time I cannot sleep, how
it has nothing to do with you, this heavy beating
of my heart, but how I want you to know anyway,
how the pace is not too slow, but too fast,
& how maybe you feel like this also, just sometimes?
The weather outside, cold. Your mind running
for hours in the dark room of your body. Everything
about the world both too much & too little, all at once.
Danielle P. Williams is a poet, essayist and spoken-word artist from Columbia, South Carolina. She is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry at George Mason University. She strives to give voice to unrepresented cultures, making it a point to expand on the narratives and experiences of her Black and Chamorro cultures. Her poems were selected for the 2020 Literary Award in Poetry from Ninth Letter. Her work appears in Hobart, Barren Magazine, The Pinch, JMWW, and elsewhere. For more, visit https://www.daniellepwilliams.com
of blue bullies
crashing into one
over neighbors homes
like an anxious reaper.
My Nana is a perfect example
of how us Chamorro are not easily
broken. The waves come and go and
we are always thankful for what reminds
us of the land our ancestors willed. This summer,
I finally learned what it feels like to know you can’t get
lost somewhere with only three roads. I wonder if anyone else
in the world knows that after Yutu hit Saipan my family went three
months without power. The ocean is a mighty mighty body, pulsing in the
pit of our design. Reef and rubble in our lungs. Why is it that we love things that hurt us?
I wonder if anyone else in the world knows we were born from water. It can never truly erase us.
Alan Chazaro is the author of This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album (Black Lawrence Press, 2019) and Piñata Theory (Black Lawrence Press, 2020). He is a graduate of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley and a former Lawrence Ferlinghetti Fellow at the University of San Francisco. His chapbook, Notes from the Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge, is now available for order on Ghost City Press. He’s on Twitter and finally IG, too, @alan_chazaro.
In a Vernacular of Speculation
In 2021, a student told me: there’s incredible political violence while stepping
towards beauty. It sounded true. I wrote inside my notebook: what would happen
if authority was reversed? There’s a world beyond us that no amount of line breaks
can enjamb. I’ve tried. Maybe that’s hope. But this doesn’t answer anything.
In class, we asked how perspectives are disembodied & who receives evidence of
happiness? We used phrases like this hits close to home, which is both
terrifying & comforting, since it implies we’ve had a body to shelter
a home inside of even if that home is now being hit. I wonder: What is kindness
if not cyclical? What is poetry if not ceremony? These are topics we’ve circled
together. There are things I’ll never understand about certain hues of blue,
about loss. I don’t know if I’ve lost anything, really. Maybe this is a harmonized
prayer about the things we have left. Maybe the world is burning, or maybe
the world was already burnt. It’s a matter of perspective & speculation. Nothing
is really original these days. We sample and borrow forgotten oldies. President
Biden was sworn into office. Someone Tweeted how Vice President Harris locks
us up. Amanda Gorman joked she was a 60-year-old woman in a 16-year-old body
when she transformed in front of our nation on live television. I never said
I’m trapped, but isn’t that what this sounds like? Confinement could be good
or it could be bad. It depends on where you stop your doom-scrolling. It depends
on how far you’re willing to go. This isn’t a matter of politics or poetics. This is
a room filled with people, with the ceiling about to burst. Maybe that’s freeing,
or maybe it’s crushing. I want to write myself into gratitude. It feels distant but
my fingers are still moving. When I got my stimulus check, it arrived as a prepaid
plastic card with directions for activation outlined by Money Network®. It seemed
treacherous somehow, but wasn’t. My dad doesn’t care enough & wants to know
if I’m watching the Warriors game. Truth is, I am. What else can I hustle right now
besides Steph Curry’s wrists? Ball harder is what competitors
shout when a game is getting out of hand. I guess it depends on what game &
whose hands. I guess this about a shot clock & reading Ross Gay & being
present in this moment. In a few seconds, I’ll have to exit this poem & get
ready to Zoom. I’ll have to jump back into it like I’ve never left--
even when I’m already gone.
Deema K. Shehabi is the author of Thirteen Departures From the Moon and co-editor with Beau Beausoleil of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (PM Press), for which she received the Northern California Book Award's NCBR Recognition Award. She is also co-author of Diaspo/Renga with Marilyn Hacker and the winner of the Nazim Hikmet poetry competition in 2018.Deema’s work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies including Literary Imagination, the Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, Poetry London, and Crab Orchard, to name a few. Her work has been translated into French, Farsi, and Arabic, and she has been nominated for the Pushcart prize several times.
A Summer’s Tale with Fire Birds
Ghosts of hybrid hummingbirds, iridescent green, lurch forward in the charred
trees along the highway. We drive to the lake basin as thousands of acres burn:
redwood, white fir, ponderosa pine, giant sequoias, the rhythm of their fall apparent
only to firefighters & prison inmates making two dollars a day. No sign
of the large pebbles, mossy and slippery at the lake’s entrance.
We barely notice the water’s altered eyelids, shallow at the sky’s mouth.
This time, our entry into the cool current at high altitude leaves you with no air,
and our boys gawk at the spectacle of a breathless father. Bruised with sea eyes,
they know nothing of checkpoints nor functionaries with ruby-lined fingers at passport control
windows. They have a home beneath a live oak and Siberian elm, its windows are married to
arbutus marina, its fences are lined with honeysuckle vines. Our sadness,
a penultimate inertia, is more expectant than theirs. In the morning, you crave
a lupine grief, an easel kiss on the nose. In your dream, there are two of me,
one through the keyhole and one on your side of the door. Does she wear a nightgown
with anemones, too? I ask. We gleam open like the lake, our rib cages still intact.
Kayleb Rae Candrilli is the recipient of a Whiting Award and of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. They are the author of Water I Won't Touch (Copper Canyon, 2021), All the Gay Saints (Saturnalia 2020), and What Runs Over (YesYes Books, 2017).
What Runs Over won the 2016 Pamet River Prize and was a 2017 Lambda Literary finalist for Transgender Poetry and a finalist for the 2018 American Book Fest's best book award in LGBTQ nonfiction. All the Gay Saints was the winner of the 2018 Saturnalia Book Prize, selected by Natalie Diaz. They are published or forthcoming in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Academy of American Poets, TriQuarterly, Puerto del Sol, Bettering American Poetry, The Boston Review, and others.
*"POEM IN WHICH I CHALLENGE..." appears in Kayleb's 2021 collection Water I Won't Touch.
POEM IN WHICH I CHALLENGE MY FATHER
TO AN ARM-WRESTLING COMPETITION
AND FINALLY WIN
More than a decade has passed since I saw my father,
in the parking lot of a Wilkes-Barre strip mall. More than
a decade since he took my sibling to the Hawaiian Islands
and dosed them with oxy, meth, and heroin. In that order.
None of this should have surprised me. But, of course, it did.
When my sibling finally came home, they brought home blown
veins, a back full of scars, and a pillowcase filled with bruises.
My father once forced a crack pipe into my hands, right after
I was discharged from the hospital, and right after
my 18th birthday. I’m sure there’s something beautiful
to say, somewhere, tucked between the facts
of our lives and my old Pokémon collection.
My sibling is sober and vibrant and alive.
My sibling is way more fun than I’ve ever been.
Nothing should surprise me,
but it does, and that’s enough.
I have so few fond memories of my father,
but what I have, I hold.
He read me the entire Kamandi Comic series.
and I studied that Last Boy on Earth.
I learned how to survive an apocalypse
and how to be a boy.
It’s 2020 now, and both are proving useful.
When I was 7 years old,
my father and I play fought with inflatable
circus swords in the sunroom.
When it came down, I expected a knighting,
but instead, the plastic seam
sliced my cornea. I suppose most children
taste this same bittersweet
syrup when they think about their fathers:
sugar dressing up a lemon,
an eye patch over a rivulet, a pretend pirate
only until the wound heals.
When the stock market crashes, I am happy
to have nothing but Hot Fries and Orzo invested,
in the pantry. Sometimes it is easy to have so little,
or at least uncomplicated. My mother loved Hip-Hop
and my father beat her for it. If she and I drove around
alone, she’d turn up the radio and explain: It's like
the more money we come across the more problems we see.
My mother had our property logged of all its timber,
so I could move away and learn to write poetry.
My father spent all that maple money on marriage
counseling, but my mother wasn’t in attendance.
Sometimes I want to go back, just for a meal
of Steak-umms and frozen orange juice. But who
has the time to rewind. My parents are finally
divorced. I am writing poems. Those downed
trees I used to climb are sawdust.
A POEM ABOUT ONLY BASEBALL
Bubba, we were out there
on the diamond together,
and you were always shining
the brightest. I remember
you catching a pop fly just
to roll your body right
into a front flip. For you
it was about being the best,
and looking good while
you did it. God, we were
just children and the world
was ours and we couldn’t
be hurt even when we were
hurt or hurting. Every small
town has a story about a
talented and beautiful boy
who is smoldering. I was
the only girl on the little
league team, and though
I am no longer a girl,
you were always so fiercely
soft with me. When I lost
my teeth at second base,
you searched the rocky
infield dirt and told me
not to worry about the money
it would cost to put me
back together. I think
about your daughters often,
and I want to pass down some
of the gentleness you gave me.
I keep it all in my wallet, still,
tucked between receipts and
the coordinates of our town--
our town that takes all the good
ones, and never looks back.
Julianne Neely received her MFA degree from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she received the Truman Capote Fellowship, the 2017 John Logan Poetry Prize, and a Schupes Fellowship for Poetry. She is currently a Poetics PhD candidate and an English Department Fellow at the University at Buffalo. Her writing has been published in Hyperallergic, VIDA, The Poetry Project, The Rumpus, The Iowa Review and more.
A man asks me if I have ever seen
Picasso’s Woman Ironing. Yes
and no, it depends on what you mean,
man. I have seen my mother ironing
my father’s shirt while he watches TV,
no willingness to smile, an unruliness
that kicks you in the teeth. Yes, I have seen
a friend, a woman’s face through hot
steam. I have seen myself growing
inside of tree, a root, that’s it. I
count them, the women who I have met
with polymer fiber materials in their chest.
Man, yes, I have seen the painting and no,
I have not and did you know, man,
that modern doctors suspect Picasso
was a sufferer of a disease called Meniere’s
and that is where ideas for his paintings
came from and leave it to a man to make
a billion dollars off of it. I am a woman
and yes, I am bitter while I lose my hearing
and the room spins, and I tell the neurologist
my vision looks like a Picasso painting
and he nods because Picasso paintings are so
damn famous and mercy never arrives
on time to save such grief and I wish
I could see straight but moreso I wish I
could tell the doctor my vision looks like
a Kusama or a Bourgeois or an O’Keefe
but no, it looks like a fucking Picasso
and so back to you, man, yes, I have seen
women ironing and no I have not, but I have
seen women give an hour for every minute
and I am a woman and I have watched
as we have overdrawn a revolution
and I have looked in the mirror as if I am not
supposed to be there so no, man I have
never seen the woman ironing and I never
will run alone at night and never forget
the sound of men laughing and yes, man,
I did see the woman ironing my tongue
smooth so I could not scream, and it is
the little things I hate about his pictures
so small I have nowhere else to store them
but my eyes and to hell with men who make art
I really mean this go ahead and inhale
my saccharine scent and yes, man,
of course I have seen the woman ironing
of course I have not seen it
and if Picasso were here with us, man,
in this room I would see nothing
but he would see me ironing.
How Do You Take Your Coffee, Mr. Armstrong?
Twelve men have pressed airy boots on top the pubescent surface of the
moon. Forty-six years and twelve men have pressed airy boots on
top the pubescent surface of the moon. O irony! O opportunity to construct
metaphor of man’s hulk yet ethereal foot traipsing upon the budding face of a womanly moon!
Though, one must keep in mind, they say there
lives a man in the moon. Who they are I do not know nor
care to hear what else they have to say. If Earth’s natural satellite
were a man, then surely I would have seen him opening up
[jars for lesbian households and wearing] cologne trilling brotherhood. I
would have seen the moon breaking things with his mouth. Yet, it is suspect
only coming out at night, glaring center attention of
a vast sky. Maybe I am seeing it—the man in moon
pulling on a cigarette, floating down to a woman walking in the park,
twisting his lips with a har har. O Moon Contrite, look
at your hands, I wouldn’t eat off them! Perhaps no women have
been to the moon because it does not need cleaning yet or because
the moon does not want to deal with a bitch on her
period or because strawberry daiquiris are not served on the moon
or because the moon prefers a man’s firm handshake or maybe the moon
just doesn’t want to get married or because [women know nothing about]
sports and everyone knows the moon loves a good game of football. One small
step for earth, one giant leap for mankind. I wonder what they found on that whaling
leap for I wouldn’t know I am still drowning in the deep end of
the shallow puddle they jumped. Scientists say more is known about the moon
than the deepest parts of ocean. I find this hard to believe. Us
women have been bustling across floors of unlit seabed for years bearing pressure
on chest until developing gills to breathe and have found
something prolific in sinking over flight.
Terri Linn David-
For the Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits
Darius Simpson- 2 Poems
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach-
When my son says...
Kaleigh O'Keefe- Autobiography of Joan of Arc
Timi Sanni- In This World of Mysteries...
Anna Attie- We Lose Her Over Facetime
Ruth Baumann- 2 Poems
Rob Colgate- Remember These Tulips
Tasneem Maher- Pilgrimage
Aerik Francis- Bebop
Emily Blair- The best ham...
Adrienne Novy- 2 Poems
Daniel Garcia- 2 Poems
Brendan Joyce- moving day
Sanna Wani- 2 Poems
Raphael Jenkins- 2 Poems
Ava Gripp- Your Grandfather Had Secrets
stevie redwood- abolish the dead
benedict nguyen- 2 Poems
Gabrielle Grace Hogan-
Girls Night at the Saturnine Aquarium
Devin Kelly- 2 Poems
Danielle P. Williams-
Alan Chazaro- In a Vernacular of Speculation
Deema K. Shehabi-
A Summer's Tale with Fire Birds
Kayleb Rae Candrilli-
Julianne Neely- 2 Poems
Jake Bailey- 2 Poems
Fargo Tbakhi- 2 Poems
Justin Phillip Reed-
Naomi Shihab Nye-
Keith Leonard- Jukebox
CAConrad- 3 Poems
Roya Marsh- for (insert name)
Stephanie Kaylor- LONG DISTANCE
Tongo Eisen Martin-
A Sketch about Genocide
Despy Boutris- BLOODTEETH
JinJin Xu- Days of Hourless Mothers
Ashley M. Jones- Flour, Milk & Salt
Sam Herschel Wein- How To Cook Your Family
Marianne Chan- 2 poems
Jason Crawford- PReP
Geramee Hensley- Redundancy Limit
Dustin Pearson- My Brother Outside the House in Hell
DT McCrea- On occasion of my own death
Noor Hindi- Unkept
Linda Dove- Mid-Life with Teeth
Stephen Furlong- I Don't Know About You, but Mostly I Just Want to be Held
Dorothy Chan- Because You Fall Too Fast Too Hard
Kevin Latimer- MIRAGE
Taylor Byas- Rooftop Monologue
Matt Mitchell- FINE LINE TRIPTYCH
Todd Dillard- Will
Heidi Seaborn- Under The Bed
Heather Myers- A Rainbow, Just For A Minute
Donna Vorreyer- In The Encyclopedia of Human Gestures
Conor Bracken- THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO TO A MAN
Ben Purkert- 2 Poems
Emma Bolden- What Women's Work Is
Chelsea Dingman- Lockdown Drill
Raych Jackson- Pantoum for Derrion Albert from the Plank
Elliot Ping- in the eighth grade
ii. dance moves
D.A. Powell- Sneak