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Issue Two

~Previous Issue~ Summer 2019 PoetryAvery M. GuessDacia HollidayChip LivingstonJuan MoralesValerie Wetlaufer Visual PoetryJessy Randall FictionThirteen ~ Ryan BradfordAt Work ~ Steven DunnKiss Me ~ Kathryn KuitenbrouwerUp in Light ~ Daniel Takeshi KrauseBigger, 21st Century, & Yellow ~ Hillary Leftwich Non-Fiction On Seventeen in Appalachia ~ Rachel M. HansonErasure ~ Casandra LopezHaunted ~ Jennifer ManaliliPeregrination ~ […]

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Steven Dunn Interview

On Diverse Storytelling: Blown to BitsAn interview with Steven Dunn by Tanner Haughn Shortlisted for Granta magazine’s “Best of Young American Novelists,” Steven Dunn is the author of two novels from Tarpaulin Sky Press: water & power (2018) and Potted Meat (2016), which was co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and finalist for […]

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Jessy Randall

Jessy Randall’s previous books include the poetry collections Suicide Hotline Hold Music, Injecting Dreams into Cows, and A Day in Boyland (a finalist for the Colorado Book Award). Her poems, comics, and other things have appeared in Poetry, McSweeney’s, and Best American Experimental Writing. She is the Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College, where she teaches a class in The […]

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Diane Seuss Interview

Diane Seuss: Matriarchy of MemoryAn interview with Tara Labovich Diane Seuss is the author of three poetry collections. Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open is the winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and Four-Legged Girl was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Her most recent book, Still Life with Two Dead […]

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On Seventeen in Appalachia

On Seventeen in AppalachiaRachel M. Hanson I stepped out of the house at dusk, still able to see shrub oaks thinned out for winter, fame flower dead on the ground, dunn clay so wet the smell of it seemed settled in my skin. At my back, pastures spread far, darkened where dairy cows huddled for […]

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Haunted

HauntedJennifer Manalili The house that sits on 4344 Marcia Court in San Diego is a fake. A phantom house. I know this because I used to live there. I witnessed its metamorphosis. I watched it shed paint like a caterpillar, transforming from a tacky, yellow and brown checkerboard wallpaper, to an even more flamboyant too-bright-like-the-skin-of-Homer-Simpson-yellow. […]

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Kiss Me

Kiss MeKathryn Kuitenbrouwer “And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.” — Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass She’s standing there, waving, and saying, “Good-bye,” and all the while, she’s thinking, Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me, kiss me, and she can feel the tears streaming down her face, despite the fact […]

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Chip Livingston

Los Santos de la República There have been so many gods I’ve lovedMy sex is devoted and dedicated to ErosExcessive examinations religious and secular There are so many gods to loveInterpreting exaltations celestial, sexualA musing of muses as saints feast and famine The miracles witnessed as corporal mammonMy text is devotion, dedication to ErosThere are […]

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Up in Light

Up in LightDaniel Takeshi Krause We had to take a step, hold a pose, take a step, hold a pose, on and on like that to get anywhere.  It was like pouring glass.  Standing in someone’s home like a misplaced garden statue, watching the dust settle, it was hard not to think about who might’ve […]

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Jessy Randall Interview

Interesting Weird ThingsAn Interview with Jessy Randallby Callie Zucker Jessy Randall’s previous books include the poetry collections Suicide Hotline Hold Music, Injecting Dreams into Cows, and A Day in Boyland (a finalist for the Colorado Book Award). Her poems, comics, and other things have appeared in Poetry, McSweeney’s, and Best American Experimental Writing. She is the Curator of Special Collections at […]

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Dacia Holliday

When You Come Back as Queen of the Night teeth will dance in a velvet mouth, an old crow will cauterize peridot, father will drown in bird sung salt, mother will sing the blues of Forgive & Forget, all the sisters’ elastics will snap, i will break every bone in my ringing hands, exorcisms will […]

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Avery M. Guess

No Peace In December 1986, Carlos Paz Jr., an 18-year-old high school student, shot his mother, father, and 10-year-old sister to death in their Miami Lakes, FL, home. We were friends. Your last name means peace. * December and the streets are slick with rain that won’t stop.December and you try to buy a handgun. […]

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Erasure

ERASUREby Casandra Lopez SHIRAAAW’AXNE (I SPEAK ) It is evident that if allowed to roam at pleasure, their early extinction is inevitable, and I am slow to believe that the Government, recognizing as it does, their possessory right to all the soil inhabited by them, would deny them the small portion of the vast country […]

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Peregrination

Peregrination to the Antithetical Sound of a Bird Smashing Into a WindowChris Moore You’ve got to learn to leave the tableWhen love’s no longer being servedTo show everybody that you’re ableTo leave without saying a word-Nina Simone A man working on a construction site right outside of my apartment window just had his hand crushed […]

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Valerie Wetlaufer

I had to block out the light             Cover the windows      hide reflections light bouncing off snow                 blue all over             a bit of pale pink          inside feeling of flesh and so cold      return to the womb room and rest             eyelids no match for this brightness but close my eyes and imagine the […]

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Hillary Leftwich

Bigger The peaches and apples in the grocery store today are huge. I put a quarter up to give a reference of size but it became lost in the galaxy that is Huge Fruit. I asked a few other shoppers if they were alarmed at how big the fruit is today but they just stared […]

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Juan Morales

HOW THE CORPSES SPEAK ABOUT THE APOCALYPSE In the foreground, we happened before,off-camera, and after newscasters ran out of air.We are the nightmare props,the jump scares that remind survivors not everyone succeeds.We’re still buckled up and desiccated traffic jams fleeing to nowhere,embraced in kissing suicide pacts found in the reek of a housegripping bottles of […]

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Juan Morales Interview

On Zombies, Loss … and Home Improvement:An Interview with Juan Moraleswith Laura Santi Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father. He is the author of three poetry collections, including Friday and the Year That Followed, The Siren World, and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (UNM Press). His […]

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At Work

At WorkSteven Dunn Sarah said my sister’s name, Sha’Queesha, was a made-up name. As if the name Sarah floated from the sky with a snowflake and her mom caught it on her tongue and it dripped pure onto the crown of Sarah’s then unnamed baby head. Hunter hung his Seasons Greetings sign on the cubicle […]

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Divya Victor's CURB

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