J’LYN CHAPMAN

SENTIMENTAL GIFTS After the miscarriage, I harbored the thought that the supplements my friend sold me might have poisoned the baby. I did not heed the note that directed expecting mothers to consult a physician. I had only just discovered I was pregnant and so was not at all thinking …

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MARYAM PARHIZKAR

Excerpts from COUNTERPOINTS AND INVENTIONS     Counterpoint: ‘A BETTER SMILE IS A BETTER LIFE’   In my trajectory the break of a heart: in my implosion forgetting my memory. An abrupt ask: how did it feel to fall that way, cracking at that part of you. My answer in the …

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CHRISTOPHER S. BELL

Once Wild I barely made it home from work.  It cleared up right after.  Driving, it still felt like I was at my desk, scrolling past numbers, waiting for any change in the white oblivion.  Rena cleaned out the fridge today.  There was a note on it all week threatening …

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HANNAH KEZEMA

 NEW CANAAN, CT Pull out the bottom drawer. The space inside this wall is cavernous. Pulling invites a push. I lay my body across the wood, within the rectangle, just as my mother has done, just like my aunt and uncle did. The breath returns to me in hot, short pants. The body …

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Sara Veglahn

excerpts from BURN THESE are dangerous days.   There are fires in the streets. Everything is burning. No water. No rescue. I can’t see to see. Smoke plumes, beautiful in the morning light, all the land of the landscape misshapen, I give up my breath, I give up my sight, …

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j/j hastain

Underweight, Androgynous and Magical I gamble that Andy did not know that after being bitten by a “hard tick” the result would be a body plagued with Borrelia (Lyme disease). Having been vegan for quite some time and someone for whom eating an egg was a stretch (when the acupuncturist suggested that …

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Tiara Roxanne

Architecture is emotional. There are wounds in buildings. In heavy light. The evocative resides here. In the building. That begets. The building begets fragments that beget      fractures. They all bear the sickness of nostalgic. An energy that      vibrates. Stream of glow rivers through glass lies weighted saturating floorboards. Penetrated warped wooden. A closed …

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Kayla Miller

When The Animals Turned On You You tend to procrastinate and leave obligations unfulfilled. Strongly Agree [ ] Strongly Disagree [ ] You are structured and disciplined with your schedule. Strongly Agree [ ] Strongly Disagree [ ] You walk with a confidant gait. Strongly Agree [ ] Strongly Disagree …

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Aaron Apps

I HAVE NO TASTE I AM OFFENSIVE My mouth swallows fat and crap and then crap spews out of my third eye. What I write is offensive, as far as I can see, it’s a kind of dumb ugliness, But it’s not like anyone cares, really, cares the public into …

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