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“I TOO MOURN” BY JERRY T JOHNSON

19 February 2021 on Poetry

—after Langston Hughes Liberty misunderstoodLiberty misrepresentedLiberty lied on, lied about wears a veil, dressesin sackcloth, spreads ashacross her forehead, ashesacross her landscapes torn Liberty weeps beneath darknessLiberty gazes upon terror...

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“Catch and Release” by Kyle D. Craig

05 February 2021 on Poetry

When I was a boy my father lifted the barbed-wire fence beyond which lay a pond teeming with bass, bluegill, catfish. We pulled worms from catalpa trees,punctured their bodies on...

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“Violent Epidemic” by Sarah Degner Riveros

04 December 2020 on Poetry

When the neighbor kidshows up on the porch, clutching a flannelpillow, dressed in sweatpants and a t-shirt, shakes his dreads, stutters, “Hi, Mom, is John here?” You set down the...

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“You Say You Have No Title?” by Barbara Daniels

13 November 2020 on Poetry

Here, take some of mine:“Poem Ending with a Tulip” “Weed of the Week” “Potato Soup” I know you’re committed to “Untitled,” thinkingit gives you the ultimate freedom. But I want...

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Dear Julia

30 October 2020 on Poetry

Do you remember roller-skating in the basement on snow days?We stumbled and soared, our feet heavy and strange, as snowflakestumbled down so fast outside the tiny window, like the Michigan...

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“Go for Gin” by Audrey Gradzewicz

09 October 2020 on Poetry

for Lauren B. /Lawrin B. At dusk, when regal moths kill themselves ignoblyon the bare yellow bulb of your porchlight, I name futures like racehorses. Alphabet Soupis the future in...

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“Days of Hand to Mouth” by Dennis Cummings

25 September 2020 on Poetry

We worked until dawn back then—Afros and longhairs on the loading dock,mocking the small paychecks that cameeach Friday at shift’s end, the last truck now hollowed out, the bass metal...

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“Ground Rules” by Tim DeJong

08 May 2020 on Poetry

The boy sits in a field.He is four or maybe three.Red-shirted, blue-shorted, he arranges his gathered trifles, loose sticks, wasp’s wing, snail’s shell,sifts fragments too minor to signify.The weedy grass around...

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“God as an Illinois hops farm” by Anna Girgenti

24 April 2020 on Poetry

in early July, just before harvest, mud on the frilly white hemof my sundress. Barefoot. We squeeze the last drops of beer from the keg — my little brother barely...

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“Canyon Fire” by Patricia Caspers

03 April 2020 on Poetry

Another August morning the sky opensits smoke-heavy wings, and after so many years of silence, we hello each other in the cafe,as if not knowing the wooded placewhere we parked...

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“Adams Apple.” by John Malone

20 March 2020 on Poetry

This is the tie worn by JFK the day he was killed (I show you a tie). Jackie had it washed and placed in a museum – a symbol of the...

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“Berries-n-Crème” by Preeti Vangani

28 February 2020 on Poetry

Mouth open, I runmy mother’s last lipstickover my lips. I’d forfeitall my wordsfor a snippet of her voice.Her absence keeps swinging into my framelike a door with a broken latch,the mysterious spotin...

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