Immune escape (Nathaniel Duggan)

Instant ramen

black coffee blues

woe in summertime

midsummer machine invasion

I grow a mullet

probabilities reduce

scientifically we lacked gratitude

try to crush me

I stick to your shoe


Nathaniel Duggan is a writer from Maine. His work has appeared previously in HobartX-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, and Gay Death Trance, among others, and his flash fiction was nominated for The Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2019. He can be found on twitter @asdkfjasdlfjd.


image: Joshua Tree, CA with red filter by Dylan Willoughby: I am a permanently disabled LGBTQIA+ poet and composer, born in London, England and currently living in Long Beach, CA. Chester Creek Press has published 3 limited-edition letterpress poetry chapbooks, with illustrations by the hyper-realist painter Anthony Mastromatteo.  My poems have appeared widely in literary magazines including Agenda (UK), Stand (UK), The Interpreter’s House (UK), Shenandoah, Salmagundi, Denver Quarterly, CutBank, Southern Humanities Review, and Green Mountains Review.  Recent poems appeared this summer and fall in The Laurel Review, Fahmidan Journal, Goat’s Milk Magazine, Sledgehammer Lit, Sparrow’s Trombone, and Bloom Magazine, and are forthcoming in Amethyst Review and Ample Remains. I have received residency fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell, and earned an MFA from Cornell University, where I studied with A. R. Ammons and Robert Morgan.  My music, as “Lost in Stars,” has been featured by The Los Angeles Times, NPR/PRI program “Echoes,” KCRW (LA NPR station), Entertainment Weekly, NYLON magazine, XLR8R, Insomniac, Earmilk, and many other venues.