Poetry

Settings (Maia Armistead)

I can’t think of anywhere else to set my poems but here.  Out the window the water is flat like the skin of a drum.  Out there a solitary boat drags its froth behind it.  This is a place where you have probably never been.  It feels strange that you don’t know the breeze off […]

Note on Enying a Cigarette (Kelsey Carmody Wort)

All of the time I spent leaning across a table trying to listen in on conversations that were not mine wasn’t time wasted, I know that. But there’s just something about the thought of being addressed by someone else that makes my breath hitch. I told Charlie that I would take up smoking if it […]

Floaters (Robin Zlotnick)

The eye doctor calls them floaters, but I know they are ghosts. Of things I saw and ignored. Of things I refused to see at all. Of her weeping hair. Of her spitting teeth. Of her fleeing fire. Of her shaking bones. Of her splitting nails. Of her sucking sand through straws and swallowing while […]

When The Night Shift Is Really a Love Song (Nailea Salazar)

A young man has decided to work at a cemetery because, miraculously, no one he’s loved has died yet— so he is here every Thursday at 6PM, unafflicted, and nothing else happens for him. Here with a thousand stories—of the sick, those who just knew it was time to go, one big rock star—everyone eventually […]

Old Fashioned (Kelli Lage)

My power went out so, I did what they did in the old fashioned days. I bled over a fire lamp and used the soot as ink. I spread my message across the oak table knowing it’d be clean  by the time dawn stumbled from dusk’s lap. Dust I make doesn’t mingle with  what’s fallen […]

3 Poems (Lauren Theresa)

Live a Little  in one hundred words I think I’m going to smile today, so I’ll microdose prescription speed and chase it with some cold pressed vegetables covered in saccharine while choosing happiness in knowing you only live once, smothering thoughts of death under good vibes because that’s the best way to avoid the fear of missing out while I […]

Poems From a Stranger, or Wu-Tang is For the Children (David J. Hersher)

My brother moved back to Ohio years ago but when I touch the Christmas text  it’s a poem from a stranger  and not transverse the same graybar sky. Like how he hid in the maples and poison ivy  behind the church to smoke sticks between hummingbird fingers and blast 36 Chambers from a bruised boombox. […]

Roll These Misty Windows (Jack B. Bedell)

down, man. My brain is not an egg crackling in a frying pan. It’s a handle bag sat on the car seat next to me, so full of 5-layer burritos and crunchwraps and other such slapdickery it triggers the airbag sensor. My free hand always loves the warmth of that bag’s lap as we drive […]

FAT BEAR WEEK (Liam Burke)

WAY MORE IMPORTANT AND LEGITIMATE  THAN OUR RECENT ELECTION IS FAT BEAR WEEK  THE BEST PART OF VOTING FOR THE FATTEST BEAR IS THAT ITS PROPERLY REPRESENTATIONAL  IMAGINE THE TRAVESTY OF A FAT BEAR  FIRST PAST THE POST SYSTEM THERED BE RIOTING IN THE STREETS A ROARING WAVE OF WET FUR I SUPPOSE THATS WHAT […]

Two-ish Poems (Matthew Medendorp)

The Poetics of the Moon Every time a poet mentions the moon, the moon swallows an astronaut. The moon has swallowed many astronauts—they live in a colony in her belly and occasionally cause indigestion. Instead of oxygen, they breathe the promise of cheese, soon to be delivered. They tenderly wipe moondust from companion’s silver visors, […]

Television (Sandeep)

We put the square silver screen  in our mouths, and watched television in a towel. The Flinstones and The Jetsons are in the same universe, as proven by the Great Gazoo. And Desi Arnaz invented television, when it comes to ownership anyway, which is the most important thing nowadays, even though the only valuable thing […]

insomniac (Ashley Varela)

staring at the moon. thinking about the moon. wondering what the moon is staring at, thinking about. feeling like you & the moon are the only ones awake, but that doesn’t mean you have to talk. wishing the moon would say something (anything, dammit). *** Ashley Varela (she/they) is a queer writer & author based […]

Getting Ghosted After an Okay FaceTime Date (Jeremiah Moriarty)

I thought it went fine! I drank water out of a horse mug and had wet hair. It’s embarrassing how much time I  spend throwing myself at men online  only to come across as casual, un- patterned, but it’s been a long day with ourselves and all this ache, all this cost, I’m trying to […]

2 Poems (Jeff Hermann)

How to Surprise Your Family with an Amazing Cake Go out and buy an amazing cake  that surprises everyone.  The frosting is that good.  I want to forget about the broken things  in this house. Forget how the sidewalks  in this town end in the middle. There’s enough indignity  and confusion in this world.  We […]

I’m Gonna End The World I Think Maybe If I Wake Up Early Enough (Noah Powers)

i have to be up at six am okay, okay, i have tosplit the earth by the axis i have to pull the axis outlike it’s a metal pin keeping the whole thing groovyi have to dance around the imaginary pole like animaginary stripper i have to swan dive into a highlycornery pile of waste […]

This Black Friday (Yanita Georgieva)

I’m finding it hard to say no & anyway, what’s fifty dollars  to a London girl? One email tells me I’d look good in lilac so, of course, I buy the jumper. The next suggests my boyfriend will love me more in headphones & I think now hang on a minute, & it says let’s not […]

death-dance beauty (Jason Melvin)

I’ve watched you die for a decade or more each spring I consider the chainsaw in the shed golf ball-size termite holes wounds that look painful but somehow     you produce flowers       white flowers every couple of seasons a pear or three that change my mind evidence of your fight is […]

The 34-Year-Old and the Case of Mysterious Emotional Regulation (Megan Cannella)

Since I met you, I haven’t watched Grey’s Anatomy. I don’t know if you know: that makes this a love poem. But it does. *** Megan Cannella (she/they) is a Midwestern transplant currently living in Nevada. Her debut chapbook, Confrontational Crotch and Other Real Housewives Musings, is out now and available at https://linktr.ee/mcannella. You can find […]

Long Division (nyoka eden)

*** nyoka eden is an artist and intuitive consultant. Her writing has appeared in places like Arcturus, APARTMENT, Maudlin House, and After the Pause. Her website is nyokaeden.net. *** image: MM Kaufman

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