POETRY: issue one

photo: Graham Foust

Graham Foust

FROM "9/10/11":   Life’s just enough to make a life incomplete.  /  Hours at a time, a dying cynosure,  /  you, my face if it were printed on money,  //  you’ve got the nerve to tell me that I’m standing  /  too close to this poem, but I wrote the thing.  /  You know you’re certifiable, now don’t you?   [keep reading...]

photo: Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

FROM "[AN ANXIOUS YOUNG RED HEAD]":   An anxious young red head holds the telephone... It cost us what  /  we’re worth. We are what the market bears. We’re excess and ism. I can’t call  /  myself one of us. Call me occupant, call me off, pale landlord, one of the gully  /  people.   [keep reading...]

photo: Melissa Broder

Melissa Broder

FROM "POWERED":   A lamp powered by blood is called  /  a miracle and a legend  /  powered by blood is called a church.  /  I am not against anything  /  not even infinity I  /  just don’t want to be made to watch.  /  My consort’s head is burning hot  /  so I take it off. This is not  /  how compassion works but it works.  /  What of next?   [keep reading...]

photo: Shane McCrae

Shane McCrae

FROM "THE PROMISE IS NEW LIFE":   Grandmother most of it  /  for most of it I       wasn’t there for most of it  /  And are you resting now do you await  /  The new heavens and the new earth  /  The promise as I’ve come to understand the promise  /  is / New life   [keep reading...]

photo: Elizabeth Arnold

Elizabeth Arnold

FROM "A LARGE SADNESS":   swelling, welling  /  in me I see  /  one, want that  /  then another with the  /  passing draw  /  to a one more like  /  the first pull  /  pulling me toward that,  /  glancing  /  off it in the bright air,   [keep reading...]

photo: Paul Killebrew

Paul Killebrew

FROM "EXCLAMATIONS IN EARNEST":   We seem to be  /  surrounded. We  /  go straight into  /  the undependable  /  air. Movies  /  about us, the mush  /  in my mouth,  /  how I love  /  to braid our arms  /  around narrow trees  /  in a snow-drenched  /  painting. I added  /  a red line that  /  ruined it,  /  or it was just the thing,  /  I don’t know.  /  Green smears  /  on the trees  /  vibrated across  /  the windshield.   [keep reading...]

photo: Samuel Amadon

Samuel Amadon

FROM "OH STEREO":   I don’t know how it goes.  /  What I had was humming  /  a little bit. That almost  /  feeling. I suspected those  //  days, I was always talking  /  about the same thing,  /  and I intended to change  /  the subject, even  //  though there were some  /  people I didn’t like  /  around. This was when  /  the weather, I’d often  //  notice, had been  /  approaching.   [keep reading...]

photo: Kara Candito

Kara Candito

FROM "ELEVATOR: A LOVE STORY":   Someone says, a poem can’t just plunge into  /  surrealistic bewilderment no matter how much  /  your life sucks. Someone else says,  /  the attempt to store or isolate momentum is tyranny.  /  These two things, and weeks spent deciphering  /  the elevator dream, though the setting is not  /  a casino-lit skybox in a high-end mall  /  or a Halliburton safe house in which whole  /  countries are fucked between P4 and Mezzanine.   [keep reading...]

photo: Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Geoffrey G. O'Brien

FROM "DISTRACTION":   Spenser coined blatant to show us the scandal  /  Of truth can only be invented. The same  /  Holds true for you, in whom subject and object  /  Sound alike a common depth, “the never other  /  Than lost continuity” Grossman defines  /  As present wherever poems are present.  /  Stein says “They will not nearly know”  /  As if she were one of the Romantics  /  But is not talking about a ruin or frieze.   [keep reading...]

photo: Kyle McCord

Kyle McCord

FROM "WHAT'S LEFT":   I’m astonished no one has ever suggested that your sight has simply  /  preceded you into your following life. This isn’t intended cruelly.  /  Like Siddhartha, but much less zealously, I based my life on a gamble  /  that the buds that die simply weren’t intended for this particular act.   [keep reading...]

photo: Sandra Simonds

Sandra Simonds

FROM "BLACK LEOTARD":   There was one man, then two men, then three.  /  The worst part of me did a somersault on the balance beam.  /  The bumblebee audience cooked to 103 degrees.  /  One man bumped the next one off the beam, then the next  /  one did the same thing. I spent the day making sure I didn’t call  /  each one by the wrong name.   [keep reading...]

photo: Will Arbery

Will Arbery

FROM "IN WHICH TARRARE EATS TWO COVETED BOPPERS":   Last night, this, Bieber, you sat perch and says “Yo, I think you might be my best friend in the world.” You ask, does Tarrare dream. Yes I have. You say “Usually I dream about blackness because I don’t dream. I just fall asleep, see black, and wake up.   [keep reading...]

photo: Kit Frick

Kit Frick

FROM "[THE MEN HERE ARE CRUEL]":   The men here are cruel       by some estimations  /  withholders of gesture       embrace  //  it’s very personal     but not how you think  /  this is infection’s way  //          they keep  /  a prudent distance       they spare you  //  have learned things  /  about mercy   [keep reading...]

photo: John Lee Clark

John Lee Clark

FROM "QUANTUM PHYSICS":   I am not sure what physics means much less quantum  //  I did watch the TV show Quantum Leap in the boys' dormitory  //  I mention that I watched it in the boys' dormitory because my family didn't have a TV at home  //  I saw the same actor in a movie where he was the manager of a minor league baseball team   [keep reading...]


ART: Zachary Tate Porter, Jeannie Vanasco

FICTION: Katya Apekina, John Henry Fleming, Lacy Arnett, Claire Harlan Orsi, Chantel Tattoli

NONFICTION: Emily Carr, Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Johanna Stoberock, Steve Wasserman

POETRY: Janelle Adsit, Ryan Bender-Murphy, Monica Berlin & Beth Marzoni, Dan Chelotti, Lisa Ciccarello, Christopher DeWeese, Elisa Gabbert & Kathleen Rooney, Tyler Gobble, Fanny Howe, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Nick Lantz, Matthew Lippman, Aditi Machado, Alice Miller, Marc Paltrineri, Christopher Rey Pérez, Allan Peterson, Jessica Poli, Lynne Potts, Dan Rosenberg, M. C. Rush, Ed Skoog, Cindy St. John, Russel Swensen, Emily Toder, Laurie Saurborn Young


ART: Rachel Day, Terrell James, Mr. Let’s Paint TV, Peter Van Hyning

FICTION: Paula Bomer, Andrew Brininstool, Chaitali Sen, R. T. Smith

NONFICTION: Anna Journey,
David S. MacLean

POETRY: Claire Becker, Heather Christle, Darin Ciccotelli, Jennifer Denrow, Jessica Farquhar, Farnoosh Fathi, Stephanie Ford, Geoffrey Nutter, Brian Oliu, Thibault Raoult, Anne Marie Rooney, Tomaž Šalamun, Jordan Sanderson, Jacob Sunderlin, Gale Marie Thompson, David Wojciechowski

ET CETERA: Eric LeMay's 'Threat Lexicon, Death Row Records Presents The Waste Land


ART: Jenn Brehm, Jason Polan,
Grant Willing

FICTION: Kirby Johnson, Anjali Sachdeva, Chad Simpson, S. E. Smith

NONFICTION: Laura E. Davis, Aaron Gilbreath, Alexandra Kimball, Elena Passarello, Alison Stine

POETRY:Samuel Amadon, Will Arbery, Elizabeth Arnold, Melissa Broder, Kara Candito, John Lee Clark, Graham Foust, Kit Frick, Paul Killebrew, Kyle McCord, Shane McCrae, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Sandra Simonds, Bruce Smith

ET CETERA: Flannery O'Connor Soundboard, Poetry Bingo