Stephanie Ford

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Our sky is no less a special effect.
Someone slashes tomorrow’s tires,
this month’s billboard says You could be next.
Buildings fall, and stars, and dollars.

In the meeting for helping the children,
no one agrees on how to proceed.
Some of us eat re-heated pizza,
some of us miss the grasses we grazed on
as minor shirtless animals. Outside,

someone’s ornamental plum
bursts into bloom like a shredded subpoena.
Two lovers break up on the public stair,
first the plaintive voice, then the voice that says no,
then a silence falling soft as gauze,
soft as a sugar pill dropped in the mind.


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

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