Where Everyone Lived

Ed Skoog

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Joe used to live in a tree
by the school and slid down insults
my slow head couldn’t throw back.
Didn’t someone fuck a cat in a tree?
Which tree. Did we add the tree part?
We took breaks from masturbating
to kill the boy who got caught.
Mike lived in his girlfriend
and they lived together after school.
Now Joe lives in the big red house
and his brother lives inside
a painting in the hallway
with a bloody nose. They hear me
try to learn the clarinet
and go straight to the record store
and own it, put up signs NO CLARINET.


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

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