Jessica Fjeld: The old ghost of the
, Ring ring, & The result of
staying in the land you come from

The old ghost of
the ghost-place

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Like the rainstorm that I will not allow
to escape from between my fingers

The child is an animal
not explained by its parents

I want to stop traveling south
I want to live without loss, or to live more thoroughly within it

In an ankle-deep loss
I begin to swell and am so tired

I cannot see even a small woman in the firelight
It’s late               We get lower

We’re all covered in blankets and
the child says my voice is funny

He means it’s changed
I can’t tell if it’s him or if it’s me

Who knows nothing at all about change
His life is like watching a good movie

with a friend
who is seeing it for the first time

It’s howling in a place
where the air is very thick

but we can’t decide
if it’s harder to breathe

Ring ring

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I tried to call you
but it was the middle of the night
The phones were asleep
the rabbits were asleep too
And since the rabbits weren’t doing
anything noteworthy
really I didn’t have much to say
except that I had recently realized
it would be impossible for me to swim
the sweet deep length of you
I could never do it
and since we both love shortcomings
that was some something
we might have enjoyed

The result of staying in the land you come from

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I was in a real body
that anything could happen to

was what the chili in my food reminded me
bringing as it did my blood

up hot against my skin
God loves a meal

now as he once loved
to see an eye

come loose from its socket
when battle was honor

So if I dreamt of a hot mint tea
that would take its hour to task

I did so out of frustration with
the difficult redness of it all

The snow
that fell and fell and never stayed


ART: Teri Frame, Line Kallmayer

FICTION: Matt Dojny, Jessica Halliday, Corey Zeller

NONFICTION: Brandel France de Bravo, Line Kallmayer, Ben Merriman, Nicole Walker

POETRY: Mary Jo Bang, Sam Cha, Ching-In Chen, Natalie Eilbert, John Estes, Jessica Fjeld, Margaret LeMay, Nina Puro, Lauren Russell, Dara-Lyn Shrager, Donna Stonecipher, Henry Walters, Kerri Webster, Betsy Wheeler

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