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by Stacy Black As tedium is to lethargy. As Dante is to being lost in a dark wood. As graduate writing programs are to the professionalization of American lettersand the hazy intersection of art and commerce. As a self-reinforcing feedback loop is to the stranded time-traveler. As a…

Threads of the Soul

by Taya Boyles The sinew and the paper mill’s smogreach the clouds like the first time holding handsand the last.Oh, Eli Somer, if you know, you know. #MADDYou would know I ghosted the edges of my souland found no seam,a single thread I could robfrom ‘immaculate’ conception.No pinnable…

their names

by Ken Goodman [kenpgoodman@yahoo.com] I’d like to introduce you to— egoless deities. Their names describe them far more than their physicalities. Most are friendly (some are scary) scary only so: they scare away ego; & so open the way : to GodSun from soul-ray; or brainwave(s) to GodSea……

French Press and Severe Weather

by Logan Roberts A tool of tradition, a trinity of tridents.Crystallized furrowed brows crumblingunder the weight of pests in control.In control, not: caring, loving, conceiving,convincing, in control.Writing fiction in non-fiction. Spoiling the bodywith fruit mush left out in the sun.This is beyond raisins. Beyond empty gravescast in a…

Ad Equilibrium 3

by Heikki Huotari Their ignorance is bliss, their circulation perfect. Climbing ice to nonexistence I attribute as I please. It’s minus one AM, do you know where your limbic system is? One balcony per back-up band, one back-up band per crooner and one crooner per croonee, in n-plus-one dimensions…

5 Poems

by Salvatore Difalco Schizoid Boy I set selfgrasped me light handall day led meto contemplate friendship.Little light little sad meinstrumentalist artful diverse-fulleffect each employed & roseI said “Word out, we do out It.”And added, “Repaired.”“Then we’ve no hands,” It replied. Silver Lining Buriedskeletal dust. Placed motionlesshelpless, above earth’smute…

Family Dinner

by Eleanor Ball Word’s spreading in the family group chats that Aunt Grace might be a lesbian and Uncle Ron’s MS is in remission and ItalianFest isn’t happening anymore. It was like a family reunion where someone else went to all the expense and all you had to…

Ad Equilibrium 2

by Heikki Huotari Who’s ultraviolet. What’s stationary. Does the skin you’re in best represent you? Is your donkey costume still the riot that you are inside? If you shout out a number is it funny? If the brain is origami-folded then unfolded it’s a pillow case or lunar sail….

virgil

by court When he’s alone, he licks the palm of his hand. He read that it improves immunity toward bacteria, aids the digestive system. Every morning, he feels closer to death. The day after his mother kills herself, he folds into Albert’s lap until he feels invisible, until…

Ad Equilibrium 1

by Heikki Huotari As one reconstructs a 3D object from 2D cross sections, so 4D from 3. What’s a position if not on a sliding scale? A birthday cake not acted on by any other birthday cake remains at rest or travels in a straight line at a constant…

And the Refuse

by Erwin Dink Eating monkey meat starts with talk. How to cook and eat a monkey. There is nothing before this. How to cook and eat a monkey. Have you been frightened? When? Why? This is what I’m saying. Talking to whoever is here, both of them. Three…

99942 Apophis

by Erwin Dink the allegiance of flag to the deathI, 99942 Apophis, pledge to the heatof Typhaon, serpent ruler ORfor which it holds a nation tosalute under mythology the sunwith bones and uniform for all. crocodile should be called by the sunfacing the OR with the united men,over…