Plan B

By Cassandra Caverhill This wasn’t supposed to happen. You came inside me, accidentally, as we fucked on the springy single bed in your co-op dormitory. Your eyes flickered disbelief at first, then lidded heavy with acceptance. We spoke calmly, carefully, three weeks of togetherness tender between us; I was still very much married at the […]

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Stevie

By Olivia Loccisano A few years ago, I was camping with some friends in Ontario’s North. We were all sitting around a bonfire on our towels, and someone asked: “What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?” Each person went around the circle telling stories about seeing a dead body or almost drowning. I […]

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Stargazer Lilies

By Benjamin Rose The stage is set with stargazer lilies, Garbed with candles in semblance of a wake. I have renounced the fury of Reading And skinned the sun of my wearied desires. I have exchanged the warmth for a darkness Void of sensation, pockmarked and cold, To best my bane: the abdominal malady Stricken […]

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The Turkey Barns’ Smell

By Katie Bowers I. The smell of the turkey barns around here,the meat and the manure, reminds me of when, at eighteen, I told my mama thatthe only way I could be pregnantwas through an immaculate conception. Less than a month later, Ithrew my first child intoa meat grinder. II. The seeds in the garden, […]

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Blood Sisters

By Sunshine Barbito Ali hands me her tweezers then pulls her finger back to her lips. Her hands are always bleeding from too much sanitizer. Stuck at the sharp, flat tips of the tweezers there’s this dry stuff. Brown like old blood and maybe skin. I kneel down and grab the edge of Ali’s rug […]

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After Getting Blackout Drunk at a Campfire

by Frances Klein There is a bug-bite on my inner thigh, and did I fuck a mosquito?  Right now I can’t say no, since the coolers were full  of Raineer and ice and lime beer-garitas,  and the mosquito was being particularly funny,  was making everyone laugh with his stories about work.  The mosquito looked so […]

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Lakeside Park: Juneteenth 2021

By Collin Edmonds  I.  Somethin ‘bout the summer heat  makes the liquor boil  in your belly.  With each bead of sweat  patience leaves  your body. It’s wet t-shirt weather—  It’s summer and niggas  are dying again.  There’s something about the heat  that makes niggas reach for it.  II.  The Sun stretches out  its arms and […]

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…. ..- — .- -. (Human)

by Katharine Bost Everyone knows that May is the best month for a cookout. The weather is warm, but not too warm. It’s sunny, having passed the month of April showers. People are in their best moods because it’s almost summer vacation, though that means less when you aren’t in school to enjoy a break. […]

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