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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More