Boys Overheard While Playing a Video Game

Issue 55 Boys Overheard While Playing a Video Game Kaitlyn Von Behren   after Mary Szybist’s “Girls Overheard While Assembling a Puzzle”   Amber’s boobs were practically escaping during Bible study today, did you notice? Hey, I’ll check the safes for ammo—...

i am not the moon, nor a star

Issue 55 i am not the moon, nor a star Kaitlyn Von Behren   in response to W. H. Auden’s “I Am Not A Camera”   a girl with the sun’s rays hidden in her hair whispers to me a secret,   and i wish i was the moon, reflecting light   back to her. instead, i...

Battery Acid

Issue 55 Battery Acid Kyle Wright             As a child, lying propped-up uncomfortably, wheezing and drawing air, waiting for the albuterol to kick in, still clutching the little plastic mask to my face like an adolescent, asthmatic version of Dennis Hopper in Blue...

For the Hens

Issue 55 For the Hens Ellis Gibson Hens peck the ground, kick their feet, stride around wobble-wattled, bright-eyed, proud and prim. I love them all; I admire one, who, in a snit, hits wing-tips against her sister, pecks a bloody feather off, leaves mottled gray skin...

My Gordian Knot

Issue 55 My Gordian Knot Rachel Hagerman I know you look a bit like me— Long, stringy brown hair. Small waist. Ambitious green eyes.   Maybe you even have my dark eyebrows, straight teeth, and crooked smile.   A touch of pink on the cheeks and tan in your...
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