We’re made of beer cans and cardboard. We crease in November wind. Our blood streams in the whiz of cars. We groan like engines, wear mismatched boots. Our eyes are gears that crank a screen of all the lives we’ll never live to see. Our skin is yesterday’s New York Times. Our spines are made of […]
LAUREN SCHMIDT’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Progressive, Alaska Quarterly Review, New York Quarterly, Rattle, Nimrod, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Ekphrasis Journal, Wicked Alice, and other journals. Her poems have been selected as finalists for the 2008 and 2009 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, Intro to Journals Project, and the Dancing Girl Press Chapbook Contest. Her awards include the 2009 So to Speak Poetry Prize, the 2011 Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, and the 2012 Bellevue Literary Review’s Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry. Her chapbook, The Voodoo Doll Parade (Main Street Rag), was selected as part of the 2011 Author’s Choice Chapbooks Series. She is the author of Psalms of The Dining Room (Wipf & Stock) and her second collection, Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing (Main Street Rag), is forthcoming.
A teenage girl in too-high heels stamps past a line of cars. Held by a stop sign, drivers wait for her patent leather daggers to pass. Her stagger begins to slow: she knows they cannot go until she’s gone. She idles in the crosswalk, stages herself before the cars in a half-deserted plea to be […]
Four things. All a body wants. Four things. Food. Drink. Sex. Sleep. In no particular order, seemingly all at once. A circuit of strings pulls in and out over the body’s systematic wheel, tugs up buckets from the well of when and what the body wants: the sweet glaze of butter on […]
Issue 5 Spring 2012 ALYSE BENSEL is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Penn State. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Cider Press Review, The Summerset Review, and Foothill Poetry, among others. When not engaged in her teaching and studies, she volunteers for a cat rescue and participates in a work-share program at a local CSA farm. […]
FEATURED ARTIST Sheng Qi Painting without Colour: A Gallery NONFICTION Helen DeWitt Experimental, Interstitial, and Hybrid an interview with Helen DeWitt conducted by S. P. MacIntyre Alan Heathcock Never Not a Writer an interview with Alan Heathcock conducted by Okla Elliott Amy Holwerda Like the Wine of Our Red Alaska FICTION WinLo333 Sob Stories Gerard […]