The need to be restrained is a given— by rope, by ball-gag riding bit, by chain: the art of knot tying is not for everyone, but the need to be restrained? A given. Everyone understands love brings pain— this is its visible, exaggerated expression. The need to be restrained is a given— by rope, by […]
STEPHEN GIBSON is the author of seven poetry collections: Self-Portrait in a Door-Length Mirror (2017 Miller Williams Prize winner, selected by Billy Collins, University of Arkansas Press), The Garden of Earthly Delights Book of Ghazals (Texas Review Press), Rorschach Art Too (2014 Donald Justice Prize, Story Line Press), Paradise (Miller Williams finalist, University of Arkansas Press), Frescoes (Lost Horse Press book prize), Masaccio’s Expulsion (MARGIE/IntuiT House book prize), and Rorschach Art (Red Hen Press). The poems in Issue 13 Summer 2018 are from a forthcoming collection, Obsessed.
It’s possible in one’s soul to feel this lonely and, so, to purchase someone to caress, if not in flesh and blood, then in latex. It’s possible in one’s soul to feel this lonely. Girl-Who-Always-Smiles is an anomaly— Girl-Who-Opens-Mouth is big business. It’s possible in one’s soul to feel this lonely and, so, to purchase […]
INTERVIEWS Eric Shonkwiler interviewed by David Bowen Power & Light Juan Gelacio interviewed by Robert Joe Stout Invisible on Paper ESSAYS Leonard Kress What Kind of Parent Lets a Thirteen-Year-Old Cancel Her Bat Mitzvah? Erinn Seifert Changing FICTION Mollie Boutell Intimates Malcolm Cumming Mere Anarchy Liz Egan Sgt. Lawson Brian Kamsoke Useful Things POETRY Ruth […]