Additional Selections from This Issue

An Interview with Dan Beachy-Quick

Amy Wright for Zone 3: Will you describe a panorama of your current writing space? Dan Beachy-Quick: As of the moment, it’s very different than usual. I’m in Lewisburg, PA, teaching for a week at Buc

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Bar of the Angels by Andrew Friedman

At one time in my life I frequented the bar of the angels. The place was real out of the way. I got in because I was dating one of the angels. Otherwise, I never would have been there.

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Kickback by Vivian Wagner

I rode my Harley-Davidson Sportster, alone, from my Appalachian Ohio village down to Daytona. On a motorcycle, you feel the rise and fall of land, the heft and weight of mountains, the reach and

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On the Occasion of My First Meditation Class by Anne Panning

First, make sure to wear hand-woven Guatemalan socks and for god's sakes don't forget to take your shoes off at the door. Also, to blend in, wear a gnarled, oversized sweater, don't comb

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An Unseen Figure in Matisse’s Le Bonheur de Vivre by Sarah Fawn Montgomery

A woman on the left arcs her back, arms in the air, hands in her hair, purple flowers vining over her shoulder and between her breasts. Shading her is a tree of red and orange and mustard,

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from The Tribal Knot by Rebecca McClanahan

Though letters from the Mounts menfolk are rare, the men and boys make cameo appearances in the women’s letters. Usually the men are out somewhere—hauling fodder, making fence, tending to crops

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Piano Recital by Susan Knox

I believe children get clues to their calling, episodes where they can learn more about who they truly are, moments when they are tested and surmount their own expectations. Sometimes they

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Leaving Egypt, 1945 by Dara-Lyn Shrager

A girl with pigeons in her sleeves / leaves the house where her mother sleeps / on the night’s white backbone. / She walks without shoes

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My Father from the Yard with the Maple by Billy Reynolds

Come back with what’s left of the light giving you / an earful, with the gray dusk of the one maple left that you / didn’t have to have cut down, with a few of those solid crows / with their nudge

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One Thing More About Horses by Jacob Newberry

When they die, they / are often mourned, unlike her, / the one we want / to eulogize but can’t / determine how. I think you’ll / remember saying

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Third Street by Adam Houle

When the days seem off, I go back / to that sagging, unlovely house / and my roommate who drank / Coors Light on the gray porch / that nearly but didn’t quite offer a view

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What I Mean When I Say Roller Pigeon by Geffrey Davis

The reason behind this breed’s mid-air acrobatics / splits its admirers: evasion evolution or neural defect? / . . . though they agree on the sanctity / of that tight, feathered backspin. / Whatever

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Whenever Night by Christina Cook

Whenever night presses / its damp hand on the back / of my neck, I remember / how the Luna moth clung

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