Additional Selections from This Issue

Verbal Binary Presence in Early Childhood Development,  that Infamously Difficult Poetic Form the Villanelle,  and the Spiritual Quotidian

In the womb it’s neither no nor yes. 

 

You do, however, gather physical strength. You are, however, unprepared for the binary presence that awaits you on the shores of the amniotic sea in which you swim.

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Letter to Flint Parents by Kristie Betts Letter

Children should be tested as soon as possible

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from Leafmold, Disguised as an Exercise by F. Daniel Rzicznek

Disguised as an exercise, he taught the non-relation of one thing to another.

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Floating Island of Plastic by Neil Shepard

In the horse latitudes, the gyre keeps feeding styrene to this trough

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October 2001 by Anuradha Bhowmik

Trick or treating was cancelled.

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Lilacs in the Dooryard by Matthew Gallant

The routine: Right after Christmas we would make our way to Wal-Mart at the edge of town,

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Happiness by Kimiko Hahn

Like the female pelican          whose bill              exhibits
an orange swelling

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Love Poem to Daniel Bryan by Carrie Shipers

Dear Daniel Bryan, I understand how small
you feel beside your tag-team partners,
a monster in a crimson mask and a viper

covered in tattoos

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Accidental Morning by Cathy Guo

Late turned to early when the mail
slipped under the door,

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Naked in Cowboy Boots with Lasso, I Challenge God

You do not ask but enter our neighborhoods, circle our cul-de-sacs,
blare the silence of loss and longing into our yards and synapses,
 

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Unforgiving by Kimiko Hahn

Like / the snow leopard— / the mysterious existence / deduced / from tracks, droppings, and stories—

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Happiness by Kimiko Hahn

Unlike the Romundina / I was not around / 410 million years ago. / and I am not transitional / —that I know of— / further, no one studies me...

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