"Therefore the walls of this house are narrow
and the city is strange."

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Issue 10: Out on a Limb

Issue 9: The Missing Body

Issue 8: The Lily

Issue 7: Passages

Issue 6: No More Tears

A quick list to poets featured in this issue:

Melissa Ahart

Sommer Browning

Sarah Busse

devin wayne davis

Karen D'Amato

Yaakov Fichman

Donna Johnson

Vera Kroms

Li Bo

Li Qingzhao

Ander Monson

Christopher Mulrooney


Todd Samuelson

Maria Terrone

Mihai Ursachi

Sophie Wadsworth

G.C. Waldrep

Martha Zweig

Rahel (Bluwstein)
translated from the Hebrew by Jeff Friedman
and Nathan Schwartz


She is the blood that flows in my blood.
She is the voice that sings in my voice-
Rachel, shepherdess of Laban's flock,
Rachel, mother of mothers.

Therefore the walls of this house are narrow
and the city is strange,
for her scarf once fluttered
in the desert wind.

Therefore I will take up my path
with the confidence of Rachel, for the distances
she travelled, for the memories of the wide, warm sands,
are written on the soles of my feet.


Jeff Friedman is the author of three collections of poetry: Taking Down the Angel (Carnegie Mellon University Press 2003), Scattering the Ashes (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998), and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave (BkMk Press- University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1986). His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Antioch Review, The Missouri Review, Manoa, New England Review and 5 AM.

Nathan Schwartz is a former Israeli soldier who now lives in the U.S.A.