"And that itch you cannot reach..."

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Issue 11: The Necessary Eye

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

Maria Terrone

Allergy Season

This is the season of tears
            that appear without sorrow--
first they curve April's green spikes,

then you see as after a rain--
            a painful glistening, silver coins
flung at a beggar's face.

And that itch you cannot reach:
            Why should it be otherwise
when everything you see

is unattainable:
            tree tops, sky, your own longings
buried in their seed.