"The taste of hydrogen wild on my lips..."

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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

Sophie Wadsworth

Fear of Flying

Snow is a comet stretched over the grass. I fly faster than a meteorite,
through the last layer of atmosphere, smelling of iron and burning hair. The
taste of hydrogen wild on my lips, I see every tree leafing out--- like every
hand in Miss Kleinbard's history class, Boxboro Massachusetts, raised at
once. The slinky stem of longing grows through the thickest compost. Snow
flurries warm me: I string garlands of flakes, the most intricate at my throat
never melt. Next week, sleet will turn to rain, and I will shiver like a dog in
ecstasy, whir like a grieving bee. Meanwhile, the caterpillars whisper, Dos
Vidanya, dos vidanya, Goodbye, goodbye
, and spin shrouds in the trees.