Toaster by Annie Diamond

    The human brain weighs 1300 grams, about the heft of one two-slice toaster. I love this equivalence, picture a toaster on shoulders and torso             and think of a nonexistent Magritte,             with some title like The Veneration […]

Ode to the Damsel by Hala Alyan

    Pink as a seashell. Mid-yawn, breasts rising like soldiers. In the shopping cart, duct tape & eye cream. The car red as a tongue. Your tongue, a car, spanning the city. The door rings & you don’t open it. There is Lisbon on the other side. Three children […]

Cloud by Christine Hemp

    I couldn’t say exactly when the thermal met the dew point and I knew I was cloud. Like walking rain, I’ve traveled far without touching ground.   Today I saw a kestrel ride a convergence (that invisible quarrel between warm and cold air). I have lived her lust […]

After Odysseus by Megan Pinto

    Here, in the clinic, a therapist asks the child to draw a picture of her body—to color all the places where it hurts, and color all the places where it feels good. No medical examiner, no jury, just a child and her pencils—in this version she is taller […]

Stranger by Fay Dillof

    Sometimes I imagine looking into the eyes of the stranger who held the gun. Everybody is some kind of animal when they dance. It’s not the gyrating body, humming for its skin to be licked, bit, that I miss as I grow old but the possibility of getting […]

News by Elizabeth Hoover

    for Nichole     My friend is waiting to find out if her rapist will be paroled. They are supposed to call her if he walks free. I go to her apartment to help her unpack. She moved after her landlord fixed her front window with cardboard. Her […]