Three Poems – Darren C. Demaree

THE ROUTINE: PICK UP FROM PRESCHOOL   There are so many mothers that could give a shit about including a father   in any sort of play group or car pool scenario & that is fine with me.   My son & I, we play longer on the playground. We have McDonald’s   in the […]

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Of Freedom and Ruin – Leah Johnson

You said, “We don’t cry for dead people here,” and I couldn’t tell if you were talking to me or yourself. You said, “We don’t mourn, we take,” and I wanted to place my hands over your lips. To suffocate the language that had made you more monster than man. There was no small violence […]

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Heaven in search of Hopper – Michael O’Brien

Two hundred bodies fill the hierarchy and semantics of wildlife. Wobbling and jostling, craning our necks. The sickly tone of patriotism washes over the sallow birches. Woosh, whistle, etc. Flapping in the woods I fight a checkerboard. The same shirt from somebody else’s 1979. We take etchings, w/ charcoal and paper, from random trees and […]

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부산 or Busan, South Korea – Perry Davis

  October 4 2017 2:00 pm I watch the wave crash into a boy. His legs flipping over the water and his body resurfacing. Smiling. Bracing his shoulders for another. Fighting undertow. The ocean. Curling to try again. I don’t know who the hero in this story is. I just want to wake up in […]

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