Featuring work by Andrea Spofford, Grant Clauser, Laura Bernstein-Machlay, Carrie Chappell, D.M. Aderibigbe, Melanie Tague, Stephanie Bryant Anderson, Kelly Cressio-Moeller, Kathryn Merwin, Alyssa Ogi, Gary Dop, Ashley Roach-Freiman, Ace Boggess, Marjorie Saiser, Emily Bernard, Simon Perchik, Caylie Herrmann, Danielle Susi, Genevieve Williams, John Findura, Charles Harper Webb, William Trowbridge, Martin Balgach, Alyse Bensel, Annette Oxindine, Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, Joe Nicholas, John Estes, Val Dering Rojas, Maari Carter, Laurin DeChae, Lindsay Tigue, Nate Pritts, John Andrews, Casey Patrick, Weston Cutter
sits in the branches of the dead
red oak, dumb roots
still cupping dirt as it sits like
on top of the stack
of dismantled branches we add to
after storms. Even the bird knows
to trill. Even singing knows to
break to make
way for facts.
by Weston Cutter
The last thing I want
is to tell you a story.
My bright teeth hurt.
I have taken the birds out,
one by one, and watched them falter
at the crucial moment. But think wave,
not particle. How for every bird
we dust snow off and cup
in mittened hands, another one crests
an olive tree and liberates a kingdom.
For the others, we’ll buy tiny coats.
Hire tutors. Or, failing that, pave
our roads with their low-rumble bones.
The woolen fibers, years on, will be
something for children to puzzle out
when forensics is all
they need to know.
by Annette Oxindine