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A Love Poem to Money

by Jenine Baines Yes, roses are red, violets are blue…but I’d rather cultivate pennies and watch big bucks accrue. “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination,” said Oscar Wilde. And while, yes, I have been a fan of Wilde since I played Lady Bracknell in a drama camp production of […]

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Firepool

By Alex Z. Salinas I’ve studied Shakespeare and read Hemingway. I’ve marveled at Poe and Hawthorne, Pynchon and Roth, Murakami and King, too. Philip Levine taught me the simple truth, and Pablo Neruda showed me love and despair. Rabindranath Tagore breathed light into my body, and Juan Felipe Herrera turned me on my cabeza. Bukowski? […]

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Ode to the DMV

by Jenine Baines Fuck. Pardon my French. But fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck. FUCK. Oh, it could have been worse: I could have neglected to make an appointment in advance and wound up in a line snaking outside the door, around the building; I could have flunked the written test more than once. Grâce à […]

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A Teacher’s Hope: Being Remembered

by David A. Grenardo How do you want to be remembered by your students? And, more importantly, when? For your awards or accolades and only at the end? In some big ceremony, retirement, or a funeral attended by many, Which of those ways do I want to be remembered by my students? Not any. I […]

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Bending Time

by Jennifer R. Lloyd   Where’d you learn to bend time like that? You found the portal on instinct. Our two mouths like black holes connecting, Lips and teeth and tongue marking The fissure where solid time turns liquid, Where night stretches In communion with parked cars, Where street dogs gather their feast, Where we […]

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Mriga

by Sam Griffith I used to remember. The way the trees below meant nothing to Orion. I used to think. I wonder if he hunts in Greensboro. Where pines cover grass which cover civil disobedience kept as tight as orion to mriga the deer in the sky. forever disagreeing forever at war. Samuel Griffith is […]

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ardent

by Amanda Bustos ar • dent /ˈɑːdənt/ adj. 1. The feeling of blood racing rapidly through the veins. 2. The ache of the heart after cruel, raw rejection. 3. All that is evoked when the human soul is moved / The hidden tear behind a father who cannot feed the five little heads clinging to […]

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Mountain Smoke

by Alex Z. Salinas I. I remember the promise of the mountains, the alpine summer breeze clearing our pores, the entranced look you gave me on Highway 14 Remember the chip factory next to the hotel? That’s where you would’ve transferred You said all I needed to do was find a job II. I remember […]

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Salt

by Alex Z. Salinas   I’d read once that Salinas, the surname that graces every form of my identity, was born in the salt mines of old Spain, where many men surely perished. My uncle Henry, though I’d call him tio, was a Salinas if there ever was one, the salt so strong in his […]

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Ode to the Ten Eleven

by Abby Mangel   “Am I not who you thought I would be?” A severe case of monophobia led me to a violet shift of a punk establishment that sat precariously on the river. It was a sacral landmark, a busy locale known to be as self-destructive as the urban shadows packed inside of it. Timidly, […]