Winter 2024: Climate Crisis

Poetry
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Deborah Filanowski

“Where are Tolkien’s Ents?”

There is an army of ghost trees ringing the coastlines of the world.
Once verdant, evidence of a healthy environment,
now leafless, bleached white in death,
phantoms of the forest that once was.
Poetry
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Jennifer Phillips

“Touring the Forest” and “Leaning Over the Rails”

This will help you to remember
what a forest was. This one, North Temperate.
Might have been where we are standing.
Here, adjust the strap
around your forehead, rest this over
the bridge of your nose. Click the button.
See.
Poetry
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Russell Willis

“Earth Cries and the Oceans Catch the Tears,” “Reservoir No More,” and “Summer — Memory or Prophecy?”

Each corner of a globe
With no corners
Born of the sea as
Liquid or solid
In dances with humans
And dances between humans
Fear and hope meet in their own dance
As the earth cries
Poetry
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Marie-Louise Eyres

“Brood X”

Each insect turns a fraction on its axis, a cocooned child shifting in a half-sleep,
oblivious beyond cool mud to flames of wildfires as they streak across the hills
of Paradise.
Poetry
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Patricia Franz

“something small has died”

when they’re born…
they g r o w
they m o v e
crawl and
c a
l v
e
Poetry
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Mary Beth Keenan

“With Love, I Fall”

Looking deep into my child’s eyes,
I see both my ancestors and
my descendants, I fall
into a meditation about Mother Earth…
Poetry
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Robert Eugene Rubino

“Home, Sick”

Zero degrees outside while cozy warm inside
Mother opens apartment’s bedroom window
reels in creaky clothesline of dried laundry
Poetry
Featured image for ““Where are Tolkien’s Ents?””

Deborah Filanowski

“Where are Tolkien’s Ents?”

There is an army of ghost trees ringing the coastlines of the world.
Once verdant, evidence of a healthy environment,
now leafless, bleached white in death,
phantoms of the forest that once was.
Poetry
Featured image for ““Touring the Forest” and “Leaning Over the Rails””

Jennifer Phillips

“Touring the Forest” and “Leaning Over the Rails”

This will help you to remember
what a forest was. This one, North Temperate.
Might have been where we are standing.
Here, adjust the strap
around your forehead, rest this over
the bridge of your nose. Click the button.
See.
Poetry
Featured image for ““Earth Cries and the Oceans Catch the Tears,” “Reservoir No More,” and “Summer — Memory or Prophecy?””

Russell Willis

“Earth Cries and the Oceans Catch the Tears,” “Reservoir No More,” and “Summer — Memory or Prophecy?”

Each corner of a globe
With no corners
Born of the sea as
Liquid or solid
In dances with humans
And dances between humans
Fear and hope meet in their own dance
As the earth cries
Poetry
Featured image for ““Brood X””

Marie-Louise Eyres

“Brood X”

Each insect turns a fraction on its axis, a cocooned child shifting in a half-sleep,
oblivious beyond cool mud to flames of wildfires as they streak across the hills
of Paradise.
Poetry
Featured image for ““something <sub>small</sub> has died””

Patricia Franz

“something small has died”

when they’re born…
they g r o w
they m o v e
crawl and
c a
l v
e
Poetry
Featured image for ““With Love, I Fall””

Mary Beth Keenan

“With Love, I Fall”

Looking deep into my child’s eyes,
I see both my ancestors and
my descendants, I fall
into a meditation about Mother Earth…
Poetry
Featured image for ““Home, Sick””

Robert Eugene Rubino

“Home, Sick”

Zero degrees outside while cozy warm inside
Mother opens apartment’s bedroom window
reels in creaky clothesline of dried laundry
Poetry
Featured image for ““Where are Tolkien’s Ents?””

Deborah Filanowski

“Where are Tolkien’s Ents?”

There is an army of ghost trees ringing the coastlines of the world.
Once verdant, evidence of a healthy environment,
now leafless, bleached white in death,
phantoms of the forest that once was.
Poetry
Featured image for ““Touring the Forest” and “Leaning Over the Rails””

Jennifer Phillips

“Touring the Forest” and “Leaning Over the Rails”

This will help you to remember
what a forest was. This one, North Temperate.
Might have been where we are standing.
Here, adjust the strap
around your forehead, rest this over
the bridge of your nose. Click the button.
See.
Poetry
Featured image for ““Earth Cries and the Oceans Catch the Tears,” “Reservoir No More,” and “Summer — Memory or Prophecy?””

Russell Willis

“Earth Cries and the Oceans Catch the Tears,” “Reservoir No More,” and “Summer — Memory or Prophecy?”

Each corner of a globe
With no corners
Born of the sea as
Liquid or solid
In dances with humans
And dances between humans
Fear and hope meet in their own dance
As the earth cries
Poetry
Featured image for ““Brood X””

Marie-Louise Eyres

“Brood X”

Each insect turns a fraction on its axis, a cocooned child shifting in a half-sleep,
oblivious beyond cool mud to flames of wildfires as they streak across the hills
of Paradise.
Poetry
Featured image for ““something <sub>small</sub> has died””

Patricia Franz

“something small has died”

when they’re born…
they g r o w
they m o v e
crawl and
c a
l v
e
Poetry
Featured image for ““With Love, I Fall””

Mary Beth Keenan

“With Love, I Fall”

Looking deep into my child’s eyes,
I see both my ancestors and
my descendants, I fall
into a meditation about Mother Earth…
Poetry
Featured image for ““Home, Sick””

Robert Eugene Rubino

“Home, Sick”

Zero degrees outside while cozy warm inside
Mother opens apartment’s bedroom window
reels in creaky clothesline of dried laundry
Fiction
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Stephen Newton

The Cave of Altamira

In the final days of the Age of Dwindling Resources, Alejandra Sánchez, as young and fearless as a latter-day Joan of Arc marching to war, led a ragtag procession of nearly two hundred women from their city of Santillana del Mar to the sandbanks of Playa El Sable where they gathered to witness the end of the world.
Fiction
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Jaime Gill

Together

We slept at gunpoint but woke up alive, so it was a good night.
For the first time since Bai disappeared, I didn’t dream of monsters. I dreamt I was in my tiny childhood bedroom and my mother was alive and calling me for a pungent dinner I could smell wafting from the kitchen, sweetness and spice.
Fiction
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J. M. Platts-Fanning

Beatniks of the Kerosene Age

Captain’s Log: The last stage of our short Kerosene Age is upon us. Stationed here, at the Rainbow Rides Fairgrounds, the end we’ve all been anticipating is now wetting the souls of our feet. Our best estimates place us only a day ahead of the imminent deluge.
Fiction
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Benjamin Hollo

You-you

There isn’t a hard edge to be found in the hut. Round walls slope into concave ceiling. Amoeba-shaped windows display the world outside: ferns, wavering in steam, and droplets dangling from speckled red toadstools. So vibrant, these exterior views could almost be cinemagraphs, mounted on soft grey walls, inside the climate-controlled seal.
Fiction
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Tinker Babbs

Weathering A Storm

When the rain came, no one in Mossville, Georgia, could have ever imagined the Ohoopee River would spill over its banks and become the reason for so much tribulation. Everyone assumed a brand-new Army Corp of Engineers earthen dam would hold back the river for the next hundred years. But they were wrong.
Fiction
Featured image for “The Cave of Altamira”

Stephen Newton

The Cave of Altamira

In the final days of the Age of Dwindling Resources, Alejandra Sánchez, as young and fearless as a latter-day Joan of Arc marching to war, led a ragtag procession of nearly two hundred women from their city of Santillana del Mar to the sandbanks of Playa El Sable where they gathered to witness the end of the world.
Fiction
Featured image for “Together”

Jaime Gill

Together

We slept at gunpoint but woke up alive, so it was a good night.
For the first time since Bai disappeared, I didn’t dream of monsters. I dreamt I was in my tiny childhood bedroom and my mother was alive and calling me for a pungent dinner I could smell wafting from the kitchen, sweetness and spice.
Fiction
Featured image for “Beatniks of the Kerosene Age”

J. M. Platts-Fanning

Beatniks of the Kerosene Age

Captain’s Log: The last stage of our short Kerosene Age is upon us. Stationed here, at the Rainbow Rides Fairgrounds, the end we’ve all been anticipating is now wetting the souls of our feet. Our best estimates place us only a day ahead of the imminent deluge.
Fiction
Featured image for “<em>You</em>-you”

Benjamin Hollo

You-you

There isn’t a hard edge to be found in the hut. Round walls slope into concave ceiling. Amoeba-shaped windows display the world outside: ferns, wavering in steam, and droplets dangling from speckled red toadstools. So vibrant, these exterior views could almost be cinemagraphs, mounted on soft grey walls, inside the climate-controlled seal.
Fiction
Featured image for “Weathering A Storm”

Tinker Babbs

Weathering A Storm

When the rain came, no one in Mossville, Georgia, could have ever imagined the Ohoopee River would spill over its banks and become the reason for so much tribulation. Everyone assumed a brand-new Army Corp of Engineers earthen dam would hold back the river for the next hundred years. But they were wrong.
Fiction
Featured image for “The Cave of Altamira”

Stephen Newton

The Cave of Altamira

In the final days of the Age of Dwindling Resources, Alejandra Sánchez, as young and fearless as a latter-day Joan of Arc marching to war, led a ragtag procession of nearly two hundred women from their city of Santillana del Mar to the sandbanks of Playa El Sable where they gathered to witness the end of the world.
Fiction
Featured image for “Together”

Jaime Gill

Together

We slept at gunpoint but woke up alive, so it was a good night.
For the first time since Bai disappeared, I didn’t dream of monsters. I dreamt I was in my tiny childhood bedroom and my mother was alive and calling me for a pungent dinner I could smell wafting from the kitchen, sweetness and spice.
Fiction
Featured image for “Beatniks of the Kerosene Age”

J. M. Platts-Fanning

Beatniks of the Kerosene Age

Captain’s Log: The last stage of our short Kerosene Age is upon us. Stationed here, at the Rainbow Rides Fairgrounds, the end we’ve all been anticipating is now wetting the souls of our feet. Our best estimates place us only a day ahead of the imminent deluge.
Fiction
Featured image for “<em>You</em>-you”

Benjamin Hollo

You-you

There isn’t a hard edge to be found in the hut. Round walls slope into concave ceiling. Amoeba-shaped windows display the world outside: ferns, wavering in steam, and droplets dangling from speckled red toadstools. So vibrant, these exterior views could almost be cinemagraphs, mounted on soft grey walls, inside the climate-controlled seal.
Fiction
Featured image for “Weathering A Storm”

Tinker Babbs

Weathering A Storm

When the rain came, no one in Mossville, Georgia, could have ever imagined the Ohoopee River would spill over its banks and become the reason for so much tribulation. Everyone assumed a brand-new Army Corp of Engineers earthen dam would hold back the river for the next hundred years. But they were wrong.


The Long Read


New Poetry & Fiction

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Ben Raterman

The Storm

The storm swept up a week’s worth of clouds and binned them far to the east into the sea. Tanya stood in the doorway, surveying her yard. Cool mountain air entered her lungs—though she lived far from any mountain—and the sky was clear and blue.
Fiction
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Brian Demarest

By the End of a Rope

Erik received the news of Pappa’s death in the summer of 1979 while he was away teaching philosophy courses at a study abroad program in Paris.
Fiction
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Reyna Marder Gentin

Luca

Nobody wears flip-flops in the middle of December, but when Luca called at two in the morning, they were the only shoes I could find. I stood shivering in the street outside his house in my pajamas with a fleece thrown on top, my toes turning red.
Fiction
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Lawrence Bridges

“The Winters of the Sun”

Like a title that keys no theme
Except an atmosphere, I slip into my clothes.
A doorknob, a checklist, a podcast
On an unsolved murder.
Poetry
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J. Parker Marvin

“Crisp the Surface”

Shards of invention over
crisp dirt :: secreted
mouths whisper about
asexual
union and definitions :: small
Poetry
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Lumina Miller

“Takers”

Picking at the bones,
they feed from residual
ligaments left
post quiet carving

began with disinterest
proceeding to tsks tsks then
disregard
Poetry
Featured image for “The Storm”

Ben Raterman

The Storm

The storm swept up a week’s worth of clouds and binned them far to the east into the sea. Tanya stood in the doorway, surveying her yard. Cool mountain air entered her lungs—though she lived far from any mountain—and the sky was clear and blue.
Fiction
Featured image for “By the End of a Rope”

Brian Demarest

By the End of a Rope

Erik received the news of Pappa’s death in the summer of 1979 while he was away teaching philosophy courses at a study abroad program in Paris.
Fiction
Featured image for “Luca”

Reyna Marder Gentin

Luca

Nobody wears flip-flops in the middle of December, but when Luca called at two in the morning, they were the only shoes I could find. I stood shivering in the street outside his house in my pajamas with a fleece thrown on top, my toes turning red.
Fiction
Featured image for ““The Winters of the Sun””

Lawrence Bridges

“The Winters of the Sun”

Like a title that keys no theme
Except an atmosphere, I slip into my clothes.
A doorknob, a checklist, a podcast
On an unsolved murder.
Poetry
Featured image for ““Crisp the Surface””

J. Parker Marvin

“Crisp the Surface”

Shards of invention over
crisp dirt :: secreted
mouths whisper about
asexual
union and definitions :: small
Poetry
Featured image for ““Takers””

Lumina Miller

“Takers”

Picking at the bones,
they feed from residual
ligaments left
post quiet carving

began with disinterest
proceeding to tsks tsks then
disregard
Poetry

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Pamela Cottam

A Gathering of Crows

Tom Cuthbert opened his garage door. A light snow topped the denuded branches of his crabapples and lay like a pale gauze over his yard. Winter’s depressing, steely-hued clouds clung tenaciously to the lake and its surroundings, still chafed about the warm air that had broken their hold a few weeks earlier.
Fiction
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Ruth Langner

White Winter

—Come here. Closer. I know you love a good story, but the thing is…this is a long story…no, it’s not even a story…it’s a complete fugazi!
Fiction
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Michael Washburn

Hero of the Unsung

The Bourbon Restoration had a dark cool ambiance and friendly young servers and was a hit with local professionals. No matter that its name evoked antediluvian attitudes. After a couple of visits, Chuck Sullivan decided it was his favorite place to go after work.
Fiction
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Samuel Gilpin

“I Need Yesterdays” and “If Only to Look”

reprieve thickening
in threatening
the still winter light
encrusted as a high
gray sky in thickness
turning in another silence
as in the waiting
Poetry
Featured image for “A Gathering of Crows”

Pamela Cottam

A Gathering of Crows

Tom Cuthbert opened his garage door. A light snow topped the denuded branches of his crabapples and lay like a pale gauze over his yard. Winter’s depressing, steely-hued clouds clung tenaciously to the lake and its surroundings, still chafed about the warm air that had broken their hold a few weeks earlier.
Fiction
Featured image for “White Winter”

Ruth Langner

White Winter

—Come here. Closer. I know you love a good story, but the thing is…this is a long story…no, it’s not even a story…it’s a complete fugazi!
Fiction
Featured image for “Hero of the Unsung”

Michael Washburn

Hero of the Unsung

The Bourbon Restoration had a dark cool ambiance and friendly young servers and was a hit with local professionals. No matter that its name evoked antediluvian attitudes. After a couple of visits, Chuck Sullivan decided it was his favorite place to go after work.
Fiction
Featured image for ““I Need Yesterdays” and “If Only to Look””

Samuel Gilpin

“I Need Yesterdays” and “If Only to Look”

reprieve thickening
in threatening
the still winter light
encrusted as a high
gray sky in thickness
turning in another silence
as in the waiting
Poetry
Featured image for “A Gathering of Crows”

Pamela Cottam

A Gathering of Crows

Tom Cuthbert opened his garage door. A light snow topped the denuded branches of his crabapples and lay like a pale gauze over his yard. Winter’s depressing, steely-hued clouds clung tenaciously to the lake and its surroundings, still chafed about the warm air that had broken their hold a few weeks earlier.
Fiction
Featured image for “White Winter”

Ruth Langner

White Winter

—Come here. Closer. I know you love a good story, but the thing is…this is a long story…no, it’s not even a story…it’s a complete fugazi!
Fiction
Featured image for “Hero of the Unsung”

Michael Washburn

Hero of the Unsung

The Bourbon Restoration had a dark cool ambiance and friendly young servers and was a hit with local professionals. No matter that its name evoked antediluvian attitudes. After a couple of visits, Chuck Sullivan decided it was his favorite place to go after work.
Fiction
Featured image for ““I Need Yesterdays” and “If Only to Look””

Samuel Gilpin

“I Need Yesterdays” and “If Only to Look”

reprieve thickening
in threatening
the still winter light
encrusted as a high
gray sky in thickness
turning in another silence
as in the waiting
Poetry