“The Concept of Order,” “That Hurt” and “Wolfwomen”Jo Angela Edwins
As a species, humans
live their lives in degrees
of alarm. Mostly, for most
of us, there isn’t much.
The world spins exactly
as we have come to expect it,
and caught wherever
“I was a tourist from honey-milk land,” “Inheritance” and “Overflowing”Patrick T. Reardon
I was a tourist from honey-milk land,
and Sister heard my question underneath.
She had her own.
“Are you packing?”
That kind of place.
The nun hugged her wizened chest.
She was old then,
dead now, I’m sure, thirty years on.
“The Red French Balloon Proposal,” “Her Tear Ducts Were Fuel Cells” and “exspiro”Thomas Simmons
In 1979 or so
to Mars by the
USSR in 1971)
a new high
with an idea;
“Cursive,” “The Phone Calls” and “Death Can’t Stop the Rap”Louise Moises
A declaration from the district office
we will not be teaching cursive this year
no pens will be required, no extra paper
we will not be teaching cursive this year.
“Rose of Mary,” “Taking Christmas Down” and “Perigee”Holly Kelso
My mother’s pots of rosemary were tall, manicured
cones, broom swept earthy smelling evergreen,
flecked with lavender drops of blossoms
the shape of small hearts or lips,
she’d send me outside to retrieve a stem each time
she baked a chicken
“Ready to Go,” “So Carry On Still” and “Becoming”D. M. Armstrong
a wobbling chin and her deserted glance hit the floor
in agony where we stood together while we chanted
misery: “you’re an ordinary man.” her mouth wrenched
an unforgettable sound cataclysmic eruption of scattered
emotions, broken speeches, tired and beaten hope
we were once before and not anymore but why