Art

love letter – Hannah Maiden

Dearest one, you were

I asked you where the love goes when it is over
I am saddened, my love

The day I knew my dad would die
I called
in the cab to Brooklyn, sunny headache
afternoon
you were on the other side

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Art

JELLYBEANS & HAND GRENADES – Brooke Nicole Plummer

A cigar— cherry-tipped at the creek,
iced fog creeping around an abdomen of bark,
echoing acoustic vibrations under autumnal skyline,
post-shift luxuries pacifying being amorphous to society.

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Stories

Fascinating Friends – DJ Pendeja

When I was small, I started to notice and enjoy the presence of what most people consider pests. Flies, bees, crickets… Creatures who quietly moved into my kitchen or pantry without any consent to speak of – only to meet their demise when the siren raised by my mother ushered in the bottom of my father’s shoe.

At one of these raids, I was drawn to the dutifully trailing army of little black soldiers,

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Art

Purple – Suzanne Crain Miller

 

The year we had our first Thanksgiving

The one where you’d sit beside my sister’s black boyfriend

our turkey was purple.

A mishap of marinating it in apple cider in a

purple pillow case.

I called you that morning in a frenzy

asking if you thought the dye would bake out.

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