Category Archives: Poetry

Two Poems by Sara Henning

Picaresque with Lady Day and the Last Bad Lover Man She loved her gin like she loved to roll the tonic of velveteen burn in her mouth. Clench it there, until mourning doves, stifled and livid, swarmed. I look for … Continue reading

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Two Poems by Philip Theibert

Spring Training Worries Nothing serious just Arizona sunshine and escapees from the snow belt turning red drinking beer smug in their knowledge they’ve cheated nature but in the dugout pitchers worry about seasons spent in Birmingham Chattanooga Rochester about shoulder … Continue reading

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Two Poems by Maari Carter

For Sandy, Who Never Got Her Dance What you’re told: it was rat poison, a little more and she’d have thrown it up. Instead her mother decorates her grave out in Carrollton at Hickory Grove every Christmas, has for the … Continue reading

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“A Gangbanger’s Wake” by Dan Jacoby

boy almost seventeen buried on his birthday lay in his coffin in deaths wake they sat him up God and shot him five more times in the black back waters his mother weeps conceiving (Chicago, 1974, 102nd and Halsted) Dan … Continue reading

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“In All Things (A Pecha Kucha for My Future Son)” by Devin Kelly

in the south where the dead cover everything there are trees that are stained with sex. old oaks, ashen with the backs of black girls pinned down by long arms colored with the dirt of this earth. i am in … Continue reading

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“An Offering” by Ray McManus

A blurred church. A boy in the middle of a half-finished foyer. Plaster falls in slow motion like ash over rebar crosses. Boot. Wall. Fist. Boot. Wall. Fist. Boot. Wall. Fist. Dust falls over the open door, a silhouette. The … Continue reading

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Two Poems by Michael Dowdy

Confession of a Rap Fanatic They turned me out in mama’s mini-van. Maroon with bucket seats and tinted glass, her Astro bounced from Boom! to Bap! I slammed unlaced Adidas kicks at lust, I gave that blast the gas face, … Continue reading

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