Mere Replication by Victor Marrero

      1                            The more life is given, the more it wants to take away. Its rending always rattles, most insistent for the originalwhen mere replication will not do. You wanted more than sculpture to turn faulty clay into flesh, the earth’s full bounty open to the sky. I had reason to withhold. So your handicap from the start:not apprehending why I halted revelation at the borderline of heartbreak from headlong reason in decline 2 In the … Continue reading Mere Replication by Victor Marrero

The Well by Sean Chapman

In what way are we all pullingfrom the same well?How deep do we goto draw these imagined watersfrom the dank cavernous depths?Each of us born to a body; tattooedby circumstance, that picked you or mewith a will as breezy and carefreeas a change in the wind.The hollow in our heads all cutfrom the same cheap cookie cuttershapes. What happens insidethese boundaries, how you cook itseems … Continue reading The Well by Sean Chapman

Po by Donna Dallas

PoRiverthat’s the name yoain’t none of yo businesswhat went downor underin that riverdark navyslick sucked you ingot stuck thereday after dayjoint after joint We had nowhere else to gobut PoRiver–been a meeting place for a hundred yearsthey said it’s named after Edgar Allen Poe’cause some boy was serenading a girl rightat this very spotat the river’s edge where the wackaweeds tangle and knotdon’t know what … Continue reading Po by Donna Dallas

#MeToo by Marissa Glover

SomewhereHarvey Weinstein is rottingin a cell, feeling sorryfor himself and blaming womenfor all the troublehis pecker and pride has caused.Epstein’s dead and rotting too.But what about the movie starsand mega-rich who keep makingfilms and money, who knew catswere being kept in gilded cagesand tortured for their skin—this fraternity of bystanders,the Cains who insist they are nottheir brother’s keeper. What about David, the IsraeliteKing, who commanded … Continue reading #MeToo by Marissa Glover

When He Tells You He’s a Bastard, Believe Him by Marissa Glover

Believe his stories of the past,the graves dug with eagershovels, filled to the brimwith bones. Don’t thinkof fairy tales, the motherlessgirls who marry a princeand live happily. Leave himin his reluctance. Let himstay buried in anger. RememberMera, Queen of Xebel,who spends an entire movietrying to convince Aquamanhe has what it takes to be a hero.And Daenerys, Mother of Dragons,rightful Targaryen Queen,who loses her throne—andher life, … Continue reading When He Tells You He’s a Bastard, Believe Him by Marissa Glover

All Learning is Remembering, by Maria Berardi

the difference between seeing these mountains as sceneryand making the attempt to know them,know one, or one trail well, anyway.Scenery is a backdrop for you, for your life,it is something to comment onand then discuss what is for dinner.And I don’t know these mountains.I live here. My life has taken place mostly here,it is knowledge not as information,but knowledge the way you know your cousin,or … Continue reading All Learning is Remembering, by Maria Berardi

loud eggs to get you the gotcha jump by J.D. Nelson

the wild monk sports the green nike altitude bootsthis is the brain to boggle bracket yoke was a line in the skythe fast cars of the earth I could go back and win the luckiesthis is the machine when we let go of the worldwhat do we get but the nothing collectible figures like methe clapping lobsters friendship levelsunderstanding the egg try the louder facesoft … Continue reading loud eggs to get you the gotcha jump by J.D. Nelson