Open Mic at Tony’s Bar and Grill

By Tracey Knapp

There’s a man with the rope of a cowbell curled
around his Captain Morgan. He whispers his poems
from a stack of papers, sees your own and nods,
buys you a drink. No conversation needed.
Another person adjusts their blonde wig and quietly
sings Mi mi mi mi meeeee repetitively. You wonder
what song they’ll actually sing—their wig slightly off tilt.
A man cradles his ukulele like a baby. Everyone stares
into their drinks, performing their rehearsal, rubs
the dark worn wood of the bar. You doodle stars
on your pages. Half the people here will only show up
once. No one will tip, and they’ll leave their empty glasses
on the sticky tables, their printouts of songs and poems
on the floor. You were the first to arrive, not thinking
to stop home and put on something more formal
than yoga pants. It doesn’t matter. There is some
common urge to perform whatever thought you have,
to share with these strangers. It’s Sunday night
and raining. Why sit alone silently on your faulty couch
with the endless drone of 60 Minutes on the television,
the single-serving life of pasta and tomato sauce, the rain
driving the ants into your kitchen? Someone taps
the microphone, says HELLO, HELLO. The wig rises
to the stage, sings “I Fall to Pieces” unconvincingly.


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A Working List

By Tracey Knapp

  1. Tell your online boyfriend your real age.
  2. Sweep the seeds and leaves from the porch. The winds were harsh last week.
  3. Practice sneezing more quietly. Stop the throat-scratch hacking. Who
    could sleep next to that?
  4. Why are you still single? Ask your friends. They know everything about
    your failures.
  5. Dump your shitty friends who can detail your failures verbatim back to you.
  6. Do the dishes. Remove your socks from the bed sheets.
  7. Bobby pins are not Q-Tips. Baby wipes are not bathtubs.
  8. Commit to eating like a person. With other people. Stop wasting your
    money on wine and prepackaged food at the 7-Eleven.
  9. Spend more time talking to yourself outdoors at night when stoned.
  10. Stop drinking wine. Stop drinking. But only when alone. Except if you
    were drinking with people beforehand, and you came home to your dog.
  11. Watch less TV. Except, re-watch the movie Frances Ha. You are a dancer,
    and you have dreams.
  12. All those goddamn books you buy and barely open.
  13. Make the world more beautiful! Take one earring, preferably dangled and
    missing its mate. Hang it from an old nail or forgotten hook. A quiet,
    lucky place.
  14. Quit losing earrings. Quit earrings. Quit things.
  15. Put your old jeans in a box and then the attic. And someday when you
    move into a new bright house with a new love, you’ll pull them out, thin
    and mothy, you’ll delight: I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! THEY ALMOST FIT!
  16. Grow things. Give away things. Give away your neighbor’s excessive
    lemons. Your tight jeans.
  17. Recycle more. Stop hoarding the little gifts that someone gives you when
    they kind of liked you because they barely knew you. The broken ceramic
    rabbit isn’t even emblematic.
  18. Appreciate your one good knee, your moisturized cuticles, and the hair
    that grew back on your head after you got rid of that fucking IUD.
  19. Reach into that folder of old letters pull out the one with the nicest paper.
    Don’t read it. Just touch it and let it be the cramp in the gut of all the
    people who used to love you by hand.
  20. Celebrate your old-man dog. In the following order, give him: a walk, a
    scratch, a bath, a treat, a nap, a brush, a walk, a treat, a nap.
  21. Write down a list of what you could do to be your best.
  22. Narrow it down to ten.

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Entropy

by Tracey Knapp

Featured Art: Life by Simona Aizicovici

 

All those times I crossed the bridge to see you

and not one lap dance. We haven’t held hands

since that time in the rain forest, chanting Lord

knows what in Sanskrit. I saw my first wild boar there but

even he took off for the brush. Someone always ends the

moment. Another call dropped on your iPhone,

the cosmic forces at work. My dog sighs and stares

at my flip-flop from his pillow. At work, the office is

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Entropy

by Tracey Knapp

Featured image: Félix Vallotton. Five O’Clock, Intimacies VII (Cinq Heures, Intimités VII), 1898. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

All those times I crossed the bridge to see you
and not one lap dance. We haven’t held hands
since that time in the rain forest, chanting Lord
knows what in Sanskrit. I saw my first wild boar there
but even he took off for the brush. Someone always ends
the moment. Another call dropped on your iPhone,
the cosmic forces at work. My dog sighs and stares
at my flip-flop from his pillow. At work, the office
is separated into orderly earth-toned cubes.

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All-Time Table of Contents


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POETRY

A Mind at Home With Itself by Marcia LeBeau

A Covered Dish by Katie Condon

Poem in the Romantic Tradition by American Adult by Katie Condon

Befuddled by Kim Farrar

The Classical Archaeology of My Skeleton by Michael Derrick Hudson

On Finding Out My Genome Includes About Three Percent Neanderthal DNA by Michael Derrick Hudson

Sonnet with Acne and Hawk by Robert Thomas

Bad News, Baby, Good News, Dog. by Britt McGillivray

Deep Nostalgia by Peter O’Donovan

Scene of the Crime by Peter O’Donovan

The Cabbage by Peter O’Donovan

The Last Day of America by Benjamin Grimes

Despots by Peter Maeck

Black Site by Peter Maeck

Adrift by Peter Maeck

A View of the World by Linda K. Sienkewicz

Snapchat at the Magical Arctic Puffin Exhibit by Shelly S. Cato

Graduation Day by Ian Christopher Hooper

Nobody wants to hear about other people’s dreams by Nina Reljic

A Flaw in the Mirror by Ted Kooser

A Stained Glass Window by Ted Kooser

Dancer by Ted Kooser

Alone by Ted Kooser

Picking Up After the Dead by Ted Kooser

Mimicry by Allison Funk

What Else the Grapefruit Said by Sharon Kennedy-Nolle

Chain of Custody by Sharon Kennedy-Nolle

October by Hannah Sullivan Brown

Not Seeing Lorca’s House by Hannah Sullivan Brown

Chiba by Amy Alvarez

In Jezero Crater by Kate Gaskin

Lightning Dragons by Kate Gaskin

Mukahara by Jessica Poll

Our Eyes Can See Colors that Don’t Exist by Lisa Alletson

205 Bistro by Brock Guthrie

Future Perfect by Susan Kress

Nothing Will Happen by Jeff Tigchelaar

A Day at the Museum by Kathleen Holiday

A Fortune in Trades by Cecelia Hagen

Open Mic at Tony’s Bar and Grill by Tracey Knapp

A Working List by Tracey Knapp

Absolution by Kathleen Loe

Tapping by John Bargowski

Upcountry Detour by Sydney Lea

The hardest part of losing her mother in 2020 by Nancy Miller Gomez

My Family by Nancy Miller Gomez

Cultural Appropriation by Nancy Miller Gomez

Siren Song by Nancy Miller Gomez

Watching the Wind by Roger Mitchell

After Petrarch by Emily Wheeler

The Missing Poem by Emily Wheeler

Vernal Equinox by Kari Gunter-Seymour

FICTION

Doppel by Max Bell

The Dog Run by Anne Cooperstone

Callejeros by A.J. Rodriguez

The Hofstetters Go Back to the Hotel by Will Kelly

Keepsakes Tanya Bomsta

Abu Hani’s Middle Eastern Foods and Gifts by Sarah Cypher

NONFICTION

Winter by Faith Shearin

One of Us and The Other by Lisa Buchanan

FEATURE

An Interview with Kari Gunter-Seymour


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POETRY 

Ode to the Fresh Start by Susan Blackwell Ramsey 

Entropy by Elton Glaser 

A Summer Wind, a Cotton dress by Kate Fox 

4D by Jon Fischer 

Heron of Plastic Bag by Jon Fischer 

What the Drawing Explains by Jon Fischer 

Spring Reflection by Stephanie Choi 

In the Garden by Kelly Rowe 

Garden Sitting by Jennifer Dorner 

Raw Numbers by Jasmine V. Bailey 

Ocean City, New Jersey by Jasmine V. Bailey 

All Animals Want the Same Things by Jeanne-Marie Osterman 

Encore by Maura Faulise 

Heels by Justin Rigamonti 

Anne Lester by Emma Aylor 

Mt. Athos by Emma Aylor 

We Don’t Die by Darius Simpson 

Essentials by Todd Boss 

Tracers by Todd Boss 

He Divides His Time Between by Todd Boss 

At the Coffee Shop on Rogers by Robert Wood Lynn

The Delay by Emily Sernaker 

January Dispatch by Emily Sernaker 

Palm Beach International Airport by Roy Bentley 

Tapestries by Jennifer Schomburg Kanke 

She Asks Me, Who is Roger? By Chrys Tobey 

Me/n by Sarah Jones 

Incubus by Emily Nason 

Doctor’s Office Behind Plank Country Store, Feet in Stirrups, I Think my Grandmother’s Hand Deveining Shrimp by Emily Nason 

Sertraline by Emily Nason 

Widow’s Weeds by Courtney Huse Wika 

San Francisco Bay View, November 2018 by D.R. Goodman 

Moon Facts by Dan Pinkerton 

Exile by Margot Kahn 

Ditch by David Thoreen 

Prayer to Mercury by Justin Jannise 

Ordinary Ode by Michael Lavers 

Unvocation by Michael Lavers 

Three Buttered Muffins by Michael Lavers 

November Elergy by Michael Lavers 

Great by Emily Blair 

The Emperor of Mashed Potatoes by Emily Blair 

Pomegranate by J.C. Scharl 

An Answer Without a Question by Robert Cording 

Koi Pond: Failed Meditation by Robert Cording 

Doves in Morning Fog by Robert Cording 

Everett Avenue Facing East by David Gullette 

The Unanming by Hadara Bar-Nadav 

Saturday by Ruth Baumann 

epitaph for time travel by Amy Bagwell 

Amends by Samantha Padgett 

Dark Forces by Tara Orzolek 

kind of by Dylan Ecker 

Prairie Box by Peter Krumbach 

Last Request by Theresa Burns 

A Fox by Ted Kooser 

FICTION 

How to Peel an Orange by Stephanie Wheeler 

Albuquereque Sunrise Ashley Hand 

Violent Devotion by Gwen Mullins 

Landfall by Jermey Griffin 

Fetus Egg by Annie Trinh 

The Sisters Jeppard by George Choundas 

Before He Made love He Made Light by David Lerner Schwartz 

NONFICTION 
The Frozen Shoulder by Rose Strode 

Swamp Lunch by John Hazard 

FEATURE
Poets on Children’s Literature 

The Lady Whispering Hush by Pichchenda Bao 

When The World’s Worst Readers Met The World’s Worst Children by Marcia LeBeau 

Worth the Wait by Jared Harél 

Love for the World: The Poetry of Frog and Toad by Sunni Brown Wilkinson 

“Because they grow up/and forget what they know”: On the Strange Wisdom of Children’s Poetry by Erin Redfern 

You Are What You Read by Adrienne Su 

Over and Over by Sarah Green 

The Fabric by Jeff Tigchelaar


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POETRY

The Time Traveler Chooses by Emily Blair

An Arrival Point by Emily Blair 

Broken by John Glowney 

The Other Big Bang by Mason Wray 

Gone by Jennifer Burd 

Ruthless by Emily Lee Luan 

When My Sorrow Was Born by Emily Lee Luan 

I Was Startled It Was Death by David O’Connell 

Love Song by David O’Connell 

We’re Thinking of the Black Hole at the Center of the Galaxy by David O’Connell 

America as a History of Arterial Circulation by Alison Powell

Force of Habit by Kathleen Winter 

What is There to Do in Akron, Ohio by Darius Simpson 

It Was As If We Were on Vacation by Jen Ashburn 

Self-Imposed Exile by Lucas Cardona 

Invisible Bodies by Aza pace

Daughter Poem by Lisa Dordal 

A Coyote Runs Down Michigan Avenue by Sara Ryan 

Circumstances and Disappearance by Sara Ryan 

the grove again by Aurora Lee Shimshak 

Chickens in Your Backyard by Miriam Flock 

Live From the Met by Miriam Flock 

Another Refugee Poem by Pichchenda Bao 

I’m Only Dancing by Chris Ketchum 

Love Letters by Susan Browne

Icarus by Robert Cording 

Epistle to Myself on my 70th Birthday by Robert Cording 

Ode to the Impossible by Matthew T. Birdsall 

(R)egret by Danusha Laméris 

Anachronism by Terese Gleason 

Blue Camaro by Owen McLeod 

The Elks at the Watering Hole by Steve Myers 

Aubade From the Snake Pit Alehouse by Maggie Glover 

Something Implausible by Gregory Djanikian 

Prenup by Marcia LeBeau 

Eleventh Anniversary by Marcia LeBeau 

Lucky by Marcia LeBeau 

The Love Poem by Marcia LeBeau 

Fulminate by Kimberly Johnson

Fusion by Kimberly Johnson 

Ode to the Wild Heart by Mary Jo Firth Gillett 

Thursday Night, DivorceCare by Jana-Lee Germaine 

The Measuring by Veronica Corpuz 

The Bees by Rick Viar 

how we end by Paula Harris 

sisters by James Lineberger 

Tree with ice, under amber light by James Lineberger 

North River Shad, c. 1910 by Lindsay Atnip 

Long Division by Jessica Tanck 

Last Night I Told a Stranger by Mary Leauna Christensen 

Life Through Glass by Jonathan Duckworth 

Polar Bear by George Bilgere 

The Scar by George Bilgere 

Homecoming by Christopher Brean Murray  

Currency of Survival by Natalie Taylor 

Gothic by SM Stubbs 

Jesus and My Way of Seeing Him Go by Jeanie Walker 

forecast for tomorrow says snow by Bernard Ferguson 

My IRS by Adam O. Davis 

The Arachnologist by Benjamin Gucciardi 

Left Light by Emily Tusyznska 

Night Train by Emily Tuszynska 

Awe by Peter Krumach 

Amtrak Psalm by Craig Van Rooyen 

“Take the Neck Step Against Aging” by Craig Van Rooyen 

Requiem with “Little Wing” by Craig Van Rooyen 

FICTION 

The Names You Choose by Nicole VanderLinden 

The Ways You Lose by Samantha Edmonds 

Memorial Day on Fire Island w/ Laughing Buddha by Ed Falco 

Prime Cuts by Lara Palmqvist 

We Are the Bachelorettes and We Insist by Susan Finch 

NONFICTION 

Exodus by D. Gilson 

There Will Be Salvation Yet by Tania De Rozario 

FEATURE 

On Ongoingness: a Conversation with Ada Limón and Jaswinder Bolina


NOR 27

POETRY

Someone Threw Down a Wildflower Garden in an Empty Lot in Newark by Theresa Burns

I propose we worship the mud dauber by Jessica Pierce

This is a Love Poem to Trees by Hannah Marshall

How I’ve Wanted You by Mark Anthony Burke

Wants by Chris Greenhalgh

Final Visitation by Dan Albergotti

Watching for You by Connie Zumpf

Run in such a way that you will obtain it by Justin Danzy

Interrogation Scene by Allison Elliott

What I Meant to Say by Emily Alexander

How it Ought to Be by David J. Bauman

St. Cuthman of Steyning by Edison Dupree

Stolen Hard Drive by John Moessner

No, Nothing by Daryl Jones

Suite Ending with the Middle School Symphony Orchestra by Erin Malone

Learning by Kelly Michels

The Pasture Ponds by John Bargowski

Tackle by John Bargowski

Knife and Salt by Justin Hunt

Smoke by Jerald Walker

The Worst Thing Ever Done to Me by Rodney Jones

American Horror by Jessica Alexander 

Chip’s Laundromat by Stephanie Rogers

Dear Sister of My Childhood by Stephanie Rogers

Tilt-A-Whirl by Nancy Miller Gomez

Bayou Newlyweds by Rome Hernandez Morgan

Fireworks: Albuquerque by Kate Fetherston

Lap Dance with No Ending by Kathleen Balma

Photo of Betty at Mass Ave and Third by Mark Kraushaar

Layover by Caitlin Cowan

When a Friend Writes of her Pregnancy by Josephine Yu

When the Doctor Calls After the Final Round of IVF by Josephine Yu

CVS by Erin Redfern

The Wild Barnacle by Billy Collins

Cahoots by Suzanne Cleary

Brief Guide by Suzanne Cleary

Thinking vs. Feeling by Katie Brunero

Sonnet with Hound and Sequins by Robert Thomas

When They Were Handing Out Superpowers by Robert Wood Lynn

God Is Going to Be Late to the Party by R. Bratten Weiss

New Year’s Resolution by R. Bratten Weiss

Immediately Following Mandatory Happy Hour with the Boss by Molly Kirschner

Saturday by Veronica Kornberg

Ode to My Pink Bathroom by Julie Danho

Love, Again by Sarah O. Oso

Rodeo by Sarah Brown Wilkinson

Palacios by Mark Alan Williams

Free Association by Henrietta Goodman

Second-Hand Tongue by Tamara Miller

Donovan by Susan Browne

FICTION

Squids by Liz Breazeale

The Tour by Erica S. Arkin

The Problems of the Wild by Abby Horowitz

Miss USA 2015 by Yxta Maya Murray

FEATURE

Machines, Mortality, and the Lyric Poem by Bethany Schultz Hurst

The Transitional Voice: Exploring Susan Blackwell Ramsey’s “Ode to Texting” by Claire Bateman

The Technology of the American Sonnet by Brian Brodeur

On Language, Bombs, and Other Things That Exist by Kimberly Grey

Of Seeing, the Unseen, and the Unseeable: Technology, Poetry, and “When it Rains in Gaza” by Philip Metres


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2019 CONTEST WINNERS

IN FICTION

Coyotes by Terri Leker

IN POETRY

The Flash by Jennifer Givhan

IN NONFICTION

Promised Lands by Christie Tate

POETRY

Sad Rollercoaster by Jared Harel

The Men at Snowbowl Teaching Their Daughters to Ski by Henrietta Goodman

Lisbon Haibon by Melissa Oliveiera

The Summer Before Your Birth by Christine Fraser

Keeping Warm by Faith Shearin

From a great height by Natalie Taylor

Goodly the Sum by Julie Hanson

Postcards by Eleanor Kedney

Virga by Joyce Schmid

On the First Day That Feels Like Fall I Think of Her Then, the Age I Am Now by Beth Marzoni

What If We Wake Up Dead by Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

Valentine by Susan Browne

No Good After Midnight by Jessica Hincapie

You Once Felt Gigantic by Jonathan Greenhause

Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning by Elton Glaser

Until We Do by Sydney Lea

Note to My First Wife by Steven Cramer

How Young Boys Survive the Ghetto: 101 by Taylor Byas

Sunday Service by Taylor Byas

Failing to Master the Art of Erasure by Wendy Taylor

Throwing Rocks by Wendy Taylor

At Sixty-Two by Dion O’Reilly

Liberal Father by Dion O’Reilly

Silbar by Dion O’Reilly

My Beautification by John Gallaher

Pollution by Amelie Meltzer

Meg Francis by Kate Sweeney

Love as Invasive Species by Ellen Kombiyil

Twilite Motel and Lounge by Mark Kraushaar

A Letter to My Former Employer One Week After My Untimely Death by Nancy Miller Gomez

Suspensions by Claire Bateman

The Virgin Mirror by Claire Bateman

Scatter by Claire Bateman

The Strategic Plan by Carrie Shipers

Rules of Order by Carrie Shipers

Questions for the Office of Public Relations by Carrie Shipers

When the AI Program That Writes Biographies for Every Human Who Ever Lived Gets Around to Writing Mine by Walker Pfost

How to Be Better by Being Worse by Justin Jannise

Wethersfield by Michael Pontacoloni

Moving the Piano by Kathryn Petruccelli

One Step by Betsy Sholl

Alexa by Ruth Bardon

The Oldies, at Island Pond, Vermont by Allen Stein

Morning Rig by Angela Sorby

The Dog in the Library by Catherine Stearns

Anti-Confessional by Catherine Stearns

Exile Queen by Bethany Schultz Hurst

FICTION

16 Days of Glory by Jill Rosenberg

Soda Money by Emily Johns-O’Leary

Melbourne Beach by Eric Boehling Lewis

NONFICTION

On the Walls by Julialicia Case

FEATURE

Kept in the Dark: Poetry, Collaboration, and Collapse in Pandaemonium and Tom and Viv by Matthew VanWinkle

Jean Cocteau and Orpheus: The Poet as Filmmaker by Steve Vineberg

Keep Me In By Keeping Me Out: Poetry On Screen by Carrie Oeding

A Personal Affair: The Making of a Poetry Film by Michele Poulos

Against Literary Biopics Generally, Unless, Maybe- But Definitely and Especially Against The End of the Tour by Kathryn Nuernberger

Beautiful, Brilliant, and Dead: Portraits of the Female Poet in Film by Danusha Lameris


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2019 CONTEST WINNERS

IN POETRY:

Quail on the Airfield by Ellen Seusy

IN PROSE:

Rabbit Summer by Jane Marcellus

POETRY

Work in Progress by Lance Larsen

Compost by Lance Larsen

No Blueprint by Mary Jo Firth Gillett

Poem for the Peony by Mary Jo Firth Gillett

Landscape with iPhone by Emily Mohn-Slate

Roost by Janice N. Harrington

Selling by Judy Kronenfeld

What is your favorite past time? By Robert Danberg

My Life Is Like This by John Mark Ballenger

Marriage Prayer by John Mark Ballenger

Manhattan Afternoon by Ansie Baird

Portrait of Love as Failed Vocabulary Quiz by Kristin Robertson

Toyota Yaris by Dan J. Vice

You Want to Go Back by Fleming Meeks

Miracle of Life by Joanne Dominique Dwayer

Shallow Person by Joanne Dominique Dwayer

Success by Tony Hoagland 

Sunday at the Mall by Tony Hoagland 

Learning Swedish in Secret as a Joke by Bobbie Jean Huff

You Are My Sunshine by Bobbie Jean Huff

Spring by Lauren Shapiro

Poem Beginning with “My Father” by Craig van Rooyen

Three Bells by Craig van Rooyen

Mailing a Letter by Dawn Davies

Graduation by Maria Nazos

I Go Back to Mykonos 1976 by Maria Nazos

Without Pain by Kelly Michels

Lucky by Steven Dawson

Repossession by Steven Dawson

Train Prayer by Steven Dawson

Then and Now, the Essex Street Market by Roger Mitchell

Thief by Owen McLeod

Confirmation by John McCarthy

In Dog Dreams by Karla K. Morton

Trattoria Tagliati, Positano by Karla K. Morton

The Illusion of Belief by Kate Fox

If Your Spouse Dies First by Stephanie Johnson

After the Date by Lana Spendl

World Order by Lesley Wheeler

Uncivil by Lesley Wheeler

Monarch by Kathleen Radigan

Drag Heavy Pot to Shed (Ars Poetica) by Janine Certo

FICTION

Recovery by Max Bell

Devil’s Advocate by Becky Hagenston

Tough Love by Paul Hansen

A Fistful of Dirt by Sujatha Fernandes

Bliss by Amber Wheeler Bacon

Flower World by Jeremy Schnotala

NONFICTION

An Oral History of Hands as Told to Me by My Grandmother by Mercedes Lucero

FEATURE

Shadow and Shine: Ohio in the Literary Imagination by Jana Tigchelaar

“On the Lip of Lake Erie”: Toni Morrision’s Ohio Aesthetic by Dustin Faulstick

The Importance and Depth of “Ohio” in Two Poems by Rita Dove and Ai by Marcus Jackson

Buckeye Sci-Fi: “Does Anything  Exciting ever Happen Around Here” by Christopher A. Sims

Sometimes a Vague Notion by David Armstrong


NOR 24

2018 CONTEST WINNERS

IN FICTION:

Return by Analía Villagra

IN NONFICTION:

Who’s Loving You by Kelsey Ronan

IN POETRY:

My Babysitter Karen B Who Was Sent to Willard Asylum by Jessica Cuello

FICTION

The Deluge by Alan Sincic

Real Things by Nicole Hebdon

Weanie Tender, PO by Jennifer Christman

Coach O by Robert Hinderliter

Here Comes Happy by Shauna Mackay

NONFICTION

The Uber Diaries by Kyle Minor

POETRY

My Hometown, the Hypothetical Guided Tour by Dan Wiencek

Trouble by Danusha Laméris

Bird by Danusha Laméris

Stopover on a Road Trip to L.A., 1981 by C.W. Emerson

We Have Got to Get Out of L.A. by Suzanne Lummis

To Inscribe by Anne Starling

Asking for a Friend by Emily Sernaker

Thing-Poem After the Social Event by Karen Benning

Talking by Christopher Brean Murray

Merriweather by Christopher Brean Murray

Happy Lamp by Catherine Carter

Soulmates by Peter Krumbach

Box in a Closet by Faith Shearin

On the Ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles by Kirsten Abel

Calling Annie Oakley by Kirsten Abel

Calchas Reading the Signs by George Kalogeris

Europeans Wrapping Knickknacks by David Kirby

My Father Visits Not Long After My Mother (His Wife Twenty Years Ago) Dies by Brock Guthrie

Leaf Blower by Alan Shapiro

Hole in One by Alan Shapiro

Closer by Alan Shapiro

Bay Sunday by W.J. Herbert

Stateline Lake by Arlyce Menzies

The Petrified Man by Pamela Davis

Ode on a Midlife VW by Craig van Rooyen

Interstate 5 Ode by Craig van Rooyen

Ode to My Backyard Gopher by Craig van Rooyen

Costco Ode by Craig van Rooyen

Naked, Fierce, Yelling Stone Age Grannies by Lisa Bellamy

Our Fathers by Lisa Bellamy

Moo by Chrys Tobey

Cockadoodledoo by Chrys Tobey

Women in Treatment by Theresa Burns

Calculations by Linda Hillringhouse

An Education by Molly Minturn

Wex in Totus Taggle by Owen Doyle

At the Wives’ Coffee by Abby E. Murray

Language Immersion by Jeff Walker

The Missing Friendship Network by Tony Hoagland

The Blackbird Whistling by Linda Bamber

Trees in March by Linda Bamber

Mango Languages by Linda Bamber

Near the Campo Aponal, on My Father’s Birthday by David Brendan Hopes

FEATURE

The Pursuit of Ignorance: The Challenging Figuration of Not Knowing by Tony Hoagland

The Power of Coldness by Tony Hoagland

The Wild Life of Metaphor: Prehensile, Triangulating, Insubordinate by Tony Hoagland


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FICTION

Roland Raccoon by Karin Lin-Greenburg

Wings of the Wind by Eliot Fintushel

No Moon Night by Marti Boone Mattia

The Blue Goodness by Maureen McGranaghan

Guardian by Rebecca Haas

No One Dies in Fiction Anymore by Kaj Tanaka

Swimmers by Bryan Fulton

NONFICTION

Of a Burrito de Buche by Patrick Mainelli

Haunting Houses by Jacqueline Doyle

This Is How It Will Feel by Jennifer Watkins

POETRY

Midnight at the Anaconda Wire and Cable Company by Sandy Gingras

Los Angeles, 1990 by Jerry Williams

May My Enemy Be Overcome By His Own Glitter by Laura Paul Watson

Google Map by Connie Zumpf 

Strangers I Think I Know by Connie Zumpf

Dancing Horses are Becoming More Beautiful and More Useful Every Day by Mari Casey

Not the Wolf but the Dog by Jacqueline Berger

Another Version of My Confession by Lara Egger

Day Residue in Winter by Wes Civilz

Dragonflies by Danusha Laméris

The Problem by Grant Clauser

Here’s the Plan by Patrick Meeds

My Younger Self Attempts Breakdancing at the Sadie Hawkins Dance by Kerry James Evans

Creed for Atheists by Matthew Buckley Smith

The Spiritual Exercises by Lisa Ampleman

The Jesus Bus by Melissa Studdard

Fez Postcard / Call to Prayer by Jacqueline Osherow

Blessed is He by Jeff Tigchelaar 

This Is a .50-Caliber Wound by Jeff Tigchelaar

Reverse Sculpture by Richard Dey

Free Will by Daniel Eduardo Ruiz

Arrangement in Gray and Black by Laurie Rosenblatt

Ye Are of More Value than Many Sparrows by Elton Glaser

April 21st by Billy Collins

The Card Players by Billy Collins

Made-up Saints by Claire Scott

Aubade with Looney Tunes by Matthew Luzitano

Tightrope by William Fargason

Loose Ends by Gregory Djanikian

Judgment Call by James Lineberger

In the Gas Station Bathroom with My New Son by Amy O’Reilly

At the Outpatient Clinic by Andrea Hollander

And Later I Will Forget About the Bread by Andrea Hollander

Confusion of Privilege by Tony Hoagland

Local News by Christopher Kempf

These People by Anele Rubin

Timeless Beauty by Brian Hall

Black Sesame by Adrienne Su

The News of Touch by Craig van Rooyen

A Small Prayer by Craig van Rooyen

FEATURE

Art is Long, Planets Short: The Lasting Power of Carol Ann Duffy’s “The Woman in the Moon” by Adrienne Su

“Gender’s Tidy Little Story”: On Stacey Waite’s “The Kind of Man I Am at the DMV” by Emily Mohn-Slate

What Essy Stone Done to Us by Anders Carlson-Wee

Speculative Solutions to the Political Poem: Ann Killough’s “Statue of Liberty” by Tony Hoagland

“Your Body Everywhere”: Time and Forgiveness in Carl Phillips’s “Since You Ask” by Chiyuma Elliott

“Arch-Talk” and the Postmodern Gall of Josh Bell and Mark Bibbins by Keith Kopka

Stumbling Into the Sublime: Claire Bateman’s “Another Poem on Blue” by Veronica Schuder

The Present Deeply: The 21st-Century Love Poem by Mario Chard


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POETRY

The Burden of Humans by Michael Lavers

I’m Trying to Write a Joyful Poem by Emily Mohn-Slate

First Train Ride Together: Northeast Corridor by Linda Bamber 

Zenyatta by Grady Chambers

Ending the Poem by Theresa Burns

Gentleman Caller by Elton Glaser

Waitress in an All-Night Diner, West Virginia by Rebecca Baggett

Bag Lady Muse by Rebecca Baggett

Laundromat by Ted Kooser

The Clipper Ship by Ted Kooser

Hilltop Cemetery by Brendan Cooney

Experiment. Kathryn Cowles. Metal, treadmill, button, psychiatrists, the artist. 2014 by Kathryn Cowles

Heart 2. Kathryn Cowles. Mixed media (tuning forks, megaphones, windmill, catapult, volcano, bathtub, confettied heat, tissue-paper flowers, flamethrowers, pianos, etc.) 2014 by Kathryn Cowles 

Topology by Christine Gosnay

Cedar Waxwing, Late November by John Hazard 

Yesterday, Northern Michigan, Interstate 75 by John Hazard

My Lifelong Relationship with God by Julie Hanson

The Thing About Dumb Jokes Is You Have to Be There by Emily Blair

Nest by Suzanne Cleary

Laundry by Robert Cording

At Milward Funeral Home, Lexington, KY by Jeff Worley

The Last Father Poem by William Varner

Meditation on My 44th Birthday by Jason Irwin

46 Years Old by Karen Skolfield

Walking the Dogs by Veronica Schuder

Lunatic, Time by Rachel Rinehart

There Was a Young Woman with Cancer by Susan Blackwell Ramsey

Ode to Texting by Susan Blackwell Ramsey

And Another Thing by Gregory Djanikian

You Are My Sunshine Alpay Ulku

On Rereading Madame Bovary at Forty by Erin Redfern 

A Brief History of Hunger by Mary Jo Firth Gillett

Happiness by Daniel Arias-Gomez

It’s a Sad Day That’s Full of Sadness by Peter Leight

Evening with Little Comfort by Caitlin Vance

James Bond by Eleanor Wright

My Mother’s Neck by Sarah Jones

Maintenance by David Gullette

Borges’s Farewell to Meadville, Pennsylvania by Stephen Myers

It Depends by Lisa Rhoades

Florida Man Throws Alligator into Wendy’s Drive-Thru Window by Mitchell Jacobs

The Reflex by Mitchell Jacobs

Villa Jovis by Aaron Baker

Seafaring by Marie-Elizabeth Mali

I Never Met a Flower That Yelled At Me by Julie L. Moore

Here Below by Sarah Carleton

Giverny by Emily Sernaker

FICTION

Delectable Hazards at the Animal Drive by Michael Chaney

Chosen by Hanna Halperin-Goldstein

Love’s Been Good to Me by Andrew Robinson

NONFICTION

The Getaway by Rebecca McClanahan

The Oregon Trail by Corey Van Landingham

2017 CONTEST WINNERS

IN FICTION: 

Clean for Him the Ashes by David E. Yee

IN NONFICTION: 

Sometimes the Mother Eats Her Young by Rachel Cochran

IN POETRY:

Where the Stars Are Hived by James Lineberger

Convocation by James Lineberger

FEATURE

Writing What You Know and Whom You’ve Known by Joey Franklin

What Binds Them Together by Rachel Peckham

More than a Vanished Husband: Jo Ann Beard’s “The Fourth State of Matter” by Holly Baker

Breakup, Break Down, Break Open: Intimate Partner Violence and Life Inside a Daily Ending by Sonya Huber

On Breaking Up with the Dream of Your Former Self: Megan Daum’s “My Misspent Youth” by Kelly Kathleen Ferguson

In Search of the First Person Singular by Ned Stuckey-French

On Natalia’s Ginzburg’s “Human Relations” Dinah Lenney


NOR 21

FICTION

Your Mother Wouldn’t Approve by Krystal Sanders

Some Things Rosa Can’t Tell Little Esmerelda by Barbara de la Cuesta

Year of the Rat by Lucas Church

Dune Cat by Winnie Anderson

Bodies that Drift in the River Flow by Scott Gould

At the Edge of Everything by Traci Skuce

NONFICTION

Princess Party by G.C. Esselstyn

Parents and Guardians by G.C. Esselstyn 

Loving by Numbers by Frances Orrok

Sneakers by Patrick Crerand

POETRY

Push by George Bilgere

Void Unfilled by George Bilgere

Horseplay by George Bilgere

I Tie My Shoes by George Bilgere

Stuff by Claudia Monpere

Facebook Sonnet by Tanya Grae

The Worn-Out West by Pamela Davis

And God Created Woman by Connie Voisine

What Kind of Man by Tony Gloeggler

What My Massage Therapist Girlfriend Discovers When I’m On Her Table For the First Time by Robert Wilder

A Race Car Made of Sand by Margot Wizansky

Miles by Craig van Rooyen

Mitigation by Craig van Rooyen

Parrots Over Suburbia by Craig van Rooyen

Steno by Mark Kraushaar

Fable by Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Other People’s Ranch Dressing by Kate MacLam

Nightmare on Elm Street by T.J. Sandella

Facebook Stalking My Ex-Boyfriends by Emily Sernaker

Advice by Emily Sernaker

Mawwage by Catherine Stearns

Marriage at 17 Years by Gary Dop

The Double by Gary Dop

Red Beans and Rice by J Spru

Safehouse by Sandy Gingras

My Mother’s Dogs by Sandy Gingras

Serenity Room by Linda Hillringhouse

Catpants by Richard Allen

The Meat of It by Michael Bazzett

Now the Truth Can Be Told by David Guttette

Nobody Can Pronounce the Name of This Volcano by Mike Wright

A Friend Encourages Me to Travel to South America by Mike Wright

Nomenomancy by Mark Wagenaar

Men’s League as January by Michael Pontacoloni

Midnight Snack with Leon by Darren Morris

Just Say No by Kelly Michels

Coronation with Plastic Flowers by Kelly Michels

Cousin Josh Goes Off on Food Stamps by Anders Carlson-Wee

Last Seen on a Milk Carton by Reese Conner

The Resort by Preston Martin

Detective Story by James Lineberger

Sunny Day by Joyce Schmid

Of Course Death by Roy Mash

FEATURE

On Being Asked to Contribute to the Villains Feature by Richard Cecil

Villainous Villanelle by Denise Duhamel

Milton’s Satan and the Grammar of Evil by Kimberly Johnson

The Pleasures of Browning’s Villains by Robert Cording

The Villain Who Shut Down an Epic by Jeanne Murray Walker

“Guilt as Magical”: Adultery as Poetic Villainy by Catherine Pierce

Maker and Prophet: Frank Bidart and the Mask of “Herbert White” by Mario Chard

The Unredeemed Villain?: Ai’s “Child Beater” by Denise Duhamel

Villains of Confessionalism by Kathryn Nuernberger


NOR 20

FICTION

How to Survive on Land by Joy Baglio

Moksha by Alexander Weinstein

The Killing Square by Michael Credico

Black Telephone by Robert Long Foreman

We Handle It by Gwen E. Kirby

Cooking with Fire by Cady Vishniac

The Genesee Towers by Kelsey Ronan

NONFICTION

At the Threshold by Marilyn Abildskov

Our Family Walks by N.R. Robinson

POETRY

Bobcat by Andrew Cox

Reno Redux by Ansie Baird 

Chino, California by Darla Himeles

Certain Things by David Brendan Hopes

She-Monster Gets Fired by Kim Farrar

Why It’s Hard To Write About My Brother by Kim Farrar

My Good Brother by Young Smith

Here There Was a Stool with a Crippled Leg by Young Smith

Gorilla by Young Smith

Bluebirds Are Cavity Nesters by W.J. Herbert

Anniversary Gift by Robert Cording

The Cave by David Gullette

Still by Alison Jarvis

Morning by James Tolan

November 1st by Chanel Brenner

January 12th by Heather Bowlan

Facebook Friends by Lisa Badner 

Parent/Teacher Conference by Lisa Badner

This Is Not an Obituary by Lisa Badner

Response to Medical Questionnaire by Graham Coppin

Furnished by Mount Sinai by Graham Coppin

Horse on a Plane by Joyce Peseroff

Ammo by Marc Tretin

Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring by Charles Hopper Webb

Watching Nature on PBS by Angela Voras-Hill

Full Disclosure by Emily Sernaker

History Will Remember by David O’Connell

The Potter’s Field by Amit Majmudar

The Skeleton in My Grandfather’s Closet by Peter Schmitt

Checkup by Daryl Jones

Bag It, Box It, Haul It Away by Jay Leeming

Black-Eyed Susan by Lisa Bellamy

Grounded by Claire Bateman

Ancient Stone Coin, Diameter Six Feet by Claire Bateman

The New Loneliness by Claire Bateman

Cake-o-Rama by Claire Bateman

Night Dodge by Jill Leininger

Abandoned Settlement by Christopher Brean Murray 

2016 CONTEST WINNERS

WINNER IN FICTION

Audition by Leslie Rodd

WINNER IN NONFICTION

A Creature, Stirring by Gail Griffin

WINNER IN POETRY

Henry’s Horses by Michael Pearce

The Pale Man by Michael Pearce

The Boy on the Ridge by Michael Pearce

FEATURE

Buzz Can Happen Here: Sinclair Lewis and the New American Fascism by Michael Mark Cohen

“This Time I’m Going to Fool Somebody”: Willie Stark and the Politics of Humiliation by Dustin Faulstick 

Take Me to Your Lady Leader by Kristen Lillvis

Of the People, for the People, by the Robots by Christopher A. Sims 


NOR 19

FICTION

The Stability of Floating Bodies by Craig Bernardini

A Meadow by Lee Upton

Necessaries by Tina Tocco

That Boy’s a Catch by Tina Tocco

Safety by Catherin Carberry

Chemistry by Michael George 

Old Married Couple by Robin Messing

A Million Tigers Who Aren’t Mad at You by Sandy Nietling

Siccita` by Stephen Jarrett

POETRY

The Most American Thing I’ve Ever Seen by Rich Smith

Letter to the Gone Lover, Late May by Laura Maher

Revery by Elisabeth Murawski

Prayer While Driving Home After My Yearly Physical by Robert Cording

Little Red Book by Jeffrey Harrison

Sky by Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Black Ants by Fay Dillof

The First Time We Went Camping by Fay Dillof

What I Remember Most by Robert Nazarene

Lieu d’hiver me`moire by Angie Estes

Stick Season by Sydney Lea

Good for What Ails You by Elton Glaser 

Phone Call by Stephanie Rogers

We Remember You for Now by Stephanie Rogers

Timestamps by Katie Condon

The Present by Billy Collins

A Box of Records by James Haug

My This, My That by Sarah Brown Weitzman

Pie by Michael Chitwood

Flipping Through King Leopold’s Ghost by Paul Carroll

Depleted Uranium and Other Facebook Posts by Okla Elliot

Night Blind by David Yezzi

Aubade by David Yezzi

Face to Face by James Lineberger

Here’s My Love Poem by James Lineberger

They Used To Be So Valuable They Were Free by Susan Blackwell Ramsey

Query by Sandy Gringas

When We Were Neanderthals by Chrys Tobey

Like A Fish Needs a Bicycle by Jessica Plante

Ibis by Meg Kearney 

Bank Shot by Greg McBride

Cousin Josh on His Lizard by Anders Carslon-Wee

Cousin Josh on Doomsday by Anders Carslon-Wee

White Earth, Minnesota by Anders Carslon-Wee

Jenny Perowski Is Ahead of Me in the Grocery Store Line by Julie Danho

Grammar School by Mark Belair

When Mr. Bridges Died by Mark Kraushaar

If I Could Have Your Attention by Jonathan Louis Duckworth

Directions by Matthew J. Spireng

The Rubaiyat of Omar Aqta by David Barber

Fantaisie by Donald Platt

NONFICTION

Etymologies by Krista Christensen

Critical Learning Period by Chelsea Biondolillo

FEATURE

I Second That Emotion by Rebecca McClanahan

Tell It Cool: On Writing with Restraint by Debra Marquart 

Staying with Argos: Odysseus and His Dog by A-J Aronstein

Yeats and Heaney: The Poetry Without the Pity by C.L. Dallat

Designs Less Palpable: Emotional Manipulation and Even-Handedness in Keats by Matthew VanWinkle


NOR 18

FICTION

Hardly a Word About the Vegetarian Lasagna by Thad Kenner

This Bed You’ve Made by Samuel Ligon

The Devil’s Best Friend by Vincent Poturica

Change in Hat or Glove Size by Darrell Spencer

The Villanos by Z.Z. Boone

Sometimes It Snows In Florida by Michael Cooper

A Whole Lot of Men with Guns by Jonathan Muzzall

Laura’s Brother by Ryan Ruff Smith

POETRY

Travel Plans by David Wagoner

Believe that Even in my Deliberateness I was Not Deliberate by Gail Mazur

Sintra by Gail Mazur

The Anatomy Lesson Bruce Bond

Girl with the Red Stockings by Julie Hassett

Drizzle Living by Michelle Boisseau

With the Roots of an Alp by Michelle Boisseau

Talking to My Dead Mother About Dogs by Stephanie Gangi

At the Columbarium by Jackie Craven 

After the Funeral by Holly Day

An Evolution of Prayer by Stephen Dunn

Lately I’ve Been Writing a Lot of Poems About Your Husband by Sarah Carson

Gray Whale by Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Aesthetics to Change the Way You Live by Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Plato and You by Christopher Flannery

This Contract is Complete by Kyle Norwood

Dear Reader by Dean Young

Get Out of Jail Free by John Gallaher

We Don’t Always Want What We Say We Want by John Gallaher

Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:PINK by Bryan Owens

Open Mic by Jesse Wallis

Accelerated Learning by Laura Read

Mute Swan by Fleda Brown

Leather Coat by Maxine Scates

New Regs by James Lineberger

Tag Sale by Scott Brennan

Against Silence by Andrea Hollander

My Mother Who Told Me by Martha Silano

The First Straw by Billy Collins

Sixteen by Mary Angelino

Blood Buzz, AZ by Shane Lake

My Mouth Versus Your Mouth by Devon J. Moore

Grace by Craig van Rooyen

Lost by Craig van Rooyen

NONFICTION

Sisters Peeling by Julie Henson

Manhandled by Tamie Parker Song

FEATURE

Conversation with Amy Bloom with James Miranda 

Conversation with Marie Howe with Brad Modlin


NOR 17

FICTION

Bonita Springs by Sam Duncan

The Abandoned by Chaitali Sen

The House That Griffey Built by Ian Denning

Smoke by Tom Cantwell

May B by Lois Taylor

We Are All Beyond Disgusting by Jill Kato

The Know-It-All by Jeff Spitzer

POETRY

Chandler Brossard by Kevin Prufer

Big Media by Kevin Prufer

Love You Excavation Work by Donald Platt

In Flight by Lloyd Schwartz

Tuesday Night by Corrie Lynn White

There’ll Be an Enormous Party by Patrick Ryan Frank 

Hooked by David Yezzi

Let by David Yezzi

By a Car Door by Mark Belair 

Brendan Lexicon by Brian Komei Dempster

Three Sacraments by Brooke Champagne

At the Narrows by Meredith Davies Hadaway

We Buy, Sell, Trade by Betsy Sholl

Summer Night by Suzanne Carey

One Solid Chassis Among Us by Susan Blackwell Ramsey

Looney Tunes by Nathan Anderson

The Day They Let You Go by Jocko Benoit

Inspiration by Mark Kraushaar

Rescue by Peter Leight

In the American Landscape by Peter Leight

The Lives of Puppets by Peter Leight

That’s Me Smiling in the Back Row by Elton Glaser

Venus Out on the Town by Shakira Croce

The Tenants of Feminism by Denise Duhamel

The Lake by Billy Collins

Alive by Lauren Hilger 

On His Way in Finding the World by Dennis Sampson

Rumors About Dread Mills by Rodney Jones 

The Ends of Stories by Karen Loeb

BBC by Mike Wright 

My Mother Comes to Dinner by Sally Bliumis-Dunn

To Think of How Cold by Eleanor Wilner

Underworld by Eleanor Wilner

Jester’s Cap by Brandon Amico 

Hum by Albert Goldbarth

Banality by Gregory Djanikian

Nowadays by Judy Rowe Michaels

Harping by Judy Rowe Michaels

Frog-Song by Tony Hoagland

Protection by Tony Hoagland

Fetch by Tony Hoagland

NONFICTION

Three Sacraments by Brooke Champagne

Regarding Isabelle Huppert by Tom Whalen 

Where My Father Went by Sandy Gringas

Someone Else by Sandy Gringas 

FEATURE (Uses & Abuses of Dialogue)

A Trompe L’Oeil for the Mind’s Ear by J. Robert Lennon

Staying on the Elevator by Peter Mountford 

Inside the Cave-Speak of Saunders by Leslie Daniels 

I Deserve Two Firing Squads: Dialogue and Conflict in Fiction by Robert Anthony Siegel

A Brief Personal History of Dialogue by Kelly Luce

The Dialogue of Gesture and Silence by Alyce Miller

Dialogue: The Footfall of Its Wandering by Darrell Spencer

That Dialogue Assignment by Rebecca Makkai



NOR 16

FICTION

Innocent by Michael Caleb Tasker

Last Call by Penny Zang

The Hag’s Journey by Kim Addonizio

Coins for the Ferryman by David Denny

Tutti Frutti for Me by Andrea Simon

POETRY

The Light Factory by Sandy Gingras

POOF by Sandy Gingras

Tenderness by Dorothy Barresi

What Those Who Qualify Receive by Dorothy Barresi

The Egg by Eric Nelson

Gun on the Table by Eric Nelson

My Life with Pines by Tom Wayman

Activity Room by John Bargowski

When Luck Turns on You by Mark Smith

When Time Slows Down by Lawrence Raab

The Road by Lee Ann Dalton

Intercession by Jennifer Luebbers

Union Camp Music by Daneen Wardrop

Late December by Jacqueline Osherow

Pavlov’s Dog by Derek JG Williams

Nationally Competitive Cheerleader by Lauren Higler

Mexico by Dana Goetsch

Mrs. Morgenstern’s Cocktail Party Fast-Paced World by Dana Goetsch

Photograph Albums by George Kalogeris

For My 1st Ex-Lover to Die by Francesca Bell

Dialing the Dead by Mark Kraushaar

The Game by Steven Cramer

Sitting in a Simulated Living Space at the Seattle Ikea by Abby E. Murray

Seafood by Amanda Williamsen

Quality Control by David Clewell

Crisis on Infinite Earths, Issues 1-12 by Bethany Schultz Hurst

The Soul All Morning by A.V. Christie

The Pain Suit by Claire Bateman

Tropospheric by Claire Bateman

Purchase by Claire Bateman

NONFICTION

What You Said; What I Meant by Susan Morehouse

Envy by Patricia Horvath

Whatever I Might Say by Sydney Lea

2014 Contest WInners (Selected by Aimee Bender and Alan Shapiro)

Winner in Fiction

The Undersized Negative by Robert Glick

Second Prize in Fiction

Small Boy by Joseph Scapellato

Winner in Poetry

So That is What I Am by Stephanie Horvath

Cades Cove Water Wheel by Stephanie Horvath 

Medicine by Stephanie Horvath

Second Prize in Poetry

A Theory of Violence by Jennifer Perrine

Embarrassment: from baraco (halter) by Jennifer Perrine

FEATURE (POEMS AND LITERAL TRUTH)

Should Poems Tell the Truth? By Lawrence Raab

Truthiness Demands by Daisy Fried

Where Are You Really Writing From? Reading and Writing Place and Experience by Adrienne Su

A Brief Response by Louise Glück 

Telling the Truth in Poetry by Carl Dennis

Pants on Fire by Kim Addonizio

“Father” by Michael Ryan


NOR 15

FICTION

The Darkest Part of the Cloud by Jessica Langan-Peck

A Toast in Cancun by Charles Haverty

Connect by Glen Pourciau

All Ages by Conor Broughan

Unemployable by Dustin Nightingale

Everything is Flammable by Ashley Wurzbacher

Happy Endings by Kevin Canty

POETRY

Fear of the Bird Migration by Darren Morris

My Keats Year by James Davis May

Mystery Object by Sarah Galvin

The Professional by Michael Bazzett

Fastball Shy by Mike Schneider

Sunrise with Hydra by Michelle Boisseau

Still Listening by Robert Cording

My Dead Father Remembers My Birthday by Lesley Wheeler

Patina by Mark Cox

Finality by Mark Cox

Expecting by Audrey Naffziger

Sex and Death by Judith Pulman

Holy Sonnets with the Father by Judith Pulman

A Distant Relative by Ryan Meany

Hook and Eye by Sarah Barber

Rome in Us by Thomas Grout

A Poet in Rome by Franco Pagnucci

Pythagoras by Bruce Bond

Bobcat by Mikko Harvey

At the Metropolitan by Ellen Devlin

The Museum of Might-Have-Been by Anne-Marie Fyfe

A Gift From Wales by Carl Dennis

Three Houses and a Wish by Linda Bamber

My Grandmother the Mohel by Barbara Hamby

If You See Something by Billy Collins

Kickboxing with God by Jeffrey H. MacLachlan

The Ideal Budweiser Customer Watches a Budweiser Commercial by Danny Caine

At the Precise Moment of Your Awakening by Matt Morton

Telling the Truth by J. Anna Luz

Á la Carte by Denise Duhamel

Aftermath in Brine by Elton Glaser 

Point of View by Jonathan Johnson

NONFICTION

Cups by Cecilia Pinto

At the Grave of Sadie Thorpe by Miles Harvey

FEATURE (BEGUILING BEGINNING IN FICTION)

On Lauren Groff’s “L. DeBard and Aliette” by Caitlin Horrocks

On Edward P. Jones’s “The First Day” by Marjorie Celona

On William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow by Maura Stanton

On Graham Greene’s “Under the Garden” by David Lehman 

On Barbara Comyns’s The Vet’s Daughter by Maud Casey

On Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” by Alyson Hagy

On Stanley Elkin’s “A Poetics for Bullies” by Tom Noyes

On Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha by Julia Glass


NOR 14

FICTION

Irgendwo, Nirgendwo by Dave Madden

The Tattoo Artist and the Barefoot Bandit by Pamela DiFrancesco

My Lovers #1-5, or Why I Hate Kenny Rogers by Donna Baier Stein

The Party by Ihab Hassan

Close Call by Tamara Dean

No Try, Only Do by Alan Rossi

POETRY

Joe’s Tax by Dana Goetsch

Looking on the Bright Side Back Then by John Brehm

Late January Protest  Against The Betrayers of The Dream by David Rivard 

Scooter by David Rivard

The Song of the Lark by Albert Goldbarth

At a Pet Shop by Tom Whalen

probity by Michael Casey

this is it by Michael Casey

For Claude Monet by Michael Casey

My Phoenix Period by Ellen Wright

Rats by Rosanna Warren

The Rescuer by Mary Di Luca 

The End of Parallel Play by Mary Di Luca

Attachment by Mary Di Luca

Delivering Christmas Dinner to My Daughter, Second Shift Charge Nurse on the Alzheimer Floor by John Bargowski

Up on Blocks by Jim Daniels

Revision by Catherine Freeling

The House by Brian Swann

The Novel by Brian Swann

All Eyes by Billy Collins

Divinity by Billy Collins

What Forever Means by Maria Nazos

My Father Works on Dying by Mary Parham

Memo by Todd Hearon

Reciprocal by James Davis May

The Star of “Interstate” by Chard deNiord

Kodachrome by Mark Cox

Alcohol by Mark Cox

No Picnic in the Afterlife by Mark Cox

Doing Demolition Work Again by Jamie Thomas

Sappho as Sibyl by Lynn Hoggard

Ichor by David Wojahn

NONFICTION

The Skirts and Blouses are Hatched by Tam Lin Neville

Seven to One by Eleanor Stanford​​

FEATURE (TRANSLATION CRUXES II)

Like a Struck Tuning Fork: On Translating Sound in Transtr​​ömer’s “The Station” by Patty Crane

On Translating Choctaw Poems by Marcia Haag

Sense and Serendipity: The Masochistic Art of Translating Surrealism by Mark Polizzotti

Finding the Just Name: On Translating Ismailov by Robert Chandler

Translating Thai Artist Wisut Ponnimit from Japanese to English by Matthew Chozik

The Stones and the Earth: On Translating Wieslaw Myśliwski’s Stone Upon Stone by Bill Johnston

On Translating Cavafy’s “Come, O King of the Lacedaimonians” by George Economou

The Homophonic Imagination: On Translating Modern Greek Poetry by Karen Van Dyck


NOR 13

FICTION

The Thing in the Trees by Anna Shearer

The Rules of the Game by Simon Barker

Fault Line by Margot Singer

The Tunnel by Kate McIntyre

The Lady from TV is Coming by Sabrina Jaszi

But it Moves by D.J. Thielke

POETRY

Not Ready for Our Close-Up by Elton Glaser

Ode to the Republic by Tony Hoagland

Namaste by George Bilgere

Snorkeling by Allison Funk

June by Michael Bazzett

Nothing by Lawrence Raab

A Beverage and the Weather by Isabel Brome Gaddis

The Nod by Kenneth Hart

Couples by Kenneth Hart

Never Better by Mark Kraushaar

Song for the Returning of the Year by Marcia Karp

Earning a Title by Jaclyn Dwyer

Sweet Spot by Ange Mlinko

How I Save My Husband’s Life by  Patricia McMillen

Dannon by Anya Silver

Deep Ink by Albert Goldbarth

Short Lists on a Diagnosis by Aran Donovan

A Simple Request by Patricia Corbus

Announcement: The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed by Dana Roeser

Night Party by Fay Dillof

The Difference Between Us by Jill Osier

My Chance by Marcia Karp

I Take the Bullet for Him He Knows by Mary Di Lucia

Keyring by Maura Stanton

Jonah by Maura Stanton 

Two Fuzzy Bees by Maura Stanton

First Place by Suzanne Cleary

1974: The Raspberries by Campbell McGrath

Recitations by Estanislao Lopez

The Call by Michael Chitwood

Title Search for the Italian Ashbery Book by Damiano Abeni

NONFICTION

Here in Marquette by Richard Hackler

Wheels by Ann Harleman

Whose Story is This? By Barbara Hurd

FEATURE (TRANSLATION CRUXES)

On Translating Virgil by David Ferry

from an alphabet of Proust Translation Problems: Z by Lydia Davis

On Translating Strand and Ashbery by Damiano Abeni and Moira Egan

On Translating Tolstoy by Rosamund Bartlett

On Translating Cavafy by George Kalogeris

On Translating Szymborska by Joanna Trzeciak

On Translating Eco by Geoffrey Brock


NOR 12

FICTION 

Fidelity by William Lychack 

Mr. Linsey’s Angels by Erika Seay

Play it by Ear by Claudia Peirce 

The Hittite by Alex Myers 

The Down by Mollie Ficek 

Animal Science by Michael Davis 

From The Secret Correspondence: A Novel of Novels by Tom Whalen

2012 Winner in Fiction: A Man’s Gaze by Elizabeth Buchannan 

2012 Second Prize in Fiction: Return of the Media Five by Maya Sonenburg

POETRY 

Rituals by Suzanne Carey 

My Father’s New Woman by Fleda Brown 

The Lawyer Formerly Known As Me by Craig van Rooyen

If Only I’d Met You Earlier by Adrienne Su

The Circus Lion’s Lament by Michael Derrick Hudson 

Animals by Brock Guthrie 

Appropriate Interjection by Brock Guthrie 

Might by Nate Pillman 

Dialysis by Emily Schulten 

Circe and the Baby by Janet McNally 

Chimera by Janet McNally

Dispensation by Johnathan Johnson 

Timeline by Amy Pickworth 

250 Rebel by Leslie Anne Mcilroy 

Clods of Snow by Eric Higgins 

Let Me Bore You With My Powerpoint by Lee Upton 

I Came Back From the East by Mark Neely 

The Sinking of the Library by Claire Bateman 

Aunt Lydia Tries to Explain the Many Worlds Theory by Sarah Lindsay 

Carnivorous Sponges of the Antarctic Ocean by Sarah Lindsay 

Radium by Sarah Lindsay 

The Banks of the Seine, Before the Divorce by Catherine Freeling

Making the Bed by Sarah Wells 

Haiku For a Divorce by Emily Leithauser 

Baltimore on Fire by Emily Leithauser 

Last Night Ferguson’s Caught Fire by Laura Read

2012 Winner in Poetry: Craigslist by Maya Jewell Zeller 

2012 Second Prize in Poetry: Whisper to the Coast by Christina Hutchins 

NONFICTION 

In the Second Month of Parched Land by Daiva Markelis 

En (E)spiral by Michelle Richards

FEATURE 

On a passage from Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women by Ann Harleman 

On a passage from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby by Ralph Lombreglia 

On a passage from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway by Elizabeth Searle 

On two passages by Lewis Nordan by John Dufresne 

On a passage from Pam Houston’s “Dall” by Melinda Moustakis 

On a passage from Raymond Carver’s “Chef’s House” by Bret Lott



NOR 11

DRAMA

Unicom by Tony Hoagland 

Poetry 

Old Love Poems by Denise Duhamel 

Clear and Cold by Lisa Ampleman 

The Muse of Work by Ellen Bass 

Dispatches From the Interior by Geoffrey Brock 

The Dark by Maggie Smith 

Lanterns by Maggie Smith 

Dhaka Nocturne by Tarfia Faizullah 

Cold Front Approaching by Jene Erick Beardsley 

Overflow by David Gullette 

Birds in Cemeteries by George Kalogeris  

Pelicans by Robert Cording 

Yet by Eric Torgersen 

Awake by Richard Schiffman 

Unfinished by Richard Schiffman 

Beach Towel by Alan Shapiro 

The Open Door by Alan Shapiro 

Tauromaquia by Deborah Casillas 

Standing on the Desk by Donna L. Emerson 

Back Flip by Dana Goetsch 

Trust by Liz Kingsley 

Clarence, Sunday Meditation Meeting at the Surf Club by Dana Roeser 

When People Watch You by Nathan Anderson 

Stupid Sandwich by Nathan Anderson 

Opening the Cottage by Christina Cook 

Funeral Service by Albert Goldbarth 

Away by Albert Goldbarth 

Child With Flower, 2011 by Albert Goldbarth 

Remembered Grace by Jim Daniels 

Speed of Light by Mark Irwin

Should I Take it As A Sign by Sue D. Burton

The Suggestion Box by Billy Collins 

Collaboration by Billy Collins 

FICTION

What you Find, When you Find It by Jeff P. Jones

Strapless by Z.Z. Boone

Zig Zag. Yeah. by Scott Kreeger

Crow by William Kelley Woolfitt

Wax Museumby William Kelley Woolfitt

The Swans by Anamyn Turrowski 

The Jaguars of Southtown by Amos Jasper Wright 

The Farm by Spencer Wise 

Everything Equal by Joseph Holt 

NONFICTION 

Throw it Up by Suzanne Richardson 

Take Your Trash and Let It Fly by Devin Murphy 

Intervention by Shannon Robinson 

FEATURE 

Preface to “Making It Up” by Ron Padgett

Woody Woodpecker Goes To Paris by Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Koch 

Some Remarks on Collaboration by Tom Whalen 

Love as Rehearsal for Writing by Lee Carroll 

Collaboration Queens (Or How The Chapbook, ABBA: The Poems, Came to Be) by Denise Duhamel and Amy Lemmon 

Changing the Record: A Poetry Collaboration in the ‘70s and ‘80s by Ron Horning and David Lehman 

The Story Behind Penguins by Patty Mitchell 

Where the Path Leads: Collaboration, Revision, and Friendship by Lawerence Raab


NOR 10

Poetry 

Layover by Erica Dawson

Entropy by Tracey Knapp

Women’s College by Kenneth Hart

When It’s That Time for Piranhas by Michael Derrick Hudson 

Writing Memoir by Melanie McCabe

After Rosenkavalier by Natalia Rosenfeld 

I Am an Emerging Poet by Ellen Wright

The Ante by Rodney Jones

The Morning Table by Albert Abonado 

Awareness by Daniel Hoffman 

Night Journey by Daniel Hoffman 

A Night’s Work by Marcia Menter 

Satori by Marcia Menter 

At the Family Graveyard by Catherine Freeling 

Collision by Catherine Freeling 

Ridge, Wedge, Ring by Catherine Freeling 

Saying Goodbye to Dad by Kate Fetherston 

Snow by Kate Fetherston 

Home Movie by Mark Kraushaar 

Maritime by Mark Kraushaar

Downloading the Meltdown by Elton Glaser 

In the Season of Early Dark by Elton Glaser

Solo in the Skeleton Key by Elton Glaser

One Day Your Parents Confess You Have a Twin by Todd Boss

Elegance by Fleda Brown 

Spring Cleaning by Laura McCullough 

The Marathon by Richard Cecil 

Traverse City by George Bilgere

Journal by George Bilgere 

Royalty by George Bilgere 

The Usual Way by Sydney Lea

Gaia’s Inn by Greg Delanty 

Slip by Jeffery Harrison 

Commuter Buddhist by Jeffery Harrison 

2011 Poetry Prize Winner: A Mile In by Julie Hanson 

2011 Poetry Second Place Prize Winner: Pretending to be Asleep & Owen and Paul by Angie Mazakis

Fiction 

The Last Speaker of the Language by Carol Anshaw 

Sixteen in Vegas by Anastasia Selby 

Massage Parlor by Patricia McMillen 

On the Strand by Dave Kim 

Hurricane Season by Julia Jackson 

A Gift by Patricia Ann Sanders 

Fuchsprellen by Rob McClure Smith 

Queenie by Jeff W. Bens 

2011 Fiction Prize Winner: The Rush of Losing by Daniel Larkins 

2011 Second Place Prize Winner: The Truest Thing by Emily Nagin 

Nonfiction 

Times Pieces by Susan Morehouse 

I Love Your Sunhat by Patricia Foster

Features

On 35 Shots of Rum by Claudia Rankine 

Antonioni at Nineteen by Jeffery Harrison 

Death, Cashews, and No Country for Old Men by George Bilgere

On Lubitsch’s Angel by Lloyd Schwartz 

On Tomorrow is Forever by Laurence Goldstein 

Acting the Truth by Linda Bamber


NOR 9

Poetry

Where Do We Go After We Die by Steve Orlen

Fly by Joyce Peseroff

Stage IV by Anya Silver

Leaving the Hospital by Anya Silver

Happiness by Ellen Bass 

What Comes Next by Maxine Scates

Shadow Crossing by Barbara Siegel Carlson

The Prize by George Eukland 

Match.com by Elizabeth Powell

Chemistry.com by Elizabeth Powell

Aubade with Mascara by Chelsea Henderson

Dear Doris Day by Pamela Davis 

The Lecture by Billy Collins

At the Mall by Carl Dennis 

Forever by Carl Dennis 

Engagement by Adam Sol 

The Ugly Law by Jillian Weise

Abundance by Chelsea Rathburn 

How it Happened by Chelsea Rathburn 

Wet Carpet Awakening by Kevin Stein 

In the Family by Catherine Freeling 

Playing my Part by Sharon Dolin 

Palimpsest by Todd Hearon

Hominid Up by Neil Shepard 

Any Time Soon by Joshua McKinney 

Mrs. Buddha Calls on Mrs. God by Patricia McMillen 

The Age of Iron by Tony Hoagland 

The Messenger by Tony Hoagland 

Fiction 

Elevator Roulette by Dan Moreau 

Luna de Miel by Melanie Unruh 

July 4th, 1984 by Maggie Mitchell

Survey of my Exes by Joseph Bates 

Amerikanka by Maria Kuznetsova

Soul patch by Tom Noyes 

Nonfiction 

Solstice by Maya Sonenburg

Ancient History by Adam Gilbreath 

The Two Lances by Scott Nadelson 

Features

On Susan Wood’s “In America” and Dana Levin’s “The Nurse,” by Wayne Miller

On Carol Ann Duffy’s “Rapture” and Michael Laskey’s “Offering,” by Helena Nelson

On Mark Strand’s “The Idea” and Dennis Schmitz’s “Kindergarten,” by David Rivard


NOR 8

Poetry

Bell Tower by Dean Young

Pear by Emily Wheeler

Honeycomb, Calling by Albert Goldbarth

Smallish by Albert Goldbarth

End Times by Albert Goldbarth

Minding Rites by David Yezzi

How to be Sad by Laura Read

Extracts from the Consoler’s Handbook by Amy Gerstler

Misterioso by Sydney Lea

Heroic by Lawrence Raub

A Giant Bird by Kevin Prufer

The Ruins by Knute Skinner

Her Sister by Knute Skinner

Ocean State Job Lot by Stephanie Burt

Here, Pulling by Daneen Wardrop

More Lies by Karin Gottshall

Minneapolis by Campbell McGrath

Geography Lesson by Christopher Howell

All About Skin by Leslie Adrienne Miller

Carnival Nocturne by Mark Wagenaar

I’ll Meet You in the Isenheim Altarpiece by Terry Witek

Midnight Train by Karina Borowicz

On a Thursday Afternoon of His Life by Michael Chitwood

The Elements Will Have Their Way by Michael Chitwood

Introduction to my Latest Effort by Robin Hemley

Qu’est-ce qu’il y a? By Julie Hanson

Always a Little Something Somewhere in the Purse by Julie Hanson

Ankle Deep by Mary Christine Delea

Old Snapshot by Jay Rogoff

Illustration from an Early Reader by Nick Norwood

At Sea by Nick Norwood

Last Days of Antarctica Women’s Prison by Mary Di Lucia

Love by Stephen Dunn

Love Songs by Dana Goetsch

The Crypt on the Rock by James May

One Pearl by James May

Feeling Sorry for Myself While Standing Before the Stegosaurus at the Natural History Museum in London by Michael Derrick Hudson

Disintegration of Purpose at Cocoa Beach, Florida (Part 1) by Michael Derrick Hudson

The Businessman Cleans a Mermaid for His Supper by Michael Derrick Hudson

Valuable Lessons Learned on Delaware Bay After the Horseshoe Crabs Came Ashore to Spawn by Michael Derrick Hudson

Fiction

Critical Insect Studies by Tom Whalen

Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History: The Great Pyre of Egypt by Phong Nguyen

Too Much by Natania Rosenfeld

The Fake I.D. by Scott Garson

Is That You, John Wayne? By Scott Garson

Living with the Dead by Patrick Hicks

An Heiress Walks Into a Bar by Karen Brown

Communication with Distant Life Forms by Josh Peterson

The Red Bird by Joanne Fisher

Nonfiction

Putting Girls on the Map by Irene Keliher

Opera, or: Longing by Natania Rosenfeld

Features

On Grace Paley’s “In Time Which Made a Monkey of Us All” by Michael Griffith

On Jean Rhys’ “I Used to Live Here Once” by Sylvia Watanabe

On Rereading Gabriel García Máquez by Juliana Baggot

On Rereading Donald Barthelme by Peter Ho Davies

On Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Peter Turchi

On Virginia Woolf’s Orlando by Karen Brennan

On Paula Fox’s The Widow’s Children by Charles Baxter


NOR 7

Poetry

My Sky Diary by Claire Bateman

Tree Talk by Claire Bateman

A Pocket Introduction to Our Universe by Claire Bateman

What Bliss, When Exuberance Overruns Its Banks by Lance Larsen

Between the Heaves of Storm by Lance Larsen

Brushes with #3 by Emily Toder

Jenne’s Rose by Jacqueline Osherow

Given a God More Playful by Christian Wiman

Hermitage by Christian Wiman

Mysterious Neighbors by Connie Wanek

Possum by David Wagoner

Listen by Eric Schwerer

California Father by Colette Inez

The Woman Who Didn’t Know How by Maya Jewell Zeller

Help is On the Way by John Brehm

An Iris Murdoch Reader by John Drexel

Compline by Cynthia Huntington

Love Song (Lame) by Courtney Queeney

Knuckling Down by Dennis O’Driscoll

What I’ll Settle for by Sarah Grieve

Lonesome While Kissing by Jim Daniels

Two Satellites by Laurence Goldstein

La Vie Ordinaire by Mark Kraushaar

Cake by Mark Kraushaar

Bridal Shower by George Bilgere

Kalypso by Ernest Hilbert

Having intended to merely pick on an oil company, the poem goes awry by Bob Hicok

Even So by Richard Jackson

The Day After My Death by Jeff Worley

Another Poem After César Vallejo by Suzanne Lummis

House on the Lake by Liz Robbins

At the River View Café by Chard deNiord

Half-Acre by Kristen Staby Rembold

Horn by Robert Pinsky

Piano Lesson by Gregory Djanikian

I Want to Talk About You by Angie Estes

In my Dream, Coleman Hawkins by David Clewell

Grunge by Yusef Komunyakaa

A Poem Written Inside a Big Round Machine by Yusef Komunyakaa

Fiction

Ballade Pour Jardine by Nicole Lee

Her New Plan by Kevin Casey

Prostate Frank Finds True Love by Ron MacLean

Murray’s by Richard Dokey

Five Rooms by Christine Sneed

Nonfiction

The Last Litter by Melissa Cistaro

Men and Refrigeration by Heather Sellers

Waterfront Property by Barrie Jean Borich

Influence by Sydney Lea

Homer and Jazz by Ralph M. Rosen

Feature

Altered Views

From a Broken Ant-hill by Peter Campion

On James Merrill by Rachel Hadas

Resisting The Rape of the Lock by Laurence Goldstein

Cellular Change by Marianne Boruch

Tight Spots by Brad Leithauser

A Fish and a Pity by Steven Kramer

Self Beyond Recall by Eleanor Wilner

Just a Goll-durn Minute… by Stephen Corey

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers by Nancy Eimers

Disinhibited by Stephen Burt

On the Author of “The Paddiad” by Christopher Ricks


NOR 6

Poetry

Fame by David Gullette

Letter to Myself, in Remission, from Myself, Terminal by Anya Silver

The Stairwell by Knute Skinner

The Hot Dog by Knute Skinner

Objective Correlative by Ann Keniston

Takeout, 2008 by Denise Duhamel

Grimace by Heather June Gibbons

The Briefcase by Mark Cox

All that Shimmers and Settles Along the Roads of our Passage by Mark Cox

A Discreet Charm by Stephen Dunn

Superman at 95 by Gregory Djanikian

Life as Lucy by Lisa Bellamy

1959 by James Harn

Don’ Like by Charles Harper Webb

Dismantled for Goodwill, Our Son’s Crib Leans by Charles Harper Webb

Here by C. Wade Bentley

In the Light of Day by Tadeusz Różewicz

My Lips by Tadeusz Różewicz

High Noon by Eleanor Wilner

Good God by Mark Jarman

Anathema by Natasha Sajé

Aphorism Aporia by A.E. Stallings

Summer at Pitch 77 by Alex Green

They’ll Know When You’re Gone by Alex Green

Blue Door Option by Alex Green

Cherry Pop-TartsⓇ by Heather McNaugher

Only Hat by Julie Hanson

The Vacuum by Julie Hanson

The Whole of the Law of Our Human Vision by Albert Goldbarth

A Weather by Albert Goldbarth

“He held out his hand…”  by Albert Goldbarth

Bad by Stephen Cramer

November by Richard Cecil

Climber by Richard Cecil

Yet by Eric Torgersen

Scenario by Eric Torgersen

Sex by Michael Madonick

Screensaver: Pharaoh by David Wojahn

Why Men Don’t Write About Their Wives by Dennis Sampson

The Gray Museum by Sydney Lea

My Daughter’s Narcolepsy by Keith Taylor

Anthropomorphic Duck by Robert Wrigley

Horse, Alone, November by Joyce Peseroff

Fiction

Reverend Tyree (excerpted from the novel Haints) by Clint McCown

How Someone Can Not Recognize You by Aja Gabel

Nonfiction

Quite a Storm by Brenda Miller

A Permanent Home by Nicole Walker

The Mixer by Leslie Daniels

Foreign Excellent by Michelle Herman

Features

FICTION

The Animal Trade by Christine Nicolai

POETRY

Fireflies by Cecilia Woloch

Carpathia by Cecilia Woloch

STORIES THAT HAVEN’T GOTTEN THE ATTENTION THEY DESERVE

On Lucia Berlin’s “Maggie May” by Lydia Davis

On Gerald Shapiro’s “Bad Jews” by Stuart Dybek

On Stephanie Vaughn’s “Dog Heaven” by Carol Anshaw

On Donald Barthelme’s  “The School” by Max Apple

On Bernard Malamud’s “In Kew Gardens” by Alan Cheuse

On John L’Heureux’s “The Comedian” by Erin McGraw

On Gilbert Sorrentino’s “The Moon In Its Flight” by Robert Cohen

On John Fowles’ “The Ebony Tower” by Nicholas Delbanco

On Anita Desai’s “The Accompanist” by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

On Alice McDermott’s “Enough” by Tracy Daugherty

On James Kaplan’s “In Miami, Last Winter” by Steven Schwartz

On Mavis Gallant’s “The Remission” by Andrea Barrett

On Mavis Gallant’s “Mlle. Dias de Corta” by Francine Pose

On Robert Stone’s “Helping” by Jim Shepard

On Charles Baxter’s “Fenstad’s Mother” by Rosellen Brown


NOR 5

POETRY

Tool Box by Maura Stanton

Fortune Cookie by Maura Stanton

Penny Red by Maura Stanton 

On the Beach (1959) by Maggie Smith 

The Mood by Carl Dennis 

Recall Notice by Carl Dennis 

Things we Demand to Know by Glenn Shaheen 

Variation on a Letter from Schoenberg to Mahler by Nina Corwin 

On Velvet Turf by Mary Ruefle 

Helium by Mary Ruefle 

Dylan’s Lips by Michelle Boisseau 

It’s Fun to Feel Superior by Michelle Boisseau 

Feel Better by Mary Ann Samyn 

Give Me a Moment by William Olsen 

Cabbages Across the Manitou Island by William Olsen 

Indoor Municipal Pool by Alan Shapiro 

Downtown Strip Club by Alan Shapiro 

Wet Jade Someone by George David Clark 

To a Rose by Kim Addonizio 

Yes by Kim Addonizio 

Cocaine Saturday Nights by Stephanie Pine 

Pediment by David Gewanter 

Teddy Agonistes by Teddy Macker 

My Father Tells Me a Story by Tony Hoagland 

Migrants by Barbara Siegel Carlson 

Outbound Fall River 1967 by David Rivard 

Wordsworthian by David Rivard 

Free Period by David Yezzi 

I’m sorry it has nothing by Sydney Lea 

Early Life by Sydney Lea 

The Exegete by Terri Witek 

New World by David Baker 

Saint Monica and the Devil’s Place by Mary Biddinger 

Chrystal and Shane by Bridget Bell 

Sparrow by George Bilgere 

Whirlpool by George Bilgere 

Faculty Lounge by George Bilgere 

Breakfast with Salesmen Before the Poetry Reading by David Wagoner 

The Meeting by Catie Rosemurgy 

Omens by Kathleen McGookey 

The Ache by Kathleen McGookey 

After by Kathleen McGookey 

How She Lost Her Mind by April Linder 

Y at the End of It by Nancy Eimers 

Glacier by Nancy Eimers 

A Moment by Wislawa Syzmborska 

The Three Strangest Words by Wislawa Syzmborska

Little Girl Pulling Off the Tablecloth by Wislawa Syzmborska

The Puddle by Wislawa Syzmborska

A Note by Wislawa Syzmborska

ABC by Wislawa Syzmborska


FICTION 

Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry by Christine Sneed 

A Lost Ashtray by Edward Mullany 

The Number One by Ashley Cowger 

The Beard by Phil Edwards 

Barbeque by Roberta Allen 

From the Life of a Project Manager by Tom Whalen 


NONFICTION

Inheritance by Harrison Candelaria Fletcher 

Truck by Jerry Williams 

The God-Blurred World by Joe Bonomo 

Camouflage by Richard Robbins 

FEATURE 

Considering Wislawa Syzmborska

Thinking Out Loud by Lawerence Raab 

On Szymborska by Carl Dennis 

That Threshold (If It Is a Threshold) by Sally Ball

Vaster: Wislawa Syzmborska and Elizabeth Bishop by Kathy Fagan 

“Non Omis Moriar”: Reading Szymborska in Translation by Jennifer Clarvoe

On Szymborska’s “Travel Elergy” by William Olsen

To Keep On Not Knowing by Michelle Boisseau

 All the World’s a Stage: Some Thoughts on Szymborska by Rachel Wetzsteon 

Everything, All At Once by Marianne Boruch 

Heaven by Subtraction – Szymborska’s Skeptical Wonder by Tony Hoagland 

Influence by Sydney Lea

Homer and Jazz by Ralph M. Rosen 

Pantoum With Lines From Lucille Clifton’s Memoir by Angela Narciso Torres 

From the Archive: “Audition” by Leslie Rodd


NOR 4

Poetry 

Chefs by Claire Bateman

At the Dinner Party by Stephen Dunn

Mercy by Stephen Dunn

‘69 by Kathy Fagan

Constant Craving by Kathy Fagan

Birthday Party by Jack Myers

My Life by Jack Myers

Plans by Jack Myers

The History of Forgetting by Lawrence Raab

The Weed Wacker Makes Me Yearn for the Scythe by Lawrence Raab

Little Bird by Lawrence Raab

So Near Yet So Farby Angie Estes

Here Lightning Has Been by Angie Estes

Anderson Inside the Hurricane by Stefi Weisburd

Degeneration by Stefi Weisburd

Reunion by Bruce Weigl

The Last One by Bruce Weigl

Travel: Choler by Neil Shepard

Charlie Chaplin by Ryan Fox

Fantaisie Basque by Mary Di Lucia

Beauty Russe by Mary Di Lucia

Watchman, Tell Us by Michael Chitwood

Letter to a Feverish Child by Peter Mishler

Facing by Maya Jewell Zeller

I Enter an Ancient City in a Dream by Steve Orlen

The Purple Cloak by Steve Orlen

Damn the Manacle by Anne Shaw

Heroine in Repose by Rick Bursky

I Want Kalypso by Mitchell Metz

The Reversal by Billy Collins

Bathtub Families by Billy Collins

Chicken by Stephen Cramer 

The Night I Proposed by Peter Stokes

Haircut Talk by Peter Stokes by Mark Kraushaar

Third Street Muscles and Fitness by Mark Kraushaar

Fiction

Failight by René Houtrides 

Tableaux Vivants by Katherine Lien Chariot

Freesoil by Aaron Hellem

The Effects of Laudanum by William Todd Seabrook

Nonfiction

Loneliness: Fourteen Variations by Barbara Hurd

Bullies by Emily Douglas

Features

CONTEST WINNER

In Nonfiction

Eight Photographs by Kim Adrian 

In Fiction

The Way Lighthouses Work by Andrew Brininstool

In Poetry

Uh-Oh Time by Kenneth Hart

Having Not Heard Back from You by Kenneth Hart

The Way Things Look by Kenneth Hart

Frederick Barthelme Feature:

Sun Deluxe by Frederick Barthelme

Interview with Frederick Barthelme by Gary Percesepe

Rereading Frederick Barthelme’s “Shopgirls” (Minimalism and Prosaics) by B.W. Jorgensen 

Poets on Novels

On Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee by David Gewanter

On American Genius: A Comedy by Lynne Tillman by Robert Polito

On Mr. Mani by A.B. Yehoshua by Natasha Sajé

On Waiting by Ha Jin by Adrienne Su

On The Death of the Detective by Mark Smith by Mark CoxOn The Road by Cormac McCarthy by Rodney Jones


NOR 3

Unearthing the Sky by Claire Bateman

Intellectual Property by Claire Bateman

April 1: Dropping & Carrying by Claire Bateman

The Disappeared by Blake Butler

The History of Longing by Steven Coughlin

Dunes by Mark Cox

Wrong Time for Caution by Eric Freeze

What it Feels Like to Be This Tall by Dobby Gibson

Why I’m Afraid of Heaven by Dobby Gibson

Manifesto of the Disabled Text by Johannes Göransson & Joyelle McSweeney

From Home/Birth a lyric essay by Arielle Greenberg & Rachel Zucker

Election Day by David Gullette

Blonde by Tony Hoagland

Playboy by Tony Hoagland

Growth by Marc Elihu Hofstadter

104 by Rodney Jones

Feelings, by Ashley Higgins by Rodney Jones

From Nearest Istanbul by Phillip Kobylarz

Postcards by Kelly Luce

Incinerated with a Rose by Carole Maso

From Sonnagrams by K. Silem Mohammad

From Demosthenes’s Legacy (II) by Jonathan Monroe

From Coal Mountain Elementary by Mark Nowak & Ian Teh

In which I first discovered by Emily Pérez

The Bad Wife by Elizabeth Powell

The Ear of the Behearer: A Conversation in Jazz by Jed Rasula & Brent Hayes Edwards

Elegy by Bill Rector

From A Hundred Preambles by Ariana Reines

Nothing Stays Buried, Hector Flores by Andrew Michael Roberts

There Was a War by Andrew Michael Roberts

Miss Peach Considers #8: Reproduce by Catie Rosemurgy

Miss Peach Considers the Human Condition by Catie Rosemurgy

He and I by Natania Rosenfeld

Hampstead Heath: A Sketch by Natania Rosenfeld

From The Autochronotistics Epicycle by Paul Stephens & Robert Weston

It Was When by Cole Swensen

In Waves by Cole Swensen

Susurrus Stanzas (Sutro Baths) by Brian Teare

Truce by Jerry Williams


NOR 2

Neg by David Abel

Spirit Photograph by Dorothy Barresi

My Father’s Photograph by Jenny Boully

From Snow Sensitive Skin by Taylor Brady and Rob Halpern

Sock Monkey by Jennifer Bryan

The Sworn Unknown by Leslie Bumstead

Still: Dollar by Matthew Cooperman

Still: Winter by Matthew Cooperman

Still: Life by Matthew Cooperman

Wind by Michael Czyzniejewski

A text made of by Jill Darling 

From Talking out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman by Kass Fleisher

Psalms by Sandy Florian

To the Writer by Graham Foust

Resuscitation by Cal Freeman

Home Video of the Tiger Swallowing by Erin Gay

I Will Carve Like You’re on Fire by Johannes Göransson 

A New Quarantine Will Take My Place by Johannes Göransson 

Spiriting, Our Hive by Rob Halperm

A Conversation on the Objective Reading of Poems by Barbara Hamby, Kevin Prufer and Michael Theune

Notre histoire sinister by Michael Joyce

Une danse des rêves by Michael Joyce

From Scrambler: The (Un)Sheeted Mirror by Kenneth King

My Dark Places by Laura Larson

Girls̩ by Brian Lennon

Placebo and the Minutiae of Tiny Instruments by Clay Matthews

Water We Made Ourselves by Sara McKinnon

Decussation: Notes on the Quincunx; or, Autobiography; or, Another Place to Begin by Laura Moriarty & Brent Cunningham

From The Presence of Their Passing by Andrew Mossin

The Price of Silence by Jennifer Moxley

Day Poem by Mel Nichols

Day Poem by Mel Nichols

Charles Babbage’s Black Book Parsed via Brian Oliu by Brian Oliu

From The Powers of Sleep by Jacqueline Risset

Longing by Natania Rosenfeld (translated from the French by Jennifer Moxley)

Language by Tomaž Šalamun (translated from the Slovenian by Joshua Beckman and the author)

From Gozd in Kelihi (Woods and Chalices) by Porta di Leone (translated from the Slovenian by Brian Henry and the author)

Vases From Gozd in Kelihi (Woods and Chalices) by Porta di Leone (translated from the Slovenian by Brian Henry and the author)

The Five Enslaements: An Essay in Four Parts by Lisa Samuels

Something like a Buick by L. E. Smith

Jade Talks From The Spider Poems by Rod Smith

sprawl by Matthew Ira Swaye

V by Jon Thompson

XXIX by Jon Thompson

In the Yard with Clara by Nance Van Winckel

The Boy Who Ran Away from Me by David Wagoner

Walking along the Beach with a Five-Year-Old by David Wagoner

From One Way/No Exit by G. C. Waldrep

Berlin Wall / Buchenwald by Barrett Watten

The Doctor by Kara Westerman

At the Core by Corinne Wohlford Taff


NOR 1

Diary of a Journalist by Joshua Auerbach

Chaos Effect by Joshua Auerbach

Draft 68: Threshold by Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Draft 76: Work Table with Scale Models by Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Dinner Party by V.L. Bond

Tribute to Richard Pryor by V.L. Bond

Wiara / Faith by Andrzej Bursa (translated from Polish by Kevin Christianson and Halina Ablamowicz)

The Immortals by Rick Bursky

In Memory of the Rock Band Breaking Circus by Stephen Burt

Feathers of the Bird of Paradise by François Camoin

Prelude & Fugue by Tyler Carter

Sprocket vs. Cause by Tyler Carter

Blessing for Protest by Karla Clark

Psalm by Adam Clay

Sonnet (from “Stlyes of Love and Negation”) by Stephen Cope

Aboulia by Joshua Corey

Lithophobe by Joshua Corey

Public Poem by John Gallaher

The Disease of Clocks by John Gallaher

From Figures for a Darkroom Voice by Noah Eli Gordon and Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Treason by Allen Grossman

A Gust of Wind by Allen Grossman

A Kiss for You by Allen Grossman

From Adorno’s Noise by Carla Harryman

From Bicentury (New Rows and Locks) by Erika Howsare

Jewish Community Center of Houston by Lisa Jarnot

Alberta, Canada by Lisa Jarnot

From Bass Cathedral by Nathaniel Mackey

Tocqueville by Khaled Mattawa

From Nylund, the Sarcographer by Joyelle McSweeney

From Liner Notes by Andrew Mister

The Age of Dinosaurs by Rosalind Morris

The Pampering of Leora by Thylias Moss

World View by Thylias Moss

Affair-Proof Your Marriage: A Manual (Installment Seven) by Kirk Nesset

Dear Editor: 5 October 2005 by Amy Newman

Dear Editor: 30 October 2005 by Amy Newman

A Critical Exchange on Selected Poems Expanded Edition, Including Selections from Day by Day by Robert Lowell with a Foreword by Frank Bidart

Journal Excerpts by Tom Pickard

The Cigarette / La cigarette by Francis Ponge (Translated by Graham Foust)

The Candle / La bougie by Francis Ponge (Translated by Graham Foust)

Rain / Pluie by Francis Ponge (Translated by Graham Foust)

The Last Simplicity / La dernière Simplicité by Francis Ponge (Translated by Graham Foust)

From The Distance between Here&After by Kristin Prevallet

Snow White: Taxidermy by Donna Prinzmetal

Four Suggestions by Khadijah Queen

Excerpt from the Novel U.P. by Ron Riekki

Are We Alone? Is It Safe to Speak? By Mary Ruefle

Countryside by Zach Savich

From Conversations with My Father: A Meditation on Life and Death by David Shields

Hiding Places by Charles Simic

One Wing of the Museum by Charles Simic

You Are Only Half of You by Shannon Tharp

The Whole Scene Comes before Us by Shannon Tharp

From Truax Inimical by Rodrigo Toscano

Gnosis by Theodore Worozbyt

Beans by Theodore Worozbyt

Song by Dean Young

Rose Prick by Dean Young


Online Exclusives

December 2021

homecoming by Caro Claire Burke

Pill by Louise Robertson

On the Inadvisability of Good Decisions by Louise Robertson

Jetson Whirr by Louise Robertson 

Seven Ways to Get Blindsided in a Restaurant by Melissa Bowers

Ghosting by Emily Kingery

I Said Maybe by Allie Hoback

A Shark Story by Erika Warmbrunn

Reading the Ancients by Matthew Tuckner

Viriginity by Zuzanna Ginczanka

Zuzanna Ginczanka Biographical Note by Joanna Trzeciak Huss

Process by Zuzanna Ginczanka

Cocooned by Maud Welch

Prayer for Reconciliation by Kelly Rowe

What Will Kill Them by Christina Simon

The World by Hannah Marshall

Watching a House Renovation Show by Hannah Marshall

What is Mine by Claire Robbins

Nights of Noise by Rachel A. Hicks

Ms. Appalachia by Rachel A. Hicks

To Love Love the Beloved by Rachel A. Hicks

Stomach Pains by Danie Shokoohi

Compassion Fatigue by Mary Ardery

Crayola by James Lineberger

Kiddos by Leila Mohr

My Mother Meets the Cast of Hair by Adam Grabowski

If the manufacturer’s promise holds true, the new roof will outlast my father by Jessica Pierce

How to Choose a Mattress by Leslie Morris

Love, Dungeons, Magic, Dragons or Some Combination Will Save This Marriage by Marvin Shackelford

Clue Junior by Luciana Arbus-Scandiffio

I Have Two Moms by Luciana arbus-Scandiffio

Mr. Cosmos by Jill Christman

Poem for Paul Who Never Forgets My Birthday Even Though I Never Remember His by Alyssandra Tobin

I Love You Too, Bro by Alex Howe

Turn To Kristen Bell by Alex Howe

Domestic Chess by Andrea Bianchi

My Daughters Sometimes Dress as Ladybugs by Brian Simoneau

June 2021

Essential Worker by J.C. Talamantez

On Our Way Back From the Protest by Shawn R. Jones

Some Kind of Palace by Chrys Tobey 

I Had an Aunt by Joe Woodward

Sharp Shin by John Bargowski

Cursing Lessons by Jackie Craven

Carousel by Michael Henson

The Secret by Bridget O’Bernstein

The Last Vacation by Shannon C. Ward

La Malinche, La Llorona, and Cristine Ortiz by Micahel Leal García

Artist with Newborn by Riley Kross

Futility by Riley Kross

Superpowers by Bonnie Proudfoot

Reminiscences by Matthew Valades

On Seasons by Christopher Nelson

The Stick–Up by Dwight Livingstone Curtis

Gift by Matthew J. Spireng

Why You’re Going to Eat That Pelican by Jon Fischer

December 2020

In the Morning I Wake Up Feeling Unmoved by Emily Lee Luan

The Mooneyeds by Sarah Minor

Rhizomes by Tamara Matthews

Sevens by Deborah Thompson

No Most of the Time by Nick Reading

To Do by James Lough

Güerita by Julian Robles

Love and Homeostasis by Jessica Fiorillo

First Night at Super Paradise by Laura Linart

The Last Innocent Moment by Janine Kovac

The Terms of Agreement by Patrick J. Murphy

Rotten by Hannah Hoover

Beef Jerky That Makes People Sad by Mari Casey

suggestion box feedback from lovers/boyfriends/partners on how to improve myself, that I never asked for, and I know who you are because I recognise your handwriting by Paula Harris

In the Winter of my Sixty–Seventh Year by Susan Browne

June 2020

One Night by Jeff Knorr

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations: Dial 2 for Inmate Information by Jeff Knorr

We Can Fry Anything by Abby E. Murray

As Always by Robert Lynn

Fourteen Meals by Stephanie Early Green

I Should Know a Millionaire by Erik Wilbur

Preparations by Madeleine Cravens

The World We Wanted Shone So Briefly by Gail Martin

The Helms Man by Kathryn Jordan

The Pathologist’s Wife (or, When My Daughter Leaves the House I Will Go Watch Baby Sea Turtles Being Born in Savannah) by Jeff Tigchelaar

Laywoman by Jeff Tigchelaar

He’s Fine with a Little College (or, All Those Pups) by Jeff Tigchelaar

Smart Girl by Sydney Rende

Donna Was Not a Cat Person by Halle Ruth

You Start To Grow Old By Haolun Xu

Sacred by Shelagh Connor Shapiro

Second–Hand Tongue by Tamara Miller

Difference by Sara Moore Wagner

Iguana by Jim Cole

I Went, Running by Caroline Manring

Radiology by Kim Garcia

Olympia Traveller de Luxe by Robert Long Foreman

Sonnet with Hound and Sequins by Robert Thomas

Walker County Rites by Cheyenne Taylor

Self–Portrait as Minor Prophet by Craig Van Rooyen

The Universe is Just One of Those Things That Happens from time to Time by Jacob Griffin Hall

A Pocket Introduction to Our Universe by Claire Bateman

December 2019

Coyotes by Terri Leker

Revising Bosch’s Hell Panel for the 21st Century by Kelly Michels

American Bachelor Party by Conor Bracken

Red Flags by Whitney Collins

The Dock Hand by Kathryn Merwin

A Cure for Grief by Emily Franklin

Thresher Derby by Patrick Bernhard

Lunch Duty by Barry Peters

Lucy’s by T.J. Sandella

Deluge by Rachel Eve Moulton

Heartbeat Hypothesis by Robert Wood Lynn

Somewhere Outside of Loveland by Amy Bee

June 2019

Flight Lessons by Barbara Ganley

Just Like All the Girls by Francesca Bell

Elegy with Two Portraits by Dan Clark

SKIN by Janice N. Harrington

Wind & Sand & Stars by Matt Prater

Stage Four by Kate Wisel

Morning Commute with Revenant by James McKee

Holding On is [ ] by Kay Gram

Northern Flicker by Kathryn Jordan

Subject Matter Experts by Laura Jok

Bacon by Alan Sincic

Construction Paper Flags Tacked to a Primary School Bulletin Board by Adam Tavel

Now in Color by Jacqueline Balderrama

An Unordered List of the Not–Beautiful by Katie Pyontek

After Hours by Maria Nazos

Heat Index by Kerry James Evans

December 2018

Dark Matter by Caro Claire Burke

Hurricane, 3rd Day by Melissa Studdard

Love Story in an Alternate Universe in Which Small Talk Is Answered Honestly and in Detail by Daniel Paul

Surfacing by Kateri Kosek

Parliament Lights by Jonathan Durbin

Told You So by Craig Bernardini

In the Borderlands by Kateri Kosek

National Pastime by Daniel Paul

Europeans Wrapping Knickknacks by David Kirby

The Roots of Phobia Lie in History by David O’Connell

A History of Clouds by Christopher Brean Murray

A History of Clouds (Film) by Caitlin Morgan

Mexican Standoff by Dylan Loring

Aphorisms for a Lonely Planet by Lance Larsen

Box in a Closet by Faith Shearin

Slutty Rush by Frankie Barnet

ASL on Memory by Cody Wilson

from Real Things by Nicole Hebdon

Fugitive by Susan Ramsey

Lower by Gunnar Jaeck

June 2018

A Non-Orientable Surface by Mari Christmas

Special Days by Scott Koenig

Bit by LaTanya McQueen

Roses and Begonias; Or, Things That Can Crush You by J. H. Bond

Sidekicks by JP Gritton

At Bay by Tamar Jacobs

マ I 克 (ma-i-ke) by Warren Decker

The Red Bird by Joanne Serling

First Date by James Lineberger

Hilltop Cemetery by Brendan Cooney

Wings of Wind by Eliot Fintushel

The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest by Mark Williams

At the Edge of Everything by Traci Skuce


Mini-Issues

The Poetics of Blues (2019)

Perpetual Reckoning: An Interview With Kiese Laymon 

Obsession, Desperation, and Curiosity: A Conversation on the Poetics of Blues with Tyehimba Jess and Derrick Harriell

From the Archive: Jazz and the Blues in Poetry 

Horn by Robert Pinsky

I Want to Talk About You by Angie Estes 

Misterioso by Sydney Lea 

Piano Lesson by Gregory Djanikian 

Harmonica by Eleanor Kedney 

From the Archive: “Influence” and “Homer and Jazz”

Influence by Sydney Lea

Homer and Jazz by Ralph M. Rosen 

Pantoum With Lines From Lucille Clifton’s Memoir by Angela Narciso Torres 

From the Archive: “Audition” by Leslie Rodd

Dispatches from the Future: Tech Lit (2019)

Juvenile Federation of Genetically Modified Youth by Joseph Rakowski

reCAPTCHA by Jiordan Castle 

“Uber” and “Alexa” by Ruth Bardon

The Uber Diaries by Kyle Minor

Landscape with iPhone by Emily Mohn-Slate

Poems About Facebook 

Facebook Sonnet by Tanya Grae

Depleted Uranium and Other Facebook Posts by Okla Elliot 

Recovery by Max Bell

Love in the Time of Online Literary Exclusives (2020)

Late-Season Outdoor Wedding by Chelsea B. DesAutels

If French Kissing Was As Good As Promised Shouldn’t I Be Happy By Now? by Emmy Newman 

The Art of Longing by Emily Sinclair 

“Metaphor Offers the Promise to Move Us”: A Conversation with Nicole Walker, Author of Sustainability: A Love Story by Kay Keegan 

Couples by Kenneth Hart

Love You Excavation Work by Donald Platt

When We Were Neanderthals by Chrys Tobey

All That Shimmers and Settles Along the Roads of Our Passage by Mark Cox

Entropy by Tracey Knapp

Look by James Lineberger

Why Men Don’t Write About Their Wives by Dennis Sampson 

Solo in the Skeleton Key by Elton Glaser 

“Endangered Hawaiian monk seals keep getting eels stuck up their noses and scientists want them to stop” by Emmy Newman  

Marriage at 17 Years by Gary Dop

Animal Lit: A Shrewdness of Poems, a Parliament of Prose (2020)

I propose we worship the mud dauber by Jessica Pierce 

Delectable Hazards at the Animal Dive by Michael Chaney

The Dog in the Library by Catherine Stearns 

Ekstasis by Erika Brumett

The Problems of the Wild by Abby Horowitz

Y at the End of It by Nancy Eimers

Octopus on Ecstasy by Geneviève Paiement 

Dune Cat by Winnie Anderson

Critical Insect Studies by Tom Whalen 

Birds in Cemeteries by George Kalogeris

In the Second Month of Parched Land by Daiva Markelis

Monarch by Kathleen Radigan 

The Last Litter by Melissa Cistaro 

Roost by Janice N. Harrington

The Good Life by Susan Allison 

The Personal Political (2020)

What Comes Next by Maxine Scates 

Small Boy by Joseph Scapellato

Someone Threw Down a Wildflower Garden in and Empty Lot in Newark by Theresa Burns

Putting Girls on the Map by Irene Keliher

Mango Languages by Linda Bamber

Buzz Can Happen Here: Sinclair Lewis and the New American Fascism by Michael Mark Cohen 

“This Time I’m Going to Fool Somebody”: Willie Stark and the Politics of Humiliation by Dustin Faulstick 

Take Me to Your Lady Leader by Kristen Lillvis

Of the People, for the People, by the Robots by Christopher A. Sims