vol. 61

Door

Barry Seiler

Who doesn’t have sympathy for the door / Forever separating the out from the in, / The here from the wherever?

Between the Cities of the Living and the Dead

Scott Atkinson

The boy was perhaps twelve—yes, twelve—and up to no good.  She could tell these things. He had a way of walking, an unperfected swagger he was still trying on like a pair of new and uncomfortable shoes.

Lullaby with Aftereffects

Marielle Prince

What window would be so kind / as this white wall, where soft focus // is a down pillow, where no wet eye reflects 

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