The Life Expectancy of Shirts

by Zack Rogow

We outlive them, our shirts. Too easily they get
snagged by chain link fences,
or pockmarked by sauces
twirled with golden oils. Continue reading

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Working On It

by Taylor García

Slow days like this, I consider parking my van somewhere on Garnet Avenue to drum up business. It’s a good idea, but then I’d have to walk back home. Or I could just stay in Pacific Beach all day with the van, but without Pablo, it’s lonely. Plus, I can’t work on my art. I just finished “Closed Tuesdays” this morning. It’s an old wooden frame, the backdrop a combination of postcards we got from St. Croix, rum and beer labels, and fragments of Jimmy Buffet’s book. In the center is a small pile of real sand I hoisted from Frederiksted Beach, and on top of that is a tiny pirate’s chest I grabbed from a client’s kid. This piece would fit right in at that art market, Pangaea, in PB. One day I’ll have my own booth there to sell my work. I’ll call it “Soul Kitchen.” Continue reading

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Big Ideas

by K.C. Lichty

Her mother was full of big ideas. I’m going to join the Merchant Marines, she said, travel the world, she said, sail up the Amazon or the Volta or the Niger and pick cocoa beans right off the tree, make you the freshest, freshest hot cocoa in the world, she said. Instead, it was living with Tom in a gardeners shack behind a great white Plantation house overlooking the Potomac, a retired Merchant Marine, his comb-over sagging after his bath, naked beneath his towel watching from the doorway of the daughter’s bedroom. We’re Continue reading

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Typhoon Dujuan

by Douglas Cole

Awake in another world,
returning, again…
A mystery, a sterile hotel,
swimming in the huge pool
while the winds blow overhead,
the island still in my mind. Continue reading

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The Yes

by Elizabeth Cohen

woke up to the other side
smell of the crunch and cobble of late grass
bloom the morning
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