Seeking Sanctuary

by Jose Luis Gutierrez

Once again our lives are being
translated into fog which,
have you seen this morning,
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Punishment: Me Land

by Kevin Griffith

A man is strapped down,
down next to ankle-high hilltops,
trees made with toothpicks and moss.
Between his spread legs lies a parking lot, Continue reading

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The Darling Queen

by Ira Sukrungruang

 

The Brightest Room in the World

Nitaya wonders what her life would be like without her younger brother Martin. What if she was not an orphan, not a refugee, but the natural born child of Roger and Irene Williamson of Glen Ellyn, Illinois? Nitaya imagines herself with pale white skin and freckles. She imagines herself with red hair that undulates down her back, like her mother, instead of her short stray strands that limps over her shoulders. She imagines she can speak rapid fire English and read thick books like her father, who calls her his darling queen. Continue reading

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Volcano with Child

by Mary Kovaleski Byrnes

I climbed in there once, the sleeping mountain
warm from within and exhaling
through invisible fissures under my sandals.
And then the once-buried now-excavated city, Continue reading

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The Takeover

by Shane Pillay

A beautiful baby girl was delivered on a cold late December night. My wife and I were ecstatic. Now there were three. Creation is a wondrous thing.

“The future is ours to command,” said my wife. She was a gorgeous poet.

Several days later in January, I started my new job at EasyBaby. Strange coincidence – it was a startup that made easy-to-fit-and-wear baby clothes. As any parent would know, that’s an idea worth a billion hours. Babies move, babies struggle, babies cry – fitting on a bodysuit or jacket takes more than a fair share of effort. Easy-to-fit-and-wear baby clothes make dressing fun.

“So how is the new job?” asked my wife.
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