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To Nica, With Love

By Laura Sweeney

In the midst of the monsoon
and the thousand year flood
my Nica nostalgia rises. Continue reading

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The Tallest Man (1681-1759)

By Nels Hanson

In a cave in Abington, Pennsylvania,

dwarf and hunchback, once common

sailor, Benjamin Lay lived alone. No

thing grown or made by slave labor

would he touch, instantly he walked

away from any supper if he learned

his host owned black slaves. Only Continue reading

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Object Permanent

by Jaimie Gusman

It is Tuesday. It is Sunday.
It is napkins and Windex
and garbage bags on Monday.

When I arrive the oven
is already on, burning
a place for her to stand. Continue reading

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Gauze

by Kevin O’Connor

The farmer had grown black oranges,
some with faces,

others with horns,
but all were bathed in light.

The clouds overhead his field
raced contrapuntally. Continue reading

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Nights with Oscar

by Walter Bargen

Diesel exhaust chokes the room. Engines work overtime.
Naked body pounds
against naked body. In perdition’s factory,
they push poverty’s gravity
another thirty days
and balance their lives with time-and–a-half.
The monthly paycheck a week’s resurrection.
Dark fumes, not just the windows open to the street,
but the oily rags of love ready to combust. Continue reading

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