“The Laws of Motion” by Nikki Giovanni in Poetry. “The problem with love is not what we feel but what we / wish we felt when we began to feel we should feel / something. Just as publicity is not production: seduction / is not seductive”
“Pathology of Violence” by TJ Sandella in The Rupture. “it's what makes us human / isn't it”
“Wipe That Smile Off Your Aphasia” by Harryette Mullen. “as fax machine as one can imagine”
“Width of a Witch” by CA Conrad in The Volta. “the kind of children we deserve who rob us in our sleep / we never need to believe in anything again / they take our car and money and head for the beach”
“I Do Have A Seam” by Jamaal May.
“Would You Come Back?” by Nadia Tueni. “like a throat seized by cattle who devour a sunray”
“Work Boots: Still Life” by Jim Daniels in Poetry. “laces droop / like the arms of a new-hire / waiting to punch out.”
“The Minnesota Goodbye” by Ralph Pennel in Elm Leaves Journal. “You know what you’d say about black holes, how you don’t believe in dark matter, how what we’re not seeing is God, how God is always a choice we’re close to making.”
“Highbury Park” by Liz Berry. “I envy them, these lovers, dark pines between their knees”
“Dream Duets” by Matt Reeck in Conjunctions. “All manners of disguise failed to conceal the badger at the costume ball.”
“Hair” by Emily Jungmin Yoon in Evening Will Come. “like I have a reason / for being a color at some place & at some time / and there is a straight line between bad and goodness / on which I lay my unbeautiful body precariously.”
“Elegy in Translation” by Meg Day in Poetry. “Forgive me my deafness now for your name on others’ lips: / each mouth gathers then opens & I search for the wave”
“Jonathan Franzen Freedom” by Mark Baumer.
“Then” by Stephanie Ford in They Will Sew the Blue Sail. “our borrowed / stars go by and why,”
“Poem About Alabama” by Kirby Johnson in Gone Lawn. “I was asked if I liked Alabama and I said, yes I've masturbated everyday. I've danced alone in the dark heat of my room.”
“Instructions for Banishment” by Jon Sibley Williams in Figure 1. “I know regret is just another form of lust.”