Issue 25

Summer 2020

Our Summer 2020 Issue demands that we pay attention; the pieces within ask us to intrude and listen. In this issue’s selection of poems, you’ll read pieces that attend to the wildness of daily life and explore experiences that range from sorrow and abandonment to wonder and urgent joy. In the fiction, you’ll find two speakers who are searching for something, though their process takes them on very different journeys, while our nonfiction engages with large life questions in gentle and nuanced prose. We’re also excited to include two book reviews, including one of a local poet published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and one former contributor to Coal Hill Review.

Featured Content from Issue 25

Issue 25 | Summer 2020

The Anesthesiologist

By | Poetry

But then what? Isn’t a little mystery the price we have to pay to see the magic? Yes, everything is a corrective to everything else.

Issue 25 | Summer 2020

Xyliphius Sofiae

By | Poetry

Imagine the gall not to need light at all, as if you, blindcat, were not breaking the surface of a subterranean lake, but floating in outer space.

Issue 25 | Summer 2020

Via Negativa

By | Book Review

A review of July Westhale's newest poetry collection Via Negativa published by Kore Press, reviewed by Michael Mercurio

Issue 25 | Summer 2020

The Jack Folder

By | Nonfiction

I never did ask how he had drowned the kittens. I dug a little grave in my mind to bury my stunned anger. For four months, we lived in limbo, working a series of odd jobs. I remember that time now as a sort of zombie period, both of us shuffling through the dark, waving our arms ahead of us but failing to find each other through the gloom.