Issue 29

Spring 2022

The 29th issue of Coal Hill Review examines a kaleidoscope of loss and the ways in which people face their realities and reckon with them. From fiction that explores the loss of innocence to nonfiction that records the fracturing of communities as old ways of existing clash with new ideas, and poetry that moves across thresholds and states of being, this issue traverses wide scopes of emotion with clarity and poignancy. Our pieces examine flaws and failures with open arms, and while there may not always be solutions to the ways people harm themselves or others, each work brings forth a cathartic expression of creativity in the face of decay.

Featured Content from Issue 29

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

Oscar’s Gift

By | Fiction

“Oscar can read people’s minds, like Professor X,” he said. “He knows liars.” He wore a big grin, smug and edentulous. We looked at Allison for an explanation. She had that dramatic pissed look only preteens can fabricate, overwrought as they figure out the plasticity of their own faces, and she grabbed a fistful of Garrett’s striped t-shirt, baring her teeth at him. 
Anastasia Walker

“A very inside eurythmy dance”: A Review of firegarden/jardín-de-fuego: poems by Gail Langstroth

By | Book Review

Anastasia Walker reviews firegarden/jardín-de-fuego: poems, a poetry collection by Gail Langstroth.

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

For RB and the Others

By | Nonfiction

In the days that follow, I am caught between the lingering somatic residue of the experience and the particulars of the new image. I call Mom and without preamble ask about my lost siblings. She speaks without hesitation, perhaps relieved to finally speak of them.

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

Wasabi and the Crow

By | Poetry

Alone on the beach under an empty sky, it all comes clear. You promised me vastness— and delivered, even before your irrevocable exit.