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


By | Poetry

A gut-check cringe away from hope—a taste laid wide against the tongue that I can’t swallow— and you’ve already flown the paths I follow.

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

The Hunt

By | Fiction

The summer I turned twelve, my dad shot a cat from the back porch doorway, killing it with just one pull of the trigger.

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

Personal Diary: Same Day, Same Month, Different Year

By | Fiction

Public riot provided by the audience. “You call that music? You call that ballet? You call that art? Let’s scream so loud, the dancers can’t hear the music. Let’s throw punches and fall into the orchestra pit.” And they do.
Phillip Border

“A Wellspring of Empathy”: A review of You Do Not Have To Be Good by Madeleine Barnes

By | Book Review

Phillip Border reviews You Do Not Have To Be Good, a debut poetry collection by Madeline Barnes.