Issue 26

Fall 2020

The authors of our newest issue push and pull at language’s ability to explore the ties that bind us: to the natural world, ourselves, and each other. In this issue, you’ll read poetry that observes the orchestral dance of nature’s smaller creatures and poetry that magnifies the intrusions that halt such observation. You’ll find fiction that strives to archive the ever-changing world around us and both fiction and nonfiction that bravely confront the disappointments of our attachments while wondering what new forms of companionship might emerge through such shifting and loss. We are also excited to bring you five book reviews of recent independent titles, including a review of Nadeem Zaman’s first short story collection and a review of American Ash, AHP and CHR founding editor, Michael Simms’s newest collection of poems, reviewed by longtime CHR contributor, Gerry LaFemina.

Featured Content from Issue 26

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Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Anatomy of Morning

By | Poetry

And a cloud in the shape of a sister. This womb emptied of promise. That brief waking moment love has no synonym.

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Cartography

By | Poetry

I scramble for memory of space— hippocampus dialed in and dialed back—receding, swallowing whole boroughs, reducing whole moods to neighborhoods.

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

Where Pop Grew Up

By | Fiction

Personally, I thought Philadelphia was a beautiful place. But I had to confess something too. I needed light as much as I needed darkness. So on days like this, when the sky was somewhere in between heaven and hell, and the clouds were up there, loitering with bad intentions, it didn’t feel like it threatened my fate. I needed days like this, even looked forward to them. Explain that to somebody. 

Issue 26 | Fall 2020

My Daughter’s First Favorite Album Is Facing Future by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

By | Poetry

She’s much too young to understand our connection to Hawaii, the heritage we’re tied to by marriage and the bonds of ohana