Issue 28

Fall 2021

As another year’s end quickly approaches, the poems, stories, and essays that invited us into Issue 28 offered reflections of this contemplative and transitional time. You will find poems deeply invested in exploring memory and those that note the importance of reveling in small, daily delights. You will find prose pieces that depict ways the current pandemic affects our lives as well as pieces that display a sense of hope in the face of loss. With three poetry reviews, Genevieve Hartman connects with Tariq Luthun in her review of the chapbook, How the Water Holds Me, Jose Padua explores self-preservation and renewal in his examination of Michael Simms’s new poetry collection Nightjar, and Sean Norton relates to Bobby Johnston’s debut, The Saint I Ain’t.

All the work included in the issue has a sense of connection—either seeking it, reflecting on it, or celebrating it. We hope you enjoy this issue and celebrate with us.

Featured Content from Issue 28

Issue 28 | Fall 2021


By | Fiction

The wind troubled the gap between her coat top and neck. She shifted the box to her left hip, fingers white and numb from the tight hold. Using her right elbow, she knocked on the driver’s window, her hand still clutching a coffee cup from the drive. A black Audi, he had told her. Two …

Issue 28 | Fall 2021

Blaire Road

By | Nonfiction

The road is called Blaire, and it runs through Blacklick, PA. Little Rachel divides the houses on Blaire Road into two categories: real houses, and fake houses. She lives in one of the fake houses—the kind you can put on a giant truck and haul down the highway.

Issue 28 | Fall 2021


By | Poetry

We taste transparent flames, the spices and fruits for which we have no names. Savor the bitterness of ausencia while we sever wrists. 
Sean Norton

Issue 28 | Fall 2021

Powerful Lessons: A Review of Bobby Johnston’s The Saint I Ain’t

By | Book Review

Sean Norton reviews The Saint I Ain’t: Stories from Sycamore Street by Bobby Johnston