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

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

Issue 28 | Fall 2021

Days Repeat in Confinement

By | Fiction

The days are long—congruously slow. They blend into one another. The present is fragmented with what lies ahead, or inevitably does not, or what could have, skewing my abbreviated notion of time and space, past and future.

Issue 28 | Fall 2021

In the Cloud

By | Nonfiction

During the Pandemic, I’ve been locked down only a little more firmly than I had been living my sequestered, solitary life before.

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.