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

More than once he died, the inside light behind him spitting up red. Already the maps dissolve like my mother going home, but showing up at the wrong house.

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

Self-Portrait as a Trout

By | Poetry

How often I have played the part of this poor fish skewered by a barbed hook it mistook for something benign
Gary Fincke

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

Dairy Farms

By | Nonfiction

I owned an Omni once, a car so unreliable I carried quarts of oil like passengers. Worse, I was afraid to leave it parked outside on a rainy day for fear it wouldn’t start. Which means the morning was clear when I allowed that car to rest beside a field where dozens of dairy cows grazed among a scattering of discarded Omnis, confirming a friend’s late-night, beer-soaked story.
Haeun Park

“The Whole Blessed Void”: A review of And Then the Gray Heaven by RE Katz

By | Book Review

Haeun Park Reviews And Then the Gray Heaven, a novella by RE Katz.