Issue 27

Winter 2021

The 27th issue of Coal Hill Review features work that explores the self and connection to one’s family, as well as the nature of decay. This issue’s writers delve into these ideas with curiosity and poignancy. Join them as they unravel what it means to know oneself, even the darkest parts.

This winter, we find ourselves the ones falling from the bird’s nest, learning new lessons, wandering the natural world, and mourning the way people fade until they’re gone. We hope you enjoy moving through this season’s work as much as we did.

Featured Content from Issue 27

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Why I Didn’t Go to Your Funeral

By | Book Review

Nobody made a sound. Someone I loved was gone and it was hard to pretend, it was foolish to be preoccupied by the business of expression.

Issue 27 | Winter 2021


By | Fiction

A few days later, while sitting on the rocks that served as the front steps, avoiding work, Arturo, Leo, and Adriana saw their father coming up the mountain, and on his shoulders was a goat. Adriana let out a shriek that Arturo was sure had startled the goat, because he could see it jerking and thrashing on his father’s shoulders, attempting to get free.

Issue 27 | Winter 2021


By | Poetry

The truth is I will never again see the mother I know, the one always halfway through four different books, or making the light on the water perfect in her pastel landscapes.

Issue 27 | Winter 2021


By | Poetry

Her heart two-steps, now flesh, now metaphor, while her mind—the brain when it blushes— gently nets a halo: thought bubbles and unlit bulbs.