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

For RB and the Others

By | Nonfiction

In the days that follow, I am caught between the lingering somatic residue of the experience and the particulars of the new image. I call Mom and without preamble ask about my lost siblings. She speaks without hesitation, perhaps relieved to finally speak of them.

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

The Right Sound

By | Fiction

“I’m worried,” she said. Her voice sounded both fearful and angry. I knew she’d come from a small town and the university life in this larger city had been challenging. “About what?” “My stories don’t sound like everybody else’s in class.”   “Well, maybe that’s a good thing,” I said.  She smiled, the charming smile she’d had earlier in the semester. “A good thing?”
Phillip Border

“A Wellspring of Empathy”: A review of You Do Not Have To Be Good by Madeleine Barnes

By | Book Review

Phillip Border reviews You Do Not Have To Be Good, a debut poetry collection by Madeline Barnes.

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.