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

The Zen of the Tree

By | Poetry

The forestry man says the tree is over three hundred years old, a sugar Maple that has been here since before the time the white man settled.

Issue 28 | Fall 2021

At the Holiday Inn

By | Poetry

I woke with a wet pillow and hair tangled, I didn’t care.   It was Sunday. 

Issue 28 | Fall 2021

an excerpt from Arribada

By | Fiction

Places preserve odors and echoes over the years. This decrepit lobby, drenched in the fragrance of coffee and pineapple juice, more a market than an airport, the hallways resonating like a tuning fork with the sounds of the runaway city—Mexicana de Aviación, announcing flight five fifty-eight—The laughter and the merriment that accompanied Mariana on her many departures. Where did it all go?

Issue 28 | Fall 2021

Vacío

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.