Love Story

Love Story

Love Story He orders a second drink. I argue with him until he promises he’ll sip it slow. At the bar I say, Let’s get some food in our stomachs. And when the bartender is busy he goes off—Hey scumbag, do your job. The show is starting. The lights go dark in the small...
Ornaments

Ornaments

David Daniel’s Ornaments was just released from the Pitt Poetry Series and we asked him to make a Spotify playlist. David well knows a slide from a stride. For ten years he created and produced WAMFEST: The Words and Music Festival, bringing together poets...
Strangers

Strangers

When I read a poem or story, hundreds of images and sounds flurry in my brain. Most of them are not intended by the author. She only wanted to write a poem. She only wanted to make a story. Her poem. Her story. The way Julianna Spallholz uses plot and control of the...
Stabbing Back at Rejection

Stabbing Back at Rejection

By Anniebelle Quattlebaum Rejection is a dish best served yesterday, with espresso, and behind an acceptance letter. Tales of once-rejected authors litter the web. Before her image graced the cover of our most recent issue, Anais Nin’s A Spy in the House of Love was...
Oysters

Oysters

Seamus Heaney Our shells clacked on the plates. My tongue was a filling estuary, My palate hung with starlight: As I tasted the salty Pleiades Orion dipped his foot into the water. Alive and violated, They lay on their bed of ice: Bivalves: the split bulb And...