Live Lobster by Kevin McDaniel

Live Lobster by Kevin McDaniel

for Tess Like an orbiting satellite,my daughter's yellow cap bobsaround the lobster holding tankof the illuminated fresh seafood display,He's not swimming, Daddy,she informs me.He's resting, baby,I reply, thinking he's not alive, but dead and destined for a customer's...

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Inconnue de la Seine by Annie Diamond

Inconnue de la Seine by Annie Diamond

Born near 1870, she did not get her epithetuntil 1926--Unknown Woman of the Seine. Camus called her a drowned Mona Lisa;suitable, as she was pulled from the riverat the Quai du Louvre, the museum whereMona Lisa has been since 1797. Inconnuean apparent suicide, because...

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TWEER by Hiram Larew

TWEER by Hiram Larew

Engagement. Resistance. Witness. Lately, poets have been getting out of their own small confessional towns. In “A Haunting,” Patricia Spears Jones imagines, or carves up, a president deranged by the ghost of John McCain. The president puts wax in his ear so he can’t...

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Plates by Linette Marie Allen

Plates by Linette Marie Allen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-lKWuf6xp8 Linette Marie Allen is earning an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore. Recipient of the 2018 Turner Research and Travel Award for Poetry, she has been commissioned to initiate a...

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My Sagging Breasts by Emily Mohn-Slate

My Sagging Breasts by Emily Mohn-Slate

I’m in the gym locker room drying off with a tiny, scratchy towel when I catch sight of my profile in the mirror. My breasts look even more wilted and vacant than usual in the industrial light. I think of my friend’s grandma, who said, “Honey, once you’ve had a baby,...

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