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Max Sessner

The girl takes the / umbrella or / does the umbrella take / the girl / lead her out into the wet / evening and / touch her softly on the hand

Mathias Nelson

I insulted him. / He looked like a crazy Italian fish. / He looked like a sausage lipped piranha. / He looked like a hitman for the mob / and I insulted him.

Paul Otremba

The state is ill; therefore, I am ill. / .... I am learning the difference between urgency / and importance.

Emily Jaeger

a petrified man sliding backwards, towards us in his useless van—the army jeeps crawling towards refugee camps abandoned in the storm. We're not here to witness them.

Volker Sielaff

There are days, says the child, / when God is not even God, when / the moon is also not the moon.

Petr Hruska

They had already sat down on the bed. Then the man remembered the back door was still open.

Stanley Plumly

There was a picture in the paper, front / page, as if this news was the end of cruelty.

Sunni Brown Wilkinson

I want to ask her / about the long veils of widows. / She’ll just shake her head.

Jitka N. Srbova

My daughter marches through the forest. She can’t do it herself, so / she uses my legs, my eyes and my fear.

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