Parnaz Foroutan

APPARITIONS   I. Once upon a time, there was a woman who lost her son. She sent him off, in the care of some men who smuggled teenage...
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Radka Thea Otípková

At night I become his missing arm. / The one he lost on the front, looked for / years later and didn´t find.

Jeffrey McDaniel

Bless the silence.       Bless the hiss.       Bless the punch. / Bless the kiss.       Bless the lemon.       Bless the lime. // Bless the fishbone in the throat of time.

R. A. Allen

I went out to my mailbox. / Everything was addressed to a previous occupant (twice removed) / who is now, / according to my neighbors, / deceased.

Rebecca A. Spears

Love among unequals is not a math problem. / Is more profane than sacred. It means / a woman available, without joy.

James Lineberger

As we arrived / the red-haired children / were it seemed everywhere staring at us / from behind things or caught / frozen in the open like frightened rabbits

Karen Greenbaum-Maya

Chinese ladybugs adapt quickly. They do not care about tradition. They undersell the French ladybugs and take over their turf. You’d think there would be enough for all, aphids being what they are, but no. Oh no.

Eric Tran

I learn it means people prone to sadness / who develop depression, but it reminds me / of a favorite Chinese restaurant: Double / Happiness...

Friday Pick: Elizabeth Knapp’s “Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak”

An at-times crushing, always beautiful chronicle of sorrow and its afterlife, Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak will haunt you long after you’ve turned its final page.

Michael Mark

I am a panting dog of a parent, running / to retrieve so many arms, legs, lips, / breasts, million nipples.

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