Monthly Archives: October 2015

By September, poem by Wendy Carlisle

I’m ready for the casu­al kind­ness of fall, ready to work the angles of chill, to close the deal on the first hard frost and wave farewell to the san­guinivors that bur­row in- to the skin under my elas­tic straps … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Professor and the Rodeo Queen, poem by William Ogden Haynes

Col­lege stu­dents excel at excus­es and before I met the Rat­tlesnake Queen I thought I had heard them all. She said she would have to miss my class for two days to make some appear­ances in South Alaba­ma. When I … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Three Poems, by Mary Benson

The Fear of Los­ing a Crum­my Wait­ress­ing Job In a dream I’m lift­ing bus buck­ets, arms brim­ming liq­uid sludge while the cred­it machine shuts down and the par­ty of sev­en­teen walks out with­out tip­ping, and I don’t wake until the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Five Poems by Randi Ward

Gate Oh mer­ci­ful gate, break these legs for me so I don’t have to walk home. Pro­ces­sion Blow­ing through red lights on our way to the grave­yard— death stops for no one. Daisy Pluck a ray from the eye of … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Tramp On Your Street, essay by the Legendary Jim Parks

  Six Shoot­er Junc­tion – He had a spir­it bag mas­querad­ing as one of those filmy lit­tle white plas­tic num­bers they give you at Wal-Mart to car­ry small pur­chas­es. As the days of the tri­al wore on, he put his … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Whatev, fiction by Misty Skaggs

On prom morn­ing, she was awak­ened by the croaky sound of Daddy’s decrepit old roost­er, over the hill at the barn. Day­break. Rose had always liked the sound of that word. And the con­no­ta­tions she imag­ined along with it. She … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Skinny Dogs and Spotted Horses, fiction by Catfish McDaris

Quick trad­ed a Bowie knife and an Arkansas tooth­pick for a cayuse with brown clouds across its white rump. The horse looked strong and knew how to dance and fly. Quick har­nessed a rope bri­dle and threw an old Mex­i­can … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Two Poems by Nathan Graziano

Rel­a­tive to Guns 'N' Ros­es In a box in the base­ment, strewn with cob­webs, I find a pho­to album and the rat­ty blond wig I wore one Hal­loween in col­lege when I dressed as my alter ego, the front man … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Barre Daze, poem by Kevin Ridgeway

Don­ald Fagen croons from fifth avenue about hav­ing a tran­sis­tor radio and a large sum of mon­ey to spend as we jet along Main Street in our ragged white Cut­lass Supreme stained with the burn of mud and snow from … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Hounds, poem by Jessica Wiseman Lawrence

Hounds Hound dogs run off. It’s a sci­en­tif­ic fact that they can phys­i­cal­ly close their ears to the humans who love them and shout “Come back here!” as the dogs go chas­ing some­thing small and quick and run a trail. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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