Tenth of No Wonder

Nancy Scott

Tenth of No Wonder, month of plucked birds, caverns stuffed with stale bread, the hearts fed to cats who lick their lips. More hot chocolate, more bourbon, more to lose in fewer words of shivered shorter lines. Earlier dark and earlier still till after Dissemble when we will celebrate future perfect Spring. Nancy Scott’s over […]

Stone (at a lover’s grave)

George Bishop

Her husband turned to the afterlife when something incurable found a way to him, prepared for things that soon might go on somewhere beyond his body, even bought two plots hoping his wife would one day join him. And after he passed she arrived   at the cemetery each day, ready to seed the loose, […]


CJ Cioc

I smell stars, loudly – singing rings of chorus, orbits. Towards us, comets— named them after us. Named them Halley, Hale-bopp— tear drops on fire.   I can lay on my back on the hillside by the road, sniffing out Cadillacs and autoshow Edsels, winesap taillights, tasting speed, and cinnamon   blood, hot blood shining […]

Girolamo Zini

Michelle Castleberry

Age: 20 Nationality/Place of Origin: Istria, Trieste Description: rope-walker Cause of Death: Died of atlanto-axial disclocation (broken neck)   The secret to balance is to always fall up— Even in training, I rarely felt the net on my back. I pointed my nose away from the hills, seeing what I needed to see through the […]

Adalbert Czaptieonesz

Michelle Castleberry

ge: 51 Nationality/Place of Origin: Poland Description: Catholic Cause of Death: Cut his throat because of extreme poverty   Sew me into the dirt in pieces beside the potatoes and beets. Pay the debtors with the next harvest.   Do not trouble my wife.   Do not trouble my sons.   They are blameless.   […]

Profile: Emily Rose Cole, Poet

Jon Busch

Emily Cole is this year’s winner of the Sandy Crimmins National Prize in Poetry. She was kind enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions about her process, plans, and love of poetry and music.   Congratulations on winning the Sandy Crimmins National Prize in Poetry for your poem, Self-Portrait as Rapunzel. […]

Breaking Bad Online Habits with…Online Writing Classes

Aimee LaBrie

In a desperate attempt to break my writer’s block (most notably my inability to sustain anything without getting sucked into the wormhole of the Internet, Googling phrases like “medieval brassieres” and “who is Demi Moore dating now?”), I signed up for an online writing class.  I was skeptical at first–thinking that it would be some […]