“Virginity” by Michael Meyerhofer

Michael Meyerhofer VIRGINITY Poetry refers to something you have not done— in this case, a kind of primal square dance for which at least one partner is required. Poetry is just something you’re born with, the loss of which is … Continue reading

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“Mind Too Much” by Marie-Elizabeth Mali

Marie-Elizabeth Mali MIND TOO MUCH Some days my mind is like a gull hanging onto a sandwich too big to swallow, beak clamped on the monstrous bite as it runs from other gulls so as not to share. —from Rattle … Continue reading

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“What It Means to Be Taken” by S.H. Lohmann

S.H. Lohmann WHAT IT MEANS TO BE TAKEN My mother was the kind of woman who just wanted to be taken; my father’s young ribs were already gnarled but he staked the con, took my mother’s fresh heart and promised … Continue reading

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“Triolet for Laika, First Dog in Space” by Ann Eichler Kolakowski

Ann Eichler Kolakowski TRIOLET FOR LAIKA, FIRST DOG IN SPACE They sealed your steel sarcophagus; they made no plans to bring you home. (Perhaps they thought you Anubis.) They sealed your steel sarcophagus and let you burn—like Sirius, the other … Continue reading

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