Tag: issue 2

OXY Pads and OxyContin by Matthew Dexter

OXY Pads and OxyContin Matthew Dexter Sobbed so succulent the night after getting promoted from sales manager to president and CEO of the panty department—my tear duct turned to crust beneath the waxing tangerine moon. The kitchen was illuminated with square-dancing eddies of lavender-scented candles and I sat there in the closet scratching my scrotum drinking gin with an…




It Was Animation, I Know by Lenore Weiss

It Was Animation, I Know Lenore Weiss   Nested Structures Concentric rings settle on me. I am enclosed within a set of wooden dolls. I am trying to reach the smallest, the one that is not hollow.   Bounciness I gauge my days according to how they start. Today a box of Cheerios spills on…




Warmest Pi by Chad M. Horn

Warmest Pi Chad M. Horn I. Item Wraps dyslexic I calculating converse pi inverse algorithms / reverse rhythms & altogether skewed logic thus, 7 divided by 22 equals 0.32; less than one-third of a (black) whole explaining my tripolar tendencies & eternal melancholy II. Warm Spite when what-goes-around-never-comes-around when circle segments cease to circulate (find…




Two Poems by Elizabeth Kate Switaj

Two Poems Elizabeth Kate Switaj Fire Flowers in the Lagoon turn my flesh into flowers burning in the cities of night let there be something beautiful in the chaos of you love me not, of what was tested on Bikini Atoll now a martini’s name, made with pandanus in Uliga let me breathe saltpeter &…




Survival Mechanisms by Kelly Thomas

Survival Mechanisms Kelly Thomas I. My sister broke her arm. I would like to say that she hit ice from great heights—her snowboard, one broad wing—but I think she skidded, tipping downhill from a standstill. Apparently we don’t need much momentum to twist ourselves into bone-snapping human shapes. When they sawed off the cast, her…