Issue 17 Poetry

Hey, Universe
by Sherman Alexie

You dropped an archaic phone book at our front door,
And, for weeks, my wife and I let it sit, twisted

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The Public Health Option
by Sherman Alexie

Ah, hell, the drum fell

And broke both my thumbs,

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A History
by Bethany Haug

Terrible singing voice. Just terrible.
Photos reveal her mood settled

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Working for non-profit does not make you a saint; this is a story about a hotdog.
by Bethany Haug

Between my good intentions
I find little sustenance. Some days

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La Pulga Beauties
by Katherine Hoerth

I lay here with my sisters, naked skin to naked skin-we’re on display
this Saturday at La Pulga, feeling the eyes of the hungry

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Citizen's Guide to Childhood
by Claire Schwartz

I am asking for the clouds I am convinced you keep
to lend the morning, but you breathe me a mouthful

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"Hombres Necios"
by D.E. Steward

Amber white is a pale yellow green stronger than smoke gray
Or Nile and lighter than oyster gray in a lighter shade of pale

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Drier than Dão
by D.E. Steward

Is Azeitão a strong red of the Sierra da Arrábida
A long Belle Époc zinc bar in Oporto as if still

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A Poem in Which No One is Named Bob
by Lucy Tiven

In a conversation with my therapist
I referred to you as Bob. Your name is not Bob obviously

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Poem Composed Entirely with Last Lines in David Lehman Poems
by James Valvis

My father, dead since 1971-
hey, it beats working!

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Executive Editor
Tom Grimes

Managing Editor
Jane Hawley

Co-Managing Editor
Reyes Ramirez

Poetry Editor
Jennifer Whalen

Fiction Editor
Stan Rivkin

Nonfiction Editor
Heather Lefebvre

Eric Blankenburg

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Sessa Kratz

Interviews Editor
Amanda Scott

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Samantha Tanner

Book Reviews Editor
Mallory Chesser

Blog Editor
Josh Lopez

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Alicia Salzmann

Sarah Howze
Dan Barton
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Theresa Holden
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Casey Winters
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James Deitz
Timothy Dailey
Maggie Ilersich
Stuart Gill
Katrina Goudey
Dorothy Lawrenson
Ram Hinojosa
Meg Griffitts
Jacob Massey
Paul Adams
Allison Myers
Phillip Mandel
John Edgar
Michaela Hansen
Shelby Newsom
Ashton Kamburoff
Graham Oliver

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Steve Wilson

Founding Editors
Michael Hart
Evelyn Lauer
Josh Magnuson
Toby Peterson
Michael Wolfe

Advisory Board
Katie Angermeier
Ben Engel
Evelyn Lauer
Herpreet Singh


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