Issue 23

23f_001    23b_001


“As if I Walked Away” (24” x 24″)  |  “The Colony” (24″ x 24″)

oil on oak by Derek Van Gieson

from the collections of Becky Cooper and Rob Chamberlain




Heather Christle    “Stroking My Head with My Deception Stick”

George Looney    “A Couple Flirts at a Public Masters’ Violin Lesson Chautauqua, New York”   “Ode in Someone Else’s Voice”

Sara Michas-Martin    “Elegy”

Catherine Pierce    “Epithalamium”

Jen Town    “The Woman in the Green Dress”

Julie Funderbunk    “Allegory if the Buck”

Monica Berlin    “Attached to Hands”

Jhoanna S. Aberia    “Flayed”

Shelley Puhak  “The Dictator’s Daughter from a Nursing Home in Wisconsin”

Christopher Matthews    “Go West, Only Child”

Dennis Hinrichsen    “Crazy Horse Mountain”

Megan Gannon    “Selenographia”   “She Wearies of Wise Children”

Nance Van Winckel    “Gothic Times on Printer’s Row”   “The Last Words of the Dream Were the Ones that Woke Me (Gothic Dream Sky)”

Heather June Gibbons    “Poppy that My Heart Was”   “No Daughter”

Josh Waellert    “After the Fall”

Mark DeCarteret    “Sequel”

Robin Behn    “Reading in the Yellow House”   “The Yellow House as God”

Sarah Sloat    “The Problem with Everything”   “For Luisa, Waiting to Be Fethed”

Morgan Grayce Willow    “Ghazal #6—The Maps Are Words”

Alexander Long    “Still Life with Kafka Checking His Watch, Missing His Train”

Ryan G. Van Cleave    “The Mortician’s Son, a Week into His New Job”

David Koehn    “The Shallows, Commons Beach”   “Under the Front Porch”

David Welch    “Poem in Which I Make the Mistake of Thinking of Reconciliation While Watching a Spaghetti Western”

Andy Young    “Nothing Cries Out”   “Lower Nine”


Richard Dokey    “O, Brother!”

Laura van den Berg    “Twinflower”

Amanda Coplin    “The Orchardist”

Tatjana Soli    “The Girl in the Picture”

John Holman    “Second Fire”

Donald Ray Pollock    “Lard”


Rick Mitchell    “Reptiles of the Mind”


Julie Wade    “Bouquet”

Stephen G. Bloom    “Anna Elena’s Tongue”


Ann Przyzycki    “An Interview with Josip Novakovich”


Steve Feffer    “The Life and Work of Václav Havel”

Kim Knutsen    Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden

Elizabeth Marzoni    Less if Her: PoemsLike Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, a Memoir; and Stumble, Gorgeous: Poems by Paula McClain

Diether Haenicke    On Having a Heart Attack: a Medical Memoir by William O’Rourke

Anna Redsand    A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War by Cathy Sultan

Richard Katrovas    New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writing from the City by Andrei Condrescu