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MEDICAL HOPE BY THEA SCHILLER

Like babies We need to prone On our stomachs to add air flow A place of humility Where we can look only to the right or left And so we must believe In the above sky To really see it. Thea Schiller, a New York poet has been...

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BOMBYX MORI BY SARA CAO

Like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I consume inconsistencies like leaves, spoon-fed fabrications of stereotypes and tradition, inching towards an internal civil war sparked by skin color. Fattened, I vomit these fibs in...

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BAO BY SARA CAO

Your hands, callused with the lines you’ve crossed, knead the dough with the conflicted push you saved, but decide not to use on me. Though sometimes, you remember the dirigible and you navigate out loud- words like “engineer”...

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FOR THE ANTHOLOGISTS BY RICK ROHDENBURG

You who were born Twenty years before me Forty years before There’s no room left in the anthologies For the bald light of my expression No air for my lungs I cannot speak As I ought to As I must do No ink to etch my dark and...

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THE RETURNING BY RICK ROHDENBURG

In the dream you come back So happy The tumors gone or nearly Life a possibility Even a promise The sun like oil on the water The river in the palm of your hand My daughters and I Singing the ancient hymns Playing the ancient...

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SMALL COBWEB BY RACHEL RIX

I haven’t been noticing how many butterflies there are in my city. I stopped hearing the distant noise of the leaf blower. Lately even water tastes bitter. I forget to observe how brilliant M&M contrails look swirled around...

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MAP BY MARY SILWANCE

I sleep on my left side the first two toes of my right foot spoon my left heel I wake in the early dark sip scalding tea and plan the unopened day I seek nouns people places things ideas spread novelty before me then the shine...

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SINK BY MARY SILWANCE

I stand at his sink the white porcelain beginning to vein and empty the dishwasher he filled last night with unexpected energy that made him proud the blue ceramic plates and dinner spoons are crusted hard with what he could not...

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TRASH BY JANAY BRUN

A golden eagle floats the cosmos. Below her, spaghetti strands cut through the border landscape – trails packed into the dirt by worn soles and bleeding feet. A buzzing whine comes to her from the north. She shifts her head and...

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Quanta Dominance by Xuanhui Mao

“What is quantum entanglement?” In response to the interviewer, Aleck Mill, like any other Unquantator, said quite confidently, “Simply explained, quantum entanglement is just like two people choosing whether...

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