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OF SAINTS AND SECRETS BY ANGELA PATTEN

It has been said that when Saint Ambrose was an infant, sleeping openmouthed in his crib, a swarm of bees flew into his mouth. Whether they stung him or flew out again is not recorded in the annals of the saints. It was also...

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COMING TO GRIPS BY ANGELA PATTEN

After brushing my long hair, I like to toss the redundant strands caught in the bristles out into the wind for birds to gather up and knit into their nests, imagining myself a valuable if inert addition to their lives. Once I...

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WHO NEEDS GIRAFFES? BY JILL CAMPBELL-MASON

Giraffes do something called spraddling. You know what it is as soon as you do a double-take on the word. In fact, the mental image you are presently conjuring up could be an outtake on National Geographic special centered on...

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AT THE CEMETERY BY DAVID JENNINGS

How many hours I’ve scratched at dirt Or picked off pieces from dried leaves Or traced your name out on my skirt Or scolded God through handkerchiefs Or told you what I did that day Or read from poems you would read Or prayed...

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FARM CAT BY DAVID JENNINGS

I’ve checked the pasture horses from the fence. They like to watch me when I clean my paws But will not have me near them ever since That time I scratched one of them with my claws. I’ve walked the porch three times—still, no...

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SWIMMING IN MY SLEEP BY DAVID JENNINGS

I know that song that you just played From when I was at sea. Adrift—a voice would rise and fade With that same melody. Her words would lap against my boat From somewhere down below. Every dripping, splashing note Was tempting...

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TASTE BY FABIANA ELISA MARTÍNEZ

The early afternoon after the third time they made love, the first grain of doubt nested in Andréia’s sternum. Doubt might seem immaterial, but it is formed by imperviable particles that settle in a lover’s heart like a mound of...

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