John Oliver Hodges


Dude

“He loved homemade gravestones, goldenseal, sleeping different places, girl bass players, the smell of linseed oil, the smell of New York City, walking through forests, bald women, reading biographies and history books of interesting people and events, and visiting the ruins of Southern plantations.”


Brian Taylor



Carrie Chappell


A Version of Wisdom

“My heart is a closet,
a culture of sweetness to be sure.”


Here on Happy Stylish Town

“Only words paint
the gourd a gourd.”


Karen Skolfield


Everyone With the Last Name of “Young” Is So Damn Amazing

“Do they feel naked
holding that little rim of gold, or worse –
do they feel ordinary?”


Disembodied

“There must be a way to move it
that conveys a shared sadness.”


4-D Glasses

“The trees, which must be the children of our trees, look the same.”


Megan Collins


Crime Scene Reporter

“What I’ve heard sounds a little Judy Garland—
red lips, a thick, trembling voice—but I’m open
to interpretations…”


Kyle Hemmings


Alice White Loves Me Because

“You’ll say Your body is too white in the shadows.”


Ira Joel Haber


Notebook Drawings



July Westhale


Poem to Clear the Air

“Upsetting characters in retelling them…”


Nermine Hammam



Metanoia



Brandi Wells


cheaterhorse ruins the salad bar

“we begin climbing down pipes
small cakes tucked under our arms…”


cheaterhorse is like your mother

“unspun, dripping, horse-shaped, yarn-shaped, horsemeat, yarn-meat”


cheaterhorse has a rally

“leaving their bodies useless bananas, wingless wagers”


Jenny MacBain-Stephens


Backyard Poem #10

“My brother spent a summer collecting long purple worms in a jar.”


Ana Prundaru