September 10, 2012 Congratulations. Toad delivers this special offer Issue 2:3, replete with humility and ugliness and art-popping, word-swapping swagger. Our warm warted hearts are thumping, to say the least. To say the most, check out our newly old forum; and as always: read up, breed well, and send us what you can't share with anyone else.
Feature Artist

Drew Tanner



Lucien Meadows

Arc

"Her eyes were painted silver;"

On Passing through the Monongahela Forest at Night

"sometimes I awake at three am"

Bobby Rogers

Essay on Friendship

"She espaliered the climbing roses"

Anne Charlton

Recovery

"the sound of snow piling carefully onto frozen grass,"

Patrick Dougherty

Naomi Shihab Nye

I Won't Tell

"her damn husband won’t bring those catalogues up,"

Jennifer Gravley

"Clocks

"His grown daughter had never married or even borne a child out of wedlock."

The Physicists

"We avoid everything."

Zoo

"saltine crackers, old dog collars, pieces of belts and strings we can use for leashes."

Jack Ridl

Oh I Suppose

"I suppose you love me when I walk back in,"

This Is What It Was Like

"his angry father who owned Willie’s Ice Cream Parlor."

Christina Cook

The Street Gods

"belief in a seedless nothing"

The Fire Eater

"the virtual nature of their lives
limiting:"

Tony Rickaby

Stephen Danos

Urban Sprawl

"just the sins you | cradle in bed"

Leave on a High Note

"no cure but a house divided against the self | permanently"

Megan Hudgins

Rabbit Fetus Reabsorption 1

"the suction of need, of gut on gut."

Rabbit Fetus Reabsorption 2

"the electric plume of lifeblood"

Rachel Bennett

If There Is a Shore

"Hitching north on dusk."

Lee Etheredge IV