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