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To Lie With Silence

To Lie With Silence

This dewdrop world— Is a dewdrop world, And yet, and yet… —Kobayashi Issa * Every night before sleep, I turn on a fan. Sometimes multiple ones. Ceiling…

Jamie A. Hughes 10/20/2018
Memorial Day

Memorial Day

I am sitting on a train, the Hudson river to my right, a man and his daughter to my left. I can smell the leaves outside my window – feel the bite in the air beyond…

Jack Rossiter-Munley 10/20/2018
Coyote Road and Inner and Outer Geographies

Coyote Road and Inner and Outer Geographies

The infrastructure is sound, the demarcation lines on the roads clear and new, and the curbs and their boulevards handsomely curt and reliable. But it’s a bore. And…

Brian Michael Barbeito 10/20/2018
De Consolatione ad Kamil: On Death

De Consolatione ad Kamil: On Death

I was three years old, the youngest of three, when my father passed away in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. I have no recollection of him. Any remainders are memories of memories,…

Kamil Ahsan 10/20/2018
Marigold

Marigold

Mornings in Uganda are first the color of periwinkles, then roses, then suddenly a shot of brightest marigold. I watch it from my doorstep, listening. The caws of…

Katie Karnehm-Esh 08/15/2018
Growing Up Polack

Growing Up Polack

My dad spent 4 ½ years in Buchenwald concentration camp in Nazi Germany. My mother spent 2 ½ years as a slave laborer in various camps there. When the war ended,…

John Guzlowski 08/15/2018