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Foal

Foal

by Lois P. Jones
In your next life you will be / birthed in needles / of hoarfrost, your eyes still / in the blue gauze between
The Mourner’s Song

The Mourner’s Song

by Roy White
You can die in January if you want, / and lots of people do, but this far north, / nobody gets into the ground till spring.
Grace

Grace

by Joseph Fasano
You’ve seen them in the deep sleep / of the season: figures sitting in a garden, / light on their faces as you enter.
America

America

by Katherine Riegel
I never dreamt of you but of your parts: / my flatland home, the mountains my mother loved, / beach where I could look out and see only not-you.
Turbulence

Turbulence

by Maggie Smith
The sky shakes us / like a shoe with a stone inside. / Even the smallest stone hurts.
If I Have a Daughter

If I Have a Daughter

by April Ford
If I could have a daughter, / it would be my life goal to make sure she never—not in a million years ever— / confused one kind of touch for another.
Improv

Improv

by Roy White
Let’s make a wedding photo, you and I. / I’m blind and you weren’t there, but between us / we can do this.
Worried Playground Daddy’s Blues

Worried Playground Daddy’s Blues

by Justin Hamm
On the playground I strum guitar while my daughter dangles upside down from the bar above the tall slide, and inside my middle-aged brain a movie plays.

Fireside
Required Reading
*

 

Don’t Be a Jerk to Your Online Humor Editor

 

by Chris Monks
from Vulture

 

An Amputee Looks Through a Ring

 

by Dina Peone
from Poor Yorick

 

Becoming Dr. Seuss

 

by Brian Jay Jones

 

The Three Words That Almost Ruined Me As a Writer

 

by Sonya Huber
from Literary Hub

 

The O.Henry Award Winners

 

Edited by Laura Furman

 

The Long, Winding Road to Publication

 

by Russell Rowland
from The Millions

 

Liz’s Free 10-Step Writing School

 

by Elizabeth Gilbert
from Instagram

 

Bashing Romance Novels Is Just Another Form Of Slut-Shaming

 

by Sarah MacLean
from Bustle