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A Capitalist Back to Nature

A Capitalist Back to Nature

by Robert S. King
Here is the last forest that has never / heard the crisp snap of a dollar / or a siren louder than a crow. / Here the wind does not honor / the borders of a deed.
Five by Perchik

Five by Perchik

by Simon Perchik
This dirt still mimics sweat / lies down alongside, unsure / your lips would quiet it / though the finger that is familiar / probably is yours –could be enough
Letter to Francisco

Letter to Francisco

by Mark Ramirez
I wonder what it feels like to die; to feel the rhythm of your body / fall to rest as you watch your final breath dissipate, / to speak only through dreams and the grainy film of memory.
Weeding

Weeding

by Art Nahill
Kneeling amidst / the camellias, roses / culling the self / sown from the cultivated / the disdained / from the highly-regarded / I’m reminded / how circumstance / defines us
Red Apple

Red Apple

by Rustin Larson
I soak my sleeve in water just to foul things up a bit, / Create a small level of misery, to keep the defense / Honest.
Garden Constellations

Garden Constellations

by Amie Sharp
The yard looks still. / Winds riffle green-coin / leaves, slim white-preened bark.
The Hideaway Motel in Altoona, Pennsylvania

The Hideaway Motel in Altoona, Pennsylvania

by Lauren Hall
Mrs. Norris begins the afterlife in room 3B, the wheels of an empty suitcase skittering behind her. She takes her crossword puzzle to a café and bides her time.
Five Poems

Five Poems

by Simon Perchik
Though it’s familiar this flower / doesn’t recognize the breeze / wriggling out the ground / as that distance without any footsteps
Threnody for Paul Morphy

Threnody for Paul Morphy

by Brian Glaser
The flowers are everywhere, pungent and bright. / It could be autumn, eighteen-fifty-seven.

Fireside
Required Reading
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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