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twenty one

Dillon Jones

my friends are real cool black men who like chocolate cigars
& dollar store vodka i tell them my white friend dave slapped
me they wont meet my eyes as i explain instead of gutting him

with one of amandas steak knives or peeling back his scalp with
a bottle opener as they say they wouldve done i sprinted six blocks
sunk to the floor of my apartment a teary heap pissed myself asleep

How Many Encounters

Anna Zumbahlen

Through what process of comparison should my attention fall on this heat
             over milk

                        turning over velvet
The man in the next room has a cough in his ribcage

Insufficient that you should simply experience this exchange as time
Unable or unwilling to consider me head-on and also from the head down

Massachusetts Psalm

Rob Shapiro

     Here we find nature to be the circumstance
     which dwarfs every other circumstance,
     and judges like a god all men that come to her.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve hunted your angels, tracked them
            back through thunderhead and snow,

We're Laughing but We've Just Seen a Darkness

Christopher Salerno

              After growing up I grew an ear
              for that note of sadness hidden in laughter.

                            We assume all sorrow is redacted there.
                            We trust the mouth as a medium

              but often the louvers of anguish
       don’t make a good seal, causing the laughter


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