THE NEW WHITE HOUSE,
FINDING MYSELF AMONG THE RUINS

by MK CHAVEZ

“Not color blind but a black &
white conundrum of physics.”

EXCERPTS FROM SUNSHINE STATE
by SARAH GERARD

“Some people are psychic, and others have special insight into the stars. When you were a child, your mother took you to visit her psychic, who became a close family friend. I went with you once, but she didn’t tell my fortune.”

TWO POEMS
by PRECIOUS OKOYOMON

It becomes real to you
The sinking of your  body over the rain

GOOD HOPE RD
by JANEA KELLY

“I love Summer. Her. She.
Not my real mom. My first
fingerfuck, my favorite crush”

TWO FLASHES
by MILES PRESTON-CLARK

“I take myself to a movie because I think I deserve it. I go to one of those big chain cinemas downtown, the kind with the reclining vinyl chairs big enough for two and I watch whatever Adam Sandler is currently starring in.”

PONY
by SAVANNAH OLIKER

“We never fucked
after we stopped being in love.
This was one of our many charms”

HAN
by NINA YUN

“The cause and shock of his mistake was speculated by the new anchors without a single mention of drugs, and I found that pleasant, shut my laptop, the adaptor overheating into an audible buzz, and then went to bed. There, my heart grew reptile.


ADAM’S INTERNET ROMANCE
by HENRY GIARDINA

“Or so he thought. He didn’t think too highly of himself, even factoring in his internet prowess. And the thought that GoldenBough might hear his voice and be repulsed, or listen to his conversation and decide he wasn’t so interesting after all—well, this was more than he could bear.

WHILE YOU SLEEP, IDAHO
by SKYLAR SALVATORE

“a motel we slept in with pale yellow walls
because of a wildfire on i90.”

THREE POEMS
by PAIGE QUIÑONES

“I watched you sharpen
a knife for so long it became
thin as a cat’s leg. 

REAL GOOD
by SARAH JEAN ALEXANDER

“Missing someone real good feels like beckoning a dog to come on over for a pet She eyeballs your hand but doesn’t even turn her head”

EXCERPTS FROM SHOT BLUE
by JESSE RUDDOCK

“Her mother tried to show her how to pack a suitcase, but Tomasin didn’t want to imagine where she was going or what she might need there. She held her hands out at her shoulders, forming a cross.”


EXCERPTS FROM SO THAT WE MAY SEE ETERNAL
by DAVID OLIMPIO

“There is a photo of me holding that analog alarm clock. Smiling. It is Christmas morning. I am in a red and blue flannel robe. My two front teeth are missing. I am six years old. It is 1979.”


WITH TEETH
by KRISTEN ARNETT

“To the chair, lodged infected in our bloodstream, we have placed fear and reverence and yes, we have put love there, too. Slash the seat and let the dust fly up. Recognize that in loving the chair, we have reveled in nostalgia.”

JUKAI
by ANGIE SIJUN LOU

“Alexei and I look at each other. We don’t really talk about me leaving, but Dakota is the kind of person who would bring it up. I try to throw a random card from our abandoned game at him as if it were a shuriken, but it floats idly a couple feet in front of me. Ace of Spades.”

INFINITY LOOP
by ANNE CECELIA HOLMES

“I imagine I must be here
for another reason and yet
my heart keeps pumping
the same blood day after day.”


WATER PARK
by MICHELLE BETTERS

“Blurred on top of water
is the image of a father in a pool
where there’s also a large snake
or in a different pool without a snake”


“NEW YORK, NEW YORK” IS NOT A SAD SONG
by COURTNEY PREISS

“Move to Brooklyn the morning after Whitney Houston dies. Snow lines the ground, ruptured blood vessels line your eyes. Reason with yourself: if you move to New York in February and live to thaw out in the spring, then you can love this city in the best and worst conditions.”


EXCERPT FROM A RAFT MANIFEST
by REM + ROM

“I live in beautiful old buildings
that your fathers lived in,
& their fathers.”


NO STEEPLE
by TALIN TAHAJIAN

“I live in beautiful old buildings
that your fathers lived in,
& their fathers.”


EXCERPTS FROM HARBORS
by DONALD QUIST

“Teacher, do you know Drake, Future, Chris Brown, 2 CHAINZ, liLwayne, BIG SEANickiminajuIcyjayz!?!?!”