JR Mahung

here is the story whereby / the black boy is carried unto a river / named by his people for a road into the sun

JR Mahung2019-09-29T19:48:49-04:00

Kay Ulanday Barrett

On the weekends during lunch, / a cigarette balanced on a grin, / BBQ marinade of RC cola, B96 blaring bass, / Tito Bong made the meat.

Kay Ulanday Barrett2019-09-29T19:48:46-04:00

Amalie Kwassman

still telling the same story in the hospital / about how grandma was choking and choking on that pill / but she got it down with just a little bit of applesauce

Amalie Kwassman2020-01-31T22:25:04-05:00

Nicholas Goodly

call them low art I send bangers only / my nudes are a Rothko Yellowbone no. 2 I am / pictured in pleasure a joy almost aggressive

Nicholas Goodly2019-09-29T19:46:46-04:00

Olatunde Osinaike

Decades from now my first father-daughter dance unrehearsed & / wouldn’t you know it I’m already there though my legs are still catching

Olatunde Osinaike2019-09-29T19:46:43-04:00

Ijeoma Umebinyuo

The birds chirp, the sun follows, this is how the morning arrives / And my cousin Chinelo knocks on my door, waiting for breakfast

Ijeoma Umebinyuo2020-01-31T21:54:25-05:00

jess Rizkallah

i wish i could go into ambiguous romantic interactions with a sign around my neck that says I AM NOT YOUR MOTHER

jess Rizkallah2020-02-01T13:57:30-05:00

Jason Harris

three years ago nine black disciples were slain in bible song & since, no signs of goodness have breached the headlines

Jason Harris2020-01-31T21:50:36-05:00

Fargo Tbakhi

and i think i’d like a boy to build a country in. i’d like a boy with land

Fargo Tbakhi2020-01-31T21:48:46-05:00

Brighde Moffat

Fat drops of rain. White spores on a shrinking fist. An infection borne down into the cells.

Brighde Moffat2020-01-31T21:44:49-05:00

Vriddhi Vinay

I grabbed his hand and twisted its spokes through my thicket / and said I would peel his face back the way he peeled

Vriddhi Vinay2020-01-31T21:43:00-05:00

George Abraham

i want to write about the blueberries i picked from the throat of a New England fall afternoon; how my hands plucked each branch like a familiar melody.

George Abraham2020-02-05T08:41:06-05:00

Chibųìhè Obi

made out of thin copper wires originally from a moon planet averse to gravity aware of the pool of rainwater wet stones

Chibųìhè Obi2020-01-31T21:41:15-05:00

Eli Tareq Lynch

into her, and I’m just trying not to get burnt, trying to keep myself whole. Will you try to shatter me?

Eli Tareq Lynch2020-01-31T21:39:45-05:00

Kwame Opoku-Duku

brother i was in a dream state/ Jesus was there/ & Gil Scott-Heron/ & the only sound/ the whirr of the ceiling fan/ brother/ the night we took

Kwame Opoku-Duku2020-01-31T21:35:43-05:00

Piera Varela

It has been five seasons since Rat King was made into Rat King. It took one season for them to learn to speak in unison

Piera Varela2020-01-31T21:33:52-05:00

Rushi Vyas

We find a note in the house from St. V’s, a summons to a meeting to discuss suspension

Rushi Vyas2020-01-31T21:31:29-05:00

Yolandi Cruz Guerrero

“after church, purse filled with easter eggs & holy water the wife takes the uncle in, it’s just for a few weeks, until he gets back on his feet.”

Yolandi Cruz Guerrero2020-01-31T21:16:00-05:00

Tess Liem

“Your politics refers to an attempt to make/some part of yourself safe.”

Tess Liem2020-01-31T21:14:50-05:00

Robin Richardson

“You mistook his peace for shyness mistook the blue for pools the eyes for danger because all the other eyes of all the other boys hid hostage narratives”

Robin Richardson2020-01-31T21:14:02-05:00

Rita Mookerjee

“I was nobody’s angel in the centerfold/too ballet scrawny to have any curves/too darkskinned to light up a room/too short to tower over my haters”

Rita Mookerjee2020-01-31T21:13:12-05:00

Penelope Romo

“because i had to, because/there is no room in the anglo o rthography /for an accented o, an ó/who is a mother with an umbilical cord/hanging out loose”

Penelope Romo2020-01-31T21:12:23-05:00

Monica Rico

“I will die on Sunday afternoon in Saginaw/following a plate of my mother’s/enchiladas, fried chicken, and rice.”

Monica Rico2020-01-31T21:11:37-05:00

Jameson Fitzpatrick

“I’m never a teenager at all, if it can be arranged. I see the car coming and don’t make the left turn.”

Jameson Fitzpatrick2020-01-31T21:08:38-05:00

Hannah Cohen

“my children will begin to understand sometimes Dads are not your real Dads maybe their real Dad is still wandering no change of clothes no cash no comb”

Hannah Cohen2020-01-31T21:07:24-05:00

Catch Business

“i can imagine you imagining me doing that with you like i was imagining in that moment / you never really know what the other person is thinking but i thought if we were off the clock i would try to find a way to kiss you”

Catch Business2020-01-31T21:05:33-05:00

Alison Kronstadt

“& what should I have grown up to be? She tried. Parted our hair to the side. Let two boys throw love at her one stuck she thought it was a miracle.”

Alison Kronstadt2020-01-31T21:04:40-05:00

Ish Klein

The depth of the coal ISH KLEIN The Depth of the coalby which I mean, the depth of the cool.The Depth was knowing at

Ish Klein2020-01-31T21:02:54-05:00

Allyson Young

“According to National Geographic, scientists have now developed the technology by which to grow tiny human hearts on spinach leaves.”

Allyson Young2020-01-31T21:01:53-05:00

Asdrubal Quintero

“cut offs and a racoon shirt/or finding fate in cut off (or la coupe)/where have you gone?”

Asdrubal Quintero2020-01-31T21:01:07-05:00

Kyle Lopez

“permiso,/slice open a mango. stream the juice/along my collar bone and drink. Taste…”

Kyle Lopez2020-01-31T20:59:56-05:00

Meredith Ramella

“Only please when you mean it./I’d give you all the stars//slipping across your milky chest,/spill them as secrets…”

Meredith Ramella2020-01-31T20:59:01-05:00

Monica Lewis

“...6 months on, my hair began to drop me in chunks./i was 31. i was not ready to be bald because my brain was breaking.”

Monica Lewis2020-01-31T20:56:47-05:00

Rena Priest

“The super sacredness of this,/my real Indian poem,/is going to absolve all white guilt, /but only if you buy my book…”

Rena Priest2020-01-31T20:54:52-05:00

S. Erin Batiste

“Are your parents married? Why did your father marry her? Does he love her? Why is she so dark?”

S. Erin Batiste2020-01-31T20:54:05-05:00

Sanna Wani

“Don't know where my singing voice has gone./I swear I saw it somewhere here”

Sanna Wani2020-02-01T13:37:52-05:00

Trenton Pollard

“Two had been attacked/and had metal plates/in their foreheads./One thought he was dying,/but it was just the DT’s.”

Trenton Pollard2020-01-31T20:52:05-05:00

Nisa Malli

“Sparrows tumbled from my throat, which is to say/the surgery was a success”

Nisa Malli2020-01-31T20:50:03-05:00

Natalie E. Illum

“if her allergens would keep to themselves./God forbid you have to be mindful/of dairy or cross contamination./...God forbid you ever worry/about the size and symbols/of a bathroom stall.”

Natalie E. Illum2020-01-31T20:47:42-05:00

Maitreyi Ray

“Slender girl with thick black plaits hides her teeth/from me when she smiles. her friendship is bravery./my body is violence.”

Maitreyi Ray2020-01-31T20:46:50-05:00

Karen An-Hwei Lee

“4. “Drink a daily glass of kombucha instead of sweet tea, blue algae, or cola.”/5. “Is kombucha similar to zero-calorie water or rambutan agua fresca?”/6. “You look so young. Do you drink a lot of kombucha or is it the melanin?”’

Karen An-Hwei Lee2020-01-31T20:27:41-05:00

Dolly Lemke

“Dear dying moon/Dear blooming cherry/Dear barn window//Please grant permission”

Dolly Lemke2020-01-31T20:25:36-05:00

Caitlin Thomson

“7. Pop one’s clogs/8. Struck down/9. Food for worms/10. Join the great majority”

Caitlin Thomson2020-01-31T20:24:36-05:00

Faylita Hicks

“she say she a witch now. can’t nobody break what’s broken & i’m all ivory.”

Faylita Hicks2020-01-31T20:23:27-05:00

Colette Arrand

“When cis men say they worry/about dying in the floodwaters of a former/sheet of ice, I think it must be nice, the privilege/that allows a cis man to worry about drowning…”

Colette Arrand2020-01-31T20:22:08-05:00

Destiny Birdsong

“//whachu want/from me?//whachu/got that won’t get//me killed?/i ask this//of every//land/i’ve planted”

Destiny Birdsong2020-01-31T20:21:17-05:00

Kaiya Gordon

“Type drugs,/delete drugs. Type illness,/delete illness. I’m blurry/& depleted…”

Kaiya Gordon2020-01-31T20:20:10-05:00

Teo Mungaray

“funny how death isn’t much on the mind isn’t much a real thing isn’t much a/ concern until your body is a galactic crucible is a pillar of creation for the death-makers”

Teo Mungaray2020-01-31T20:19:49-05:00

Sagirah Shahid

“Yesterday, I spent hours stroking the glean off my phone/until it erased every dead thing, until the dead were entwined/into its body.”

Sagirah Shahid2020-01-31T20:18:53-05:00

Nooks Krannie

“god under my chin//hung together by a rusted artery/a copper clasp, poking”

Nooks Krannie2020-01-31T20:18:00-05:00

Jennifer Conlon

“Turn me into a mirror, a space/for you to trap light, arms/rising up to make/the illusion of a head”

Jennifer Conlon2020-01-31T20:37:56-05:00

Aeon Ginsberg

“The saying goes that revenge is a chilled soup. So, start with 2 whole Spanish yellow onions.”

Aeon Ginsberg2020-01-31T20:37:04-05:00

Alexandria Hall

“I never liked his mother/because she never liked me. Afraid of the damage//when the damage leans over.”

Alexandria Hall2020-01-31T20:35:59-05:00

Elisa Gonzalez

“Once an not now I/parachuted from a daring little plane.//As if a shipwreck survivor I crawled onto shore.”

Elisa Gonzalez2020-01-31T20:34:38-05:00

Alexandra Martinez

My sister and I rolled our eyes at the stench: / sweet rotting orange salty seeds all sweat and tears / Now we squeeze oranges over our heads / Let their yolks drip down

Alexandra Martinez2020-02-01T01:03:25-05:00

Layne Ransom

“I want a life where I feel strange and intimate/with the border between the real and unreal//and still get to eat.”

Layne Ransom2020-01-31T20:32:46-05:00

Brandon Melendez

“if Rome had fallen here, this desert/would have made it look like the most miraculous/& inviting smoke.” “if Rome had fallen here, this desert/would have made it look like the most miraculous/& inviting smoke.”

Brandon Melendez2020-01-31T20:31:48-05:00

Brittany Adames

“Often, when my mother leafs through large, cluster stacks of paper and/prepares them for the shredder, I imagine skin.”

Brittany Adames2020-01-31T20:31:01-05:00

Darla Mottram

“I say hello/to a small face peeking/round the corner of someone’s house:/a cat in my mind/until it stands upright…”

Darla Mottram2020-01-31T20:30:00-05:00

Kimberly Reyes

“He grabs and grabs your hand and you keep going, daring and bargaining and begging for grace, trapped in all the muck and fluidity of the in between space.”

Kimberly Reyes2020-01-31T20:39:26-05:00

Starr Davis

“My vagina is mostly scales; it belongs/in the water, filtered and innocent.”

Starr Davis2020-01-31T20:04:13-05:00

Zaphra Stupple

“my dolls have hands not much smaller than mine/I rip the arms off my plastic baby doll/my mother pops them back in the sockets”

Zaphra Stupple2020-01-31T20:03:36-05:00

Parisa Thepmankorn

“And yes,/I still see spirits by the fireplace. A whole orgy/of voluptuous ghosts eating honey roasted peanuts.”

Parisa Thepmankorn2020-01-31T20:03:09-05:00

Tyler Friend

“You have/a sans-serif face; I wanna check out/your cerebrospinal fluid.”

Tyler Friend2020-01-31T20:02:09-05:00

Dana Alsamsam

“People bloom and divide like kaleidoscope beads around her blond yellow bead head.”

Dana Alsamsam2020-01-31T20:01:20-05:00

Geoff Anderson

“in the cobbler I baked a part of me/was not sure you would have a piece/because I could have been//alone.”

Geoff Anderson2020-01-31T20:00:05-05:00

C.T. Salazar

“I’ve seen a boy go missing inside himself, so I searched for him/in cracked church bells & shot-out light bulbs.”

C.T. Salazar2020-01-31T19:58:50-05:00

Alina Pleskova

“& I’m tuned into/the cicadas,/wanting to join/but what part/of the body/makes a sound/so primordial”

Alina Pleskova2020-01-31T19:55:09-05:00

Ali Rachel Pearl

“No. I drank the oldest lake because it was either drink that or the drink the oldest sea and I’d already drank the oldest sea a few months ago…"

Ali Rachel Pearl2020-01-31T19:53:03-05:00

Jaime Zuckerman

I could crumple into you like a piece of paper folded .......into invisible hands or magnolias in late snow.

Jaime Zuckerman2020-01-31T19:44:55-05:00