Dream of Presidential Exchange as Birdsong

David Blomenberg

                                                     Starling and gaudy jay. Accusatory. Feeble and broken sounds throughout the brighter debate. Air and years of service. Mossy logs as podia. Quick flourishes, wing-flashes, nearly savage equipments of that…

Practicing Her Eulogy

Alex Chertok

The father of the week-old boy and the mother of the week-dead son both spoke faraway to me over the phone. The father’s was the promise of endlessness a seashell…

Startups

Jason Gray Platt

CHARACTERS J: 30-ish. I: 30-ish. The play requires five actors. Each actor will play four scenes (two as J and two as I), one with every other actor. J and…

Six Thirteen Sixteen

Cate McLaughlin

on learning of the Orlando shooting, 6-13-2016 Do you prefer waiting to listening do you see shapes loitering in the periphery have you noticed an increase in movement behind the…

Ten Dead Darlings

Roger Rosenblatt

Every so often (all right, every day) I write something with no idea where it’s going. In most cases the answer is, nowhere. So I find myself in possession of,…

Afflictions

Adonis

from Concerto Al-Quds* Translated from Arabic by Khaled Mattawa A. Questions *Why is every atom of Palestine’s ash an open wound? *How does this wound create life with the implements…

4. Verse

Nurduran Duman

Translated from Turkish by Andrew Wessels anyone pulled from their roots, from their soil, waits for the time they’ll meet again.   if it didn’t expand if it crumbled the…

Parting

Anzhelina Polonskaya

Translated from Russian by Andrew Wachtel With Love and Sorrow You still seem young to me. A dying September sun filters through the blinds into our poor kitchen, illuminating your…

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