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Violent Citizenship

By | 2017-06-20T15:42:41+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Issue 30: 22 June 2017|Tags: , |

By Sakeena Amwaaj Existence stamped onto flattened prison. Fluid bloodlines dried into lines invisible on land. Lines prick us without our knowing, weaving fortunes weaving curses upon generations.   Sakeena Amwaaj is a pen name, used because of the political climate in both the United State and the poet’s home country. Photo credit: perceptions (on & [...]

You’re Nightly Run Down

By | 2017-06-20T15:17:45+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Issue 30: 22 June 2017|Tags: , |

By C. S. Guppy Source: The New York Times evening briefings from February 13 - 15, 2017 Justin Trudeau of Canada went smoothly. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned home from weekend golf outing discussed response to North Korea’s missile test in full view of diners North Korea claims its launch shows [...]

Inaugural Bird Omens

By | 2017-06-15T12:01:59+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Issue 29: 15 June 2017|Tags: , , |

By Annie Connole inauguration (n.) 1560s, from French inauguration “installation, consecration,” and directly from Late Latin inaugurationem (nominative inauguratio) “consecration,” presumably originally “installment under good omens;” noun of action from past participle stem of inaugurare “take omens from the flight of birds; consecrate of install when omens are favorable,” from in- “on, in” (see in- (2)) [...]

Night Falls Before Morning

By | 2017-06-14T16:17:04+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Issue 29: 15 June 2017|Tags: , |

By Erica Gerald Mason On Sunday night I began to read news on my phone, after an afternoon spent fighting a chest cold and watching old episodes of new television shows. I scanned three headlines with escalating alarm and concern, turned the phone off, and returned to the glow of the larger screen. Blinking away outrage like [...]

Inaugural Haiku

By | 2017-06-14T14:10:08+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Issue 29: 15 June 2017|Tags: , |

By Carla Drysdale Damp Geneva seeps into our cold feet marching to protect women. Stone sky tablet for black calligraphy of trees writing history. The new president says he’ll get rid of columns when building new rooms. The new president says he’ll protect you from them and then the rain falls. The president’s mouth puckers when he [...]

Moscow Mule Recipe

By | 2017-06-14T16:11:07+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Issue 29: 15 June 2017|Tags: , |

By Neleigh Olson   Ingredients yellow hair golden showers systemic misogyny an angry base James Bond villains (Russian) Twitter account Directions First, respond bigly, and I mean in a number one way, a terrific way, with the best words, to the number one tricky to our great nation. DO NOT COMPLETE SENTENCES. Keep one foreign friend [...]

Mother

By | 2017-06-06T11:08:56+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Categories: Issue 28: 08 June 2017|Tags: , |

By Noah Leventhal   the desert smells like Mother       stones sundial their way across the dunes        reeking of dust and blood and evaporation     a lizard skitters across the scattered sand each wretched bump in its thorny skin a testament       drooping brittle grass reaching up and down with thirst when the ground shakes     when the wind dies       when [...]

Take a Knee

By | 2017-06-06T11:10:17+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Categories: Issue 28: 08 June 2017|Tags: , |

by stephanie roberts for Colin Kaepernick   Uncle Wade (that stubborn mule), grumbled "Round them up!" In what direction? I wondered. The cane teams of the Caribbean? or way back to the cup and knuckle of Gold Continent and trace origin. "He's half white." I say, spitting cherry seed against our worn bleached deck a hard [...]

Mad, Times Four

By | 2017-06-06T11:09:44+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Categories: Issue 28: 08 June 2017|Tags: , |

By Cody Walker He thought he saw the Sort of Men He’d always Feared or Hated: He looked again, and found it was Eight Years, obliterated. “It’s Sessions . . . Flynn . . . it’s everyone Who—.” Silence, then. We waited. He thought he saw his Dumb Concerns (Exhausted, Getting Fat): He looked again, and [...]

When You Plant Your Riot-Geared Feet

By | 2017-05-29T20:39:38+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Issue 27: 01 June 2017|Tags: , , |

By Brooke Petersen when you plant your riot-geared feet and say, we will brook no resistance, we say, listen to your own words. listen to this. listen: the Anglo-Saxon root brūcen means not to endure or tolerate, not to put up with, but to partake in. means, to need or require. to make use of as [...]

Meeting Place

By | 2017-05-31T10:41:26+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Issue 27: 01 June 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

By Penny Perry Author's note: In August, 2008, Russian tanks and soldiers moved into the Republic of Georgia and killed 228 civilians. In March, 2014 under Putin, Russia seized Crimea. President Obama ordered sanctions against the Russians. Now, President Trump wants to remove the sanctions, and Putin wants to recapture the former territories of the Soviet Union. [...]