Nina’s Alcoholism

Nina’s glasses were from Calvin Klein and every time she served wine (in Chicago), she broke one or someone did. Every time I was over (three or four get-togethers) it happened. Then in New York (they had left us), her fiancé left. He left her because she was an alcoholic. (And she took cocaine onto […]


In the story of the lady in the moon, there is only one ending: to live out her nights as a captive, over and over, as if some necessary penance, as if a sorrow to see a woman paper-thin against the lesser light.

Two Poems

Before a screw in the rail broke the skin / on my hand as I told my brother not to open / the door for anyone.

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Ejije and Ihe Di Ka (Mimic Series) Facing

Artist Feature: Nanci Amaka

Some things require you sit in the dark for them to reveal themselves to you. Other things will never fully reveal themselves, though we feel their presence.

image of guava at a fruit stand

Two Micros by Stefania Gomez

She holds the coins to my weeping willow face / and shows how I will change their shape, / how they will flatten under freight.

a completely empty subway platform

Outta the way, Muslim

It’s what I am, undeniably. Brown skin, long clothes, hijab wound twice around my hair. In this moment, it is both fact and insult.

a valley with grass, trees, and a river with mountains

Apocalypse Logic

Two boston-tilixam asked the people in line behind me, “Is this the line to get in?” When they heard that it was, they went to the front of the line.

image of a human bone cross section

Two Poems by Korey Williams

for togetherness is itself a separateness / like the way uniformity can look like love