Signing Forms

artist: Seamlessoo by Catherine Zickgraf That December, home from school, I’d finish my shift at 3 a.m. My hands cracked gripping the wheel. My breath froze in my lungs I though they’d turn to stone. The houses, too, were hollow. The road, too, unlit. My job was to go home. I sat on the steps…

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Postpartum

Artist: Darvianna Major by Catherine Zickgraf Paper neighbors drape my couch. They hold the baby, bake casseroles I can’t taste. I nibble when he sleeps or sleep when he naps after I’ve boiled the bottles and washed some spoons. I awoke this morning on the roll of toilet paper. Seems it cushioned my cheek sufficiently…

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Eighth Grade

Artist:  Mohamed Sobeha by Catherine Zickgraf We were empty-eyed cinder blocks, ringed keys unlocking the doorknobs. Among junior high’s sleepy congregation, an audience of our class’s generation, only some of us showed up praised and amen-ed. School taught me typing for college essays and gave me chances to run away. We’d flood from the school…

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Two Poems

Artist:  Marcos Guinoza by J.S. MacLean Evolution The scientists said trees grow, I watched one awhile and no they do not. Invisible Minority They are not ghosts that prowl the earth down lanes of truth with greed for sight. ___ J.S. MacLean has been writing poetry since the early 70s with two collections “Molasses Smothered…

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Two Haikus

artist: alis laura by Gerard Sarnat Oedipal Inadequate dad’s persona of perfection is a projectile. Have Faith? Canon, curse, sermon, tongues, discourse, dharma, bible — ishkabibble ___ Gerard Sarnat is a physician who’s built and staffed homeless and prison clinics as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. He won the Poetry in the…

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She Said

Artist: Matias Alonso Revelli  by Lauren Bender quickly, the rules of shacking up in a she shed. turn away from your real house like others turn away from satan, sparkling with distaste. display your set of chairs and their soft porch cushions. embrace those who register words rather than how outrageous the words are. those…

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