Heat Index by Brenda Miller and Julie Marie Wade
In the 16th century, shipping companies often paid sailors in rations of rum. The sailors (always wary of the bosses) learned how to see if they were being ripped off…”
Quả Hồng Vàng by Kelly Morse
“That first autumn in Hanoi I didn’t eat persimmons because I’d mismatched books and life. A Chinese apple, your teacher said…”
The Radiators in Ellen Reed House by Liz Ahl
“have been pushing their ancient water
through these plaster walls…”
The Radium Girls by Liz Ahl
“Time used to tick, to trip,
to click between …”
Saturn V by Liz Ahl
“Unlike grief, escape
has only three stages…”
Honeysuckle by Maggie Bailey
“is taste not scent,
Alternative Air Source by Bobby Bolt
“If the ocean is only a sequence of shared breaths,
Then you may dream your way across…”
Physical Geography Lecture by Bobby Bolt
“I hope you’re taking notes: The nature of nature
is to move,…”
He’s a wildflower by Austin Eichelberger
“jaw decorated with soft thorns…”
Heat Wave by Jennifer Highland
“Bronx summer streets
smelling of piss and petunias…”
The Insulators by Jennifer Highland
“We try to keep the weather here controlled,
and so we softly barricade…”
Climate Change my Body by Jenny McBride
“The warmest years on record
and my body is coming into its own…”
Last Day to Save on Sarah Jaeger’s “Throwing and Alternative Video” by Andrea Witzke Slot
“sign me up for the master class of how.
Train me to…”
The Palm of Proprioception by Andrea Witzke Slot
“The sense of touch arrives early, long before the others…”
Unpacking by Larry Thacker
“My father is fresh back from Vietnam.
I see this in a memory I shouldn’t…”
Recipe by Patti White
“Say it began with an oven so hot…”
Boûts-Rimés: God’s Grandeur (1934) by Katherine Williams
“In black-and-white, five children in a god-
forsaken shanty of loose boards…”
For My Father, Who Will Someday Die by P.J. Williams
“Likely because his lungs
have turned umber, lost…”
Candling by Annie Woodford
“Short and sort of defeated even then…”
Melisma by Annie Woodford
“You love the radio,
love the thump & pop…”
Last Day to Save on Sarah Jaeger’s “Throwing and Alternative Video”
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No longer interested in why,
sign me up for the master class of how.
Train me to be an able student, Sarah.
Teach me the art of kneading mud.
Let me be your apprentice,
your tyro intern—
How I long to dip my hands
into spinning vats,
still the world into practical objects of design.
But alternatives, Sarah?
Just what are the other ways of throwing, molding,
firing? Please divulge your secrets.
Please tell all. This is a new call
from one desperate for a new
one that might solve
Please reply soon.
I have one day left.
And my fingers are hot with clay.