Monica Youn

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Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press 2016), Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003). Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry.…

Stone Cold Steve Austin Cannot Be Forgotten

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Brian Oliu   What you want to know is who was my favorite. What you hear is not what you want to hear—a name that means nothing as it was born from something pressing—a technician with a quick first strike that came of age after you out grew the lariat, the steel chair. What you…

My Shopping List

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Victoria Saltz   “No harm done, am I right?” That was the third time I had been wrong that day. I smiled earnestly at the cashier in the green apron bending down to pick up the bruised apples. It’s funny how fruit bruises the way people do, but on people, bruises heal. They’re gone in…

Multiverse

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Jeffrey Ricker   You learn about the multiverse theory from your Facebook feed, when a story about it appears above a photo someone posts of your best friend from high school. It’s unexpected, that photo. He’s in his forties, like you, and he looks almost the same as back then…and yet, not. It takes a…

Trompe L’Oeil

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2017 Nonfiction Award Winner, Chosen by Elena Passarello Liz Asch   The apartment we’ve rented for the remainder of our stay in New York is on the fifteenth floor, with a perfect view of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. At night, all of the city sprawls beneath us in…

TIME TO BLEED

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Ander Monson   Things keep happening outside my screen. In 1993 the Michigan Militia guy I work with in Electronics at Walmart tries to recruit me—unsuccessfully. The video he showed me does not convince. He moves to jewelry. My shoplifting is not discovered, or not directly. I quit before I’m fired. He’s still there, I…

To Finally Embrace Living

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Nick Kowalczyk   That Tuesday morning I awoke with an aching body and yellow shit clumped around my eyes and caked across my temples like two dried-out streams during a summer drought. It was 7:31 a.m. My phone was buzzing with a text message from my mother and I wondered what was wrong. It had…

Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder (Complicated Grief)

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Chelsea Dingman   “The truth is, that every death is violent.”-Samuel Johnson Then, let me know the violence of the last day of sun. The violence of a thousand orphaned forget-me-nots, floating in the fields. The women bent in child- birth. The child who hanged herself inside me before birth. Let me know the violence…

A Lesson in Weight and Thankfulness

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Moira J. I am borne of cactus fruit and seeds from the mesquite tree—my arms are weatherworn and I dream of dancing, my legs giving way to tallow and meat, bones being worked into needles and scrapers for flesh-ridden hides.         I have gathered salt from the desert         to trade for granite tips and…

Riddle of the Runaway Earth

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Johnny Damm Benjamin Patterson (1934-2016) Johnny Damm is the author of Science of Things Familiar (The Operating System, 2017) and the chapbooks Your Favorite Song (Essay Press, 2016) and The Domestic World: A Practical Guide (Little Red Leaves, forthcoming). His work has recently appeared in Poetry, Denver Quarterly, the Rumpus, Drunken Boat, and…
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