A disaffected wife finds meaning and renewal in the continuity of her marriage; a noted poet reflects on the role of verse in times of extraordinary hardship; two young Haitian sisters are lost—then miraculously found—while immigrating to the United States; a mafia errand boy’s work and personal life converge during an ill-advised drug-deal; and three children, shunned by their village because their mother died in childbirth, venture into the wilderness. Enjoy reading, or rereading, these remarkably worthwhile pieces.
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Heather Brittain Bergstrom
They retire for the night, he to his bedroom and she to hers. What of it?
Poetry in the Plague Year
Is there a case for poetry in this plague year?
I sobbed quietly, for reality had set in: we were in New York, all alone.
The Last Days of Monkey Zak: Part 1
Mikey smiled. “New Orleans has cometh. Rejoice, Woody.”
Tryphena L. Yeboah
To This God I Will Say
He has his hands on Nii’s throat, and this time I do not stop them.