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Spring 2021

Marcela Huerta Zinnia Smith Chelsea Harlan Alicia Turner Sarah Sophia Yanni Riley Rennhack Fox Auslander Shayna Hodkin Alison Lubar Cassandra Coale John Salimbene Allyson Whipple Kelly McKay Grace Yannotta Karl Michael Iglesias

Independence Day

by Kelly McKay VOICEMAIL POEMS · “Independence Day” by Kelly McKay sitting on the front porchof the poor housestaring straight into the sun.iridescent beams fill both eyeswith sweating promiseto the brim like twowater balloons tied tightby little fingers pinchedbegging not to burst.“my favorite movies are the oneswhere everyone gets everythingthey want in the end.”answering toContinue reading “Independence Day”

From the Garage Floor

by Allyson Whipple VOICEMAIL POEMS · "From the Garage Floor" by Allyson Whipple On any other Sunday we might be gazingat the afternoon sky, but today we’re staringat my car’s grease-splattered undercarriage,flecks of dirt falling into our mouthswhen I jostle a fixture too hard. Our fingersleave grimy prints where we press them,our gloves useless againstContinue reading “From the Garage Floor”

Morning Poem

by John Salimbene VOICEMAIL POEMS · "Morning Poem" by John Salimbene On my block,morning iswhen the Germanshepherd speaksits fury ata cardinal.I have notyet learnedhow to speakmy fury.Our lawn isa teenage beard;patchy andglisteningwith angst.That mailmanalways flattensour garden, andfills our boxwith Christmas,bigotry andobituaries.I lost twofriends beforeI could vote.The town journalleft out thepills and ropes.The air is thicklikeContinue reading “Morning Poem”

Through the Fence

by Alison Lubar VOICEMAIL POEMS · “Through the Fence” by Alison Lubar Alison Lubar teaches high school English by day and yoga by night. They are a queer, nonbinary femme of color whose life work (aside from wordsmithing) has evolved into bringing mindfulness practices, and sometimes even poetry, to young people.  Most recently, their workContinue reading “Through the Fence”

distant, we watch

by Fox Auslander VOICEMAIL POEMS · “distant, we watch” by Fox Auslander Fox Auslander is a nonbinary poet based in Philadelphia. They are one of two co-editors at Delicate Friend, an assistant poetry editor at Alien Magazine, and probably happy. You can find their recent work in perhappened, Prismatica Magazine, and Eunoia Review, or onContinue reading “distant, we watch”