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Fall 2022

David A. Gaines Hermelinda Hernandez Monjaras Daisy Clar Rosenstock Christie Valentin-Bati Arianne Elena Payne Charlie Glick Nat Raum Jack Sadicario Brian Duran-Fuentes Nadyja von Ebers Jonathan Fletcher DJ Leary Robert Randolph, Jr. Darci Schummer Haro Lee

College Dollhouse, 1996

by Haro Lee VOICEMAIL POEMS · "College Dollhouse, 1996" by Haro Lee this house swells. abundant with thesweetness of kids. on damp days we miss our mothers & lack fruit.i love you with indica, with gluttony, suspending uson the sunday couch. still, that tropicof rot: we bitter our lips & sicken of each other.sedated byContinue reading “College Dollhouse, 1996”

The Lost Pleiad

by Robert Randolph, Jr. VOICEMAIL POEMS · "The Lost Pleiad" by Robert Randolph, Jr. Running wild in the streets,darting behind concrete pylons,smoking and kissing between drags,we embarrassed familiar spiritswith our fortune. Their tongueslapped at our folly, but we didn’t care.We, two lusty deities, carried onlike that the whole summer,drawing ourselves from dark rooms,charming ourselves untilweContinue reading “The Lost Pleiad”

Punctuation like Borders

by DJ Leary VOICEMAIL POEMS · "Punctuation Like Borders" by DJ Leary Recently, I’ve seen writers taking upthe semicolon as a kind of totem.The comma’s less popular older brotherwho’s really into objectivist literature,WWII specials, and Dungeons & Dragons.Relic from a past generation, thisplucky punctuation is determinedto stage a comeback.“Make semicolons great again!” Its purpose isContinue reading “Punctuation like Borders”

No Longer Boys

by Jonathan Fletcher VOICEMAIL POEMS · "No Longer Boys" by Jonathan Fletcher After the funeral of our former classmate, wegathered at the playground of our old school,where we once frolicked about as boys.Struck by how small it now appeared,we, though grown, surely looked the same.O, what happened to those young men,who propelled themselves down theContinue reading “No Longer Boys”

I’m No Good at Small Talk

by Nadyja von Ebers VOICEMAIL POEMS · "I'm No Good at Small Talk" by Nadyja von Ebers My whole life, a series of lovespells I refuse to reverse, bound forever to each and everylover, infinite marriages spun like DNA helices,like cotton candy. If I ever loved youI still love you and my god, can IContinue reading “I’m No Good at Small Talk”

Roadside Crucifixes

by Brian Duran-Fuentes VOICEMAIL POEMS · "Roadside Crucifixes" by Brian Duran-Fuentes Roadside crucifixes,Bleaching incandescent,Glowing, all September long.True, the dead rise early,But they have nowhere elseTo roam around these days.Hell is too gentrified,Heaven is a share timeAdvertised in doujinEzekiel never wrote.Seven steps, eight maybe,Is all they can affordTo lease around their grave.Amber marigold vendors,Hyped-up, cheapened folklore.TheirContinue reading “Roadside Crucifixes”

In Which You Are the World’s Oyster

by Nat Raum VOICEMAIL POEMS · "In Which You Are the World's Oyster" by Nat Raum my calling was to be shucked, shelldiscarded like a skinny dipper, porous shieldpried apart for meat, never pearls— never was there freshwater pure enoughfor grit to taste like sugar, for precious stonesto fall like teeth in the same kindContinue reading “In Which You Are the World’s Oyster”