4 Poems — Kevin Rabas

Boom Town “We used to hunt mushrooms   where your house is,” I tell Michelle. The big   houses went in around us, the cows gone   we used to shoo from the baby pool, the… Continue reading

4 Poems — Gerry LaFemina

Ballot Box The only time I ran for office the returns were delivered by our civics teacher. Since my nomination my campaign had been phenomenal, and if casinos gave odds for high school… Continue reading

For the Care and Control of the Insane — Jen Rouse

SYNOPSIS Hummingbird Girl is a poet going through the process of electroconvulsive therapy. Though the process is standard and she is merely surrounded by doctors and nurses, Hummingbird Girl is plagued by images… Continue reading

Outpatient — Ema Dumitriu

My love for this language Is custom-made Stockholm Syndrome A feral flying swan Its neck into the future Its feet into the past            (I love and bleed. Is that not            how it is… Continue reading

Shluchim: A Tale of Tel Aviv — Thomas P. Balázs

It was a night like any of a thousand I had spent precisely the same way in the same place, silently, mindlessly, waiting, heedless of anything but quiet, patient hunger. I was perched… Continue reading

Why Monet Still Matters — Nicole Pekarske

I didn’t know until I saw them live, in situ, that the greatest Waterlilies were not flat, rectangular paintings but huge curved panels muraling a series of oval rooms. You go to the… Continue reading

Soul and Egg — Sara Wainscott

This comic is part of an ongoing mash-up experiment. In this project, I’ve used Winsor McKay’s hundred-year-old comic strip “Dream of the Rarebit Fiend” as a given form and placed it in conversation… Continue reading

3 poems — Cal Freeman

Discussing Escher’s “Puddle” with my Father That your mind weren’t made of time and water, father. A puddle in tire tracks, a reflection of shagged larches, wet boot prints in the muck. It… Continue reading

4 Poetry Collages — Susan Yount

Click images to enlarge. *** Susan Yount is the Editor and Publisher of Arsenic Lobster; works fulltime at the Associated Press; teaches online poetry workshops at the Rooster Moans and is the founder… Continue reading

3 Poems — Paul Siegell

Source material: Bohemian Paris: Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, and the Birth of Modern Art by Dan Franck (Grove Press, 2003). M__TM___RE (186) with his long to hum and one. He would finish with a… Continue reading

Arroz Caldo — Ryan Montoya

Filipino Arroz Caldo is a rice porridge dish comprised of chicken, fish sauce, garlic, and ginger, occasionally garnished with scallions. Thicker than chicken noodle soup, thinner than rice congee, its ubiquity in the… Continue reading

Two Ekphrastic Poems — Susanna Lang

Studio Visit: New Work           Ann Worthing If you hold earth in your hands— a clod of dirt from where you dug in the garden—it will crumble to dust. Light scatters in the late… Continue reading

Selections from the forthcoming [fóto] grám – mah – tik: veracity — Robert Masterson

HUNTSVILLE, TX – June 23, 1989 “The condemned’s last meal consisted of, clockwise from top, chili, hash brown potatoes, coffee with nondairy creamer, ‘carne adovado,’ two eggs (over easy), and a flour ‘tortilla.’… Continue reading

2 poems — Todd McCarty

The following poems are from a manuscript titled Rock Leaf River. They focus on the photographs of Andy Goldsworthy. Water and Leaves Sometimes it’s about the floating and not being carried off. How… Continue reading

THE OPPD POWER STATION SEEN IN THE DISTANCE — Robert Klein Engler

it looks like winter out the roofs are covered over with broad sheets of snow an overcast sky is half day- light and half still night a loft of pigeons circles around and… Continue reading