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Geffrey Davis

My Last Love Poem for a Crackhead, #23 some nights I hear my father’s long romance with drugs echoed in the skeletal choir of crickets. At each approach, a silence cuts in. And I wonder which part speaks more to this dance with addiction: the frailty of concord or the hard certainty of the coda’s

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July 25, 2014

Courtney Maum

Now, my impression that I’d sold out was a private one, shared neither by my gallerist, Julien, happily traipsing about the room affixing red dots to the drywall, nor by the swell of brightly dressed expatriates pushing their way through conversations to knock their plastic glasses of Chablis against mine. There was nothing to be

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July 18, 2014

Karen Rizzo

I was twenty when Mary Lou and Me was published—my first and only novel. I had turned my life into a funny and tragic fiction and actually became my own Mary Lou. But a new problem soon presented itself—namely, topping that literary gold-medal equivalent—and I struggled over my second novel for the next seven years,

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July 11, 2014

Laura McBride

There was a year of no desire. I don’t know why. Margo said I was depressed; Jill thought it was “the change.” That phrase made me laugh. I didn’t think I was depressed. I still grinned when I saw the roadrunner waiting to join me on my morning walk. I still stopped to look at

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June 20, 2014

Wally Rudolph

We left driving out of Santa Fe on all the big new roads and then caught Highway 285 and started our way north. I swore at myself and didn’t stop until I lost the drought-cursed town in the rearview mirror. Just as New Mexico’s all God-painted sunsets can hum you a lullaby every night, the

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June 13, 2014

Sean Davis

In those couple of days, it was like we weren’t at war at all. I heard no one talk about it, and there was little mention of it on the news. In LA, nobody gives a shit about anything but LA. A ridiculous thought crossed my mind: maybe the war didn’t exist. Maybe I could

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June 6, 2014

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