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Bleeder: A Memoir

Bleeder: A Memoir by Shelby Smoak Michigan State University Press Reviewed by Sally Hessney The pacing of Shelby Smoak’s poignant memoir Bleeder is as measured as a heartbeat....

Second, You Are Really Nigerian: Fiction by JoAnn Stevelos

Fiction by JoAnn Stevelos Second, You Are Really Nigerian Maya One morning I woke up to find myself spooning Lana Jackson’s granddaughter—the beautiful, righteous, god-love-you-all, famous gospel...

The Origin of AIDS

The Origin of AIDS by Jacques Pepin Cambridge University Press Reviewed by Alina Oswald The first officially documented AIDS cases surfaced in the United States in 1981. With the...

Inoculations: Poetry by Raymond Luczak

Inoculations in memory of Bruce Hlibok (1960-1995) Funny how much New York’s changed since you died. Rents have gone way, way up. Brooklyn is shockingly hip...

Asha Molock

Words to Live By Philadelphia Activist Asha Molock Turns Her Positive Thoughts into an Inspirational Book for People Living with HIV by Chip Alfred Photographed Exclusively for...

Peter

for Mark Doty Peter asked for it in his blood. Salt water ocean spray escape were never enough. The human defect is caring too much, fingernails skin and harder...

Two Decades and then Some: Poetry by Raymond Luczak

Two Decades and then Some No one writes about the dead anymore. The fear of infection and loss isn’t so dramatic now. Pills are today’s answer to...

Visit IV: Poetry by Mary Kathryn Vernon

Editor's note: Originally appeared in the August 2005 issue of A&U.   Visit IV On the skirted porch that flanks two sides of the house, on a wicker table, kept...

Drinking You In: Fiction by Chip Livingston

Drinking You In by Chip Livingston Peter hopped into his VW Rabbit and popped the hood. Inhaling the heavy aroma of cedar in the ashtray still...

Morning & Test Trials: Two Poems by Joy Gaines-Friedler

Morning 8/8/90: “Not to worry!!! I want to get better. I don’t want to suffer anguish, anxiety and mental pain anymore. I can’t live like...

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