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Making Stephen’s Panel

Poetry by Chuck Willman Making Stephen's Panel In Memory of Stephen Allen Love, 3/19/53–4/9/99 Stephen was my husband’s ex-lover, his first real relationship in the glory days...

A Parade

A Parade I think I may have just experienced one of the most prophetic prayers ever: men, women and ladyboy prostitutes parading down Beach Road...

Cool Limbo

A review of Cool Limbo (NYQ Books) by Michael Montlack Cool Limbo, Michael Montlack’s first full-length collection of poems, takes some unpacking: Like any great work...

Foundation

Foundation The foundation you built Rested on grass Sewn together and stretched out So Washington could see, so we all could see How much memories mean How much...

The Hour

The Hour gliding hand in hand to bed, night was a dark flower a trail of roses sunflowers the autumn breath of their lives together the final hour —Antonio Gomes Antonio...

The Plague

The Plague since no blade fits to shave its locks it steals into our territory hiding like weed amongst wheat it snipes at our soldiers and unbars our gates...

Dream of Ding Village

Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke Grove/Atlantic This novel has been banned in the author’s native China. Yan Lianke is from Henan Province, the site of...

Spotlight: War Diaries

According to the press release from AIDS Project Los Angeles, War Diaries is “a new collection of words and images that highlights the impact...

Procession

Procession I am the latest in a line of who knows how many women. I’ve accepted that. He says he loves me. That much I believe. If he loved himself, he’d...

Crying

Crying “You cry but harm nothing in yourself.” —Tony Kushner, Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika Those tears aren’t real they’re not from your well only borrowed and now...

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A Top Ten List

I am emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally spent. So let’s keep it light. No long, lyrical extended metaphors this month. No highly stylized short...

Detecting Stigma