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Posted on May 28, 2015 by in Positively Literary

Inoculations in memory of Bruce Hlibok (1960-1995) buy xanax online without prescriptionFunny how much New York’s changed since you died. Rents have gone way, way up. Brooklyn is shockingly hip and unaffordable. Even artists starting out are getting out. Sleeping on a sofa in the living room for over a thousand dollars a month has [...]


Posted on April 12, 2015 by in Positively Literary

Quarterly Every ninety days you will sit and you will wait in a blank little room at the clinic by yourself, while the doctors and the nurses pass by the door, and the mumbling noise of their voices will fade under the sound of your heartbeat in your head, like the sound inside your pillow, [...]

Art & Understanding Anthology

Posted on April 8, 2015 by in Noteworthy, Positively Literary

Art & Understanding Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U Eds. Chael Needle & Diane Goettel Black Lawrence Press Literature can form a counternarrative to the “official” story told about the realities of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The “official” story, in the beginning of the pandemic, was silence, followed by a lexicon rife with [...]

It’s Not Over

Posted on April 4, 2015 by in Positively Literary

It’s Not Over The last of the sun is a silver filament through the glazed white elms. Rebirth clings the way that image of you—softer now remains constant. There is something of a cure today—still it’s not over. This morning I heard an owl’s love call, persistent through the hum of heavy traffic. —Joy Gaines-Friedler [...]

HIV in My Eye

Posted on April 3, 2015 by in Positively Literary

[BOOKS] HIV in My Eye by Thomas Gordon Green Lulu.com Reviewed by Alina Oswald HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug: Heaven knows they need it,” the late Princess Diana once said. To some extent, her words ring true to this day. People [...]

Two Poems by Noah Stetzer

Posted on February 25, 2015 by in Positively Literary

Two Poems by Noah Stetzer Measure of a Man Numbers crowd this room: T-cells, viral load, telephone, clocks, oxygen, and the day. Longitude and latitude place us here in the ICU. Chalk on the blackboard graphs numbers on the axis, show the curve of my distinction. A barcoded wrist band spills out my story with [...]

This Is a Test

Posted on January 31, 2015 by in Positively Literary

This Is a Test Do you recoil like you should when the boy says clean to talk about his body? In the crook of your arm you cradle a bruise like a gray-blue quarter. Yesterday a nurse asked how you do with needles— fine as long as you don’t see it go in. When we [...]

Passing By

Posted on December 22, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Passing By “It is not just that we are not what we were, rather it is we are not.” —W. Wayne Karr I’m racing up the marble steps at dusk because I’m a few minutes late, meeting Brian for coffee. He is laughing a bit, still shaking his head, astonished, when I bend to kiss [...]

Confessional Poem, Age Seven

Posted on December 9, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Confessional Poem, Age Seven Uncle Dennis is the entire state of Texas, expanse of great prairie and oil-rigged skyscrapers all contained in the rotunda of his five-foot-eight frame. But when my parents bring him home from Houston, it is 1990. My uncle does not wear his Stetson, does not hug me into the cowboy flank [...]

Monkey Orchid

Posted on November 19, 2014 by in Positively Literary

Monkey Orchid                                                                       ◊ Kelly McQuain’s Velvet Rodeo was recently chosen by poet C. Dale Young for BLOOM magazine’s poetry prize. [...]