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The Embrace So pale, he’s almost green, a bit yellow, slightly iridescent— in that second before he touches you, you wish you could make him pretty again.  Even through his overcoat you’ll feel...

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Yasss Child by Dale Corvino "Do you remember when we met?” Nico asked me over a FaceTime call. Nico had long ago lost his hair and...

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Tartara, The Prince of Dance Harsh. Fierce. What was it about perfection? Why the constant movement Nureyev? Why the wings? Why the sad longing? Yes, the boys...

Caroling at St. Vincent’s, 1986: Poetry by Marcia Pelletiere

Caroling at St. Vincent's, 1986 So typical of the sick, for years, my mind bent over microscopes, brooding for the millionth time about my injury. But now and...

San Francisco General: Poetry by Greg Casale

San Francisco General The final time I looked into your eyes they were in a urine cup three floors down. I hope the old gods slipped turquoise in your...

The Pond: Fiction by John Whittier Treat

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The Good Fight: Poetry by Joey Amaral

The Good Fight Round after round, Pound after pound. Gotta get up, Can’t stay down. The fight is on, The curtains never drawn. Arms are heavy, Legs are weak, Oh my god, it’s...

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Living Truth Danez Smith Shares Their Insights About Poetry as Resistance by John Francis Leonard Photographed Exclusively for A&U by Brent Dundore–BrentDundore.com & BDPortraits.com The poetry of Danez...

Rafael Campo: Poet, Physician, Advocate

Then and Now In a Collection of New & Selected Poetry, Physician Rafael Campo Explores HIV in a Medical Idiom by Noah Stetzer 1994 is the year...

Nightstand: Fiction by James Magruder

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