but anyway, there I am, running, running, 35,30, 25, 20, / and God almighty there’s the touchdown.

Darius Atefat-Peckham

I wonder if the worlds we first know / leave us the way we are

Roey Leonardi

 
Which is to say, violence does not end with flesh rupturing; / the body knows to translate trauma into silhouettes.

Nadia Jo

 

Nobody covers your eyes / though you are too young to witness this

Rohshaye Lincoln

 

rifle between his knees, / whom I mistook for a farmer before I knew everyone / awaited something infernal.

Vicky Brown Varela

you’ll be in a hospital bed next to a gunshot / victim, thread embedded in the both of you.

Yanna Cassell

 

you touch a dead bee’s stinger to / see how it feels

Kelly Hui

 

She knew I needed a refill, her eyes glanced up from the clipboard / in her hands to me. Her eyes landed right below mine.

Arden Dodge

 

 

The left one. The one left / with remembering her,

 

Brian Morris

 

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