New Texas

Twilight

Twilight

by Anne Whitehouse   I stand at the trajectory of loss, sunset glare in my eyes.   As evening deepens, fireflies rise from the lawn to the treetops, floating higher and higher as if they were stars.

The Golden State

The Golden State

by Jonathan B. Ferrini The Department of Motor Vehicles in California is a great equalizer. It has no race, income, gender, or sexual prejudices. It treats everybody miserably. What happened to this state?  Rising rents, astronomical home prices, traffic congestion, homelessness. I remember growing up in California in the fifties, when life was better. OrangeRead more about The Golden State[...]

The Kentucky Resolutions and a More Perfect Union

The Kentucky Resolutions and a More Perfect Union

by William Matthew McCarter In September of 1787, the United States Constitution was adopted by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Legend has it that at the close of the Constitutional Convention, an interested party asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a Republic or a Monarchy?”  Benjamin FranklinRead more about The Kentucky Resolutions and a More Perfect Union[...]

bone country

bone country

by D. Ellis Phelps — for Mary Ann   i sit in your rocking chair thinking what it must have been like to be you —great-grandmother braided white hair cane-backed poddy-chair —its porcelain pot how cold it was when i sat there my bottom  bare as my dangling feet the thinker thinking ~ —your mindRead more about bone country[...]

Fuck It All

Fuck It All

by Ben Crawford Bomb the shithole countries, Fine by me, I would sign off, Remember Philly, maybe the Alleghenies My ancestors patented the Caddo Cough, Blame the British for money and soot. So with mustard and nukes, don’t pussyf We pay to watch commies fight, Try our best at destabilizing bravado. I see no reason,Read more about Fuck It All[...]

We Grew Up

We Grew Up

by Ben Chambers I grew up on Saturday cartoons and cereal, After He-Man, we played basketball at school. You grew up with breakfast immaterial, Lacking nutrition, 6’2”, 4.6 40, chiseled. I grew up on parents’ upon grandparents’ love That continued as I aged, adulted, faltered. You grew up under a lawman’s brandishing Judge’s barrel decisionsRead more about We Grew Up[...]

Women Dancers

Women Dancers

  by Ben Crawford I recoil from women, Whose hips move, I freeze looking At their movements Bare feet that Speak new languages, I am slower with one She intimidates These muscles and A mind, offbeat, Understanding less Than a French accent, A Spanish heart, Stiff English, American solitude.

Thicker Blood

Thicker Blood

by Ben Crawford Marty etched on the underside, Lifted, exalted, and cheered. Friends drinking the thicker liquid In steins Hung above bartops grimy Acid dripping From the cirrhosis compacting Yesterday’s intake. The brotherhood that exits neon Arrives pale-shaded Wives’ gloom storm the fortress Filed fingernails A head smacking on the bathroom floor Sirens slur. CarsRead more about Thicker Blood[...]

I Test

I Test

by Ben Crawford I don’t know when I first knew death was out for me. In church, I gave myself the “I” test. – Who am I? When am I? What am I? – I was in church after all. I thought, I’ll go see him. I’ll get baptized. I’ll wait my life out. ThenRead more about I Test[...]